Explain to the students that the unit, For Optimum Health: Revising the Food Pyramid, is about changing food habits and improving overall health. Let them know that they may be able to get the school system to improve the current lunch program. This should motivate them to listen. Tell them that this concept may be different from any they have ever heard, but that they should give it a chance there is so much to learn.
Invite your students to help you start a chart on the board that shows what they already know about the food groups and of what value they are to good health. Explain that they will complete the chart after they finish this unit. They should make a copy of the chart in a notebook they can purchase just for this unit. The chart may resemble the following:
(chart available in print form)