4th Grade - Health

LESSON PROBLEM: Nutrition: Have you ever wondered why you run out of steam by the end of the day? What causes this?


Exercise strengthens your muscles, increases the endurance of your heart, lungs and circulatory system, helps control your weight and keeps your body fit. Sports-active young people need complex carbohydrates to provide energy to their muscles. Rice is among the foods that are the best energy choices for active young people. Rice, breads, fruits and vegetables should be an important and nutritious part of every diet.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast eaters feel better and they do better in school. BREAKFAST:

Energizes you for the whole day
Provides fuel you will burn off during active play
Reduces the need for snacking

Eating food for fuel during the day is more sensible than sleeping on it at night. You will feel more alert and productive. Breakfast skippers, on the other hand, tend to drag through the day. Rice with milk and fruit will start your day with a nourishing boost.

You will be able to eat a "well-balanced diet" if, during the day, you include the following:

At least four to six servings of carbohydrate foods, such as rice for breakfast, a sandwich at lunch, rice crackers for a snack and rice with dinner.

These carbohydrates provide the perfect fuel for active young people.

Two to three servings of dairy products, such as milk with your rice and a slice of cheese pizza for lunch. Dairy products are one of the best sources of calcium, a mineral that is important for strong bones.

Two to three small servings of protein foods, like peanut butter on an English muffin and a chicken sandwich. One quarter-pounder hamburger is enough for the entire day.

Two to four servings of fruits and/or vegetables. This can be a glass of orange juice at breakfast, an apple at lunch, fruit juice for a snack, and a salad with dinner.

This 6-2-2-4 portion plan can be used for all of your meals. If you simply THINK AND PLAN before you grab, you can easily select wholesome foods that will provide you with good health.


Keep a diary of what you eat for one week. Develop a chart that shows the categories of the foods you have eaten.


Develop a recipe book of foods that are high in complex carbohydrates. Start your recipe book with a rice dish for dinner.

  • carbohydrate
  • complex
  • circulatory
  • nourishing

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