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Healthy Snacks (post-assessment)

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.


  • Have students evaluate the quality of different snacks for people with special needs. For example, ask students to name a healthy snack for someone who must eat less salt, sugar or fats. Or, have students suggest an appropriate snack for a person who needs to include more fiber in his or her diet.
  • Calories measure the amount of energy a food can provide. Most people need about 2,000 to 2,500 calories each day to meet their energy needs. To maintain a healthy weight, we must eat the appropriate amount of food to supply our body with the energy and nutrients we need for daily activities, growth, and maintenance.
  • When a person eats more calories than he or she uses through movement and exercise, the body stores the excess energy as fat. Excess body weight can contribute to many serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932