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Servings and Choices

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Paula Cutler, BS.

What is Your Daily Food Intake?

This activity is designed to help students understand the importance of balancing Calorie consumption and expenditure, and to allow students to examine their own eating patterns. Students may make lists of typical foods they eat in a day or they may keep an actual food diary for 24 hours. It is important for students to include all of their snacks and beverages. Sweetened drinks are a significant source of hidden calories in many teenager’s diets. In addition, students should record the amounts of each item that they eat or drink.

When making their lists, students may have to think about the components of some items. For example, a ham sandwich might consist of two slices of whole wheat bread (140 Cal); 1/2 cup of ham (185 Cal); and 1/2 cup of lettuce (5 Cal).


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.