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Your Nutrition Needs

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

How Does Your Diet Compare?

Students will use individual lists compiled in the activity, "Servings and Choices," of the foods they consume during a typical 24-hour period, with the student page, "Serving Sizes and Calories" student page from the same activity. 

First, students should compare their food consumption to recommendations of the Food Pyramid. Some items on their lists may fall into more than one food category. For example, a large portion of lasagna might count as one serving from the bread/grains/cereals group (pasta), one serving from the milk products group (cheese), one-half serving from the vegetable group (tomato sauce), and one serving from the meat group (ground beef). Have students record the foods they ate in the "My Selections" column next to the appropriate categories on the "My Plan" student sheet. 

When students have recorded their original food lists, ask them to compare their eating habits to recommendations of the Food Pyramid. Also, have students consider questions, such as the following. Did you make optimal choices of carbohydrates (whole grain instead of white bread, for example)? Does your diet include too much of anything? Did you have at least five servings of fruits and vegetables?

After students have had time to discuss their lists, have them devise ways to improve their daily eating habits. Their "Healthier Plans" should be recorded in the appropriate column on the sheet.


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.