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The connection between science instruction and health literacy can be found in National Nutrition Month.

Health literacy and nutrition are often taught in conjunction with science instruction. Every March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates a theme and then develops instructional resources and games that can support instruction.  The intention of NNM is to help students make informed food choices and develop sound eating habits using scientifically based nutrition information.

State Nutrition Resources, like California's EatFresh.org

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Low sodium infographic: Would this work with your students?

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Ethnomed has a straightforward visual aid comparing low sodium and high sodium food:  See Sodium Visual Aid 

Would it work with your students?  Does it use examples of items that your students would buy?  What are some things that you do to adjust activities on nutrition to meet your students' background and needs?  Do you have some suggestions for this infographic?

Cynthia Zafft

Health Literacy Moderator

Consumer Economics, Unit Pricing, and Nutrition

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A recent tip from ChooseMyPlate got me thinking about the literacy and numeracy skills needed for meal planning and grocery shopping. The Hubbs Center Adult Basic Education has a unit that weaves literacy, numeracy, nutrition, and consumer awareness skills together.  It ends with a culminating grocery store shopping simulation for students.

Nutrition lessons for ESOL (and Beginning ABE) learners

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The Queens Library Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL Learners is one of the mainstays of the LINCS Health Literacy Resource Collection. It is written for a library-based class to improve English language skills in the context of learning about health, but can be used in ESOL and Beginning ABE classes. It containing 20 units with lesson plans, pair and class-wide interactive activities, worksheets and audio files, including two units on nutrition:

Nutrition and Human Rights Unit

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As part of National Nutrition Month, the LINCS Health Literacy group is looking at nutrition resources for adult learners.  Yesterday, I mentioned that some resources combine health literacy with college and career readiness standards or integrate multiple content areas at the secondary level.  Below is a description of a particularly powerful and well written unit.  I'm including the LINCS Reading and Writing group because, while there is a considerable amount of mathematics content, there is a strong focus on English Language Arts.

Teaching with Technology: Nutrition and SuperTracker Application

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This is a continuation of the discussion for National Nutrition Month.

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Teaching with Technology: SuperTracker Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to the second week of National Nutrition Month and another step in exploring the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition website:  ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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March is National Nutrition Month!

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In honor of National Nutrition Month, I thought it might be a good time to do a deep dive into the information and resources on the website:  ChooseMyPlate.gov from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Type 2 diabetes & traditional foods -- American Indian and Alaska Native adults

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Type 2 diabetes is a growing concern around the world. American Indian and Alaska Native adults are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, Native American youth aged 10 to 19 years are developing type 2 diabetes at higher rates than youth in other racial and ethnic groups of this age.  Healthy eating is one part of turning the picture around for all of us but many basic nutrition units don't use traditional foods.

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