CELLULITANS OF THE CENTURY:
CHEW THE FAT
A Web Quest for Middle School Health
Designed by: Judee, Shell, Alicia, Karen, and Joye
Cobb County School District
As you have heard on the news,
our town, Cicero, has been named as one of the top
ten cities of this century as being the most obese and unfit communities. This is not
something to be proud of, as you know. We want the citizens of our town to proudly
walk through this town without displaying double chins or having banana split dishes
strewn amongst our beautiful trees. You have been chosen to help solve this dilemma
because it is a well-known fact that you have just completed a comprehensive nutrition
and fitness unit at your middle school.
Your job is to help the
wonderful but “large and lazy” people of this town to stop chewing
the fat and quit sitting on their duffs. The goal for you and your team of “nutritional fat
cutters” is to form a restaurant/fitness center that will help guide these wonderful fellow
citizens to help them lose weight and become physically fit. So here is what is being proposed
to your team:
-reflect on what you have learned in your past nutrition and fitness unit.
-research the internet for more advanced and current research in these areas.
-create a restaurant/fitness
center for your town that will be able to accommodate (physically)
each individual’s needs to become thinner and more fit.
-create menus and fitness plans that will aid these people to live a more healthy lifestyle.
-be creative when convincing the citizens of your town to visit and participate at your center.
-explain the factors that
attributed to their weight gain and lack of activity.
1. Each of you need to set up a journal and how it will be organized.
–recording of information from research
–daily log of information formulated
–questions that were formulated
–rough drafts, etc.
2. Conduct the research
-components of the food pyramid
-why do people overeat
-how much do people really know about healthy eating
-what constitutes an acceptable amount of fat and salt
-what do food labels really mean?
-what is an acceptable weight?
-how does one plan a physical fitness regime.
-what exercises are good for certain parts of the body
-come up with a creative name for your restaurant and fitness center.
-how can one have a diet plan and make it creative, fun, and satisfying?
3. Collect ads that portray fitness and healthy eating habits.
-Menu and menu cover
-Fitness brochure log
Write an ad campaign that will be either featured in the local
newspaper, on the radio,
or on television urging all to participate.
· Class sets of books
· Dr. Healthstein’s Body Fun – cd software
· Pyramid Challenge cd
· Internet sites:
Calories Burned during Exercise and Activities
Learn2 Take a Pulse
Take a Health Quiz
Ideas Heart Health Quiz
Analysis Web Page
Pyramid Guide The Easy Way to
Planner Select Meals
Eating Right with Cyberdiet.com
Food Facts - Interactive Food
The Food Guide Pyramid - For You
Health Eating Cookbook
Height and Weight Tables
The Fitness Files
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
While executing this project, think of the following questions:
· Is your journal complete and lists all that you propose to do?
· Did you find accurate information to back up your plans?
· Did you include creativity and persuasive tactics to get your point across?
· Does your proposal flow from the restaurant to the fitness center or visa versa?
Did you feel this project was effective that could bring positive
How did you determine which information was useful and correct?
If you were to do this project again, what would you add, change, or
have you learned about nutrition and fitness from this project?
How has this affected your opinions about how you eat and stay physically fit?
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