Almost 75% of adults in Southeast Washington, DC are clinically overweight or obese, and nutritional and physical activity behaviors often begin during adolescence. In the US, nearly 1 in 5 children are considered obese. Poor nutrition and inadequate physical activity are significant risk factors for obesity and other chronic diseases. They also impact students’ academic outcomes, and they have also been linked to students’ mental health.
TGP’s Nutrition and Physical Activity curriculum for 7th grade students covers the following topics:
Facts and myths about nutrition and physical activity
Understanding food groups & diverse diets • functions of nutrients in the body (carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins & minerals, fats)
Identifying barriers to healthy eating
Balanced meals and their impact on energy level (e.g. a healthy breakfast)
Understanding minerals (water, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium) & need for different types of vitamins and minerals in our bodies
Application: Navigating healthier choices in the context of corner stores, fast food restaurants, etc.
Application: Breaking down barriers to achieving balanced nutrition and physical activity in our community
A 2019 analysis of our nutrition and physical health program data showed that participation in TGP’s programs significantly improved students’ nutritional health literacy.
“It taught me how to stay healthy and have a balanced diet.”