Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? This month focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. At Cherry Health, our Registered Dietitians celebrated by putting together an educational poster and activity for high schoolers at Union High School Health Center, Innovation Central High School Health Center, and Ottawa Hills High School Health Center.
This year’s topic was on fat, which is one of the three macronutrients the body needs for energy. Fat is the most energy dense nutrient with each gram of fat providing nine calories. The educational poster provided hands on learning while sharing information about the different types of fat and what foods contain them. The students were given the task of matching a bag of fat with its corresponding food item. The fat was measured out in teaspoons of Crisco, and the foods were selected based on what the high schoolers typically eat.
The foods included in the activity were:
- Hot Cheetos
- Steak n’ Shake milkshake
- Snickers bar
- McChicken sandwich
- McDonalds fries
- Taco Bell’s Cheesy Gordita Crunch
The amount of fat was calculated by counting the number of teaspoons you typically consume, looking at the nutritional label on the food, and then looking at grams of total fat and dividing this by four (there are about four grams of fat per teaspoon).
Dietetic Intern at Cherry Street Health Center