We live in a confusing time for young people trying to choose healthy diets and lead healthy lifestyles. Weight loss, dieting and food companies have confused the subject of nutrition with their ads and conflicting health claims. By providing students with the opportunity to study nutrition through STEM disciplines, teachers support students in improving their health literacy skills and developing lifelong, healthy behaviors.
High school STEM lessons on nutrition support teenagers in making connections between nutrition and health, and scientific and mathematical concepts. In science classrooms, lab experiments on nutrition bring the science how the body uses food to life. In math classrooms, lessons on nutrition promote ratio concepts—including decimals, fractions, probabilities and proportions—protect students from making poor health decisions later in life.
Our two-part blog series on integrating nutrition into STEM classrooms provides lesson ideas, worksheets, reading and other supporting materials for science and math educators teaching at the high school level.