Why might your generation not live as long as your parents' generation?
This is the question that greets students as they enter into this month-long investigation of the American Obesity Epidemic. Through this unit students will explore the myriad contributing factors to the American Obesity Epidemic, investigate the impact of obesity on health and life expectancy, develop a nuanced view of the epidemic, and produce a product to educate their community about the problem.
"Shorted" was written two years ago as a product of an internship that I participated in with a local public health advocacy organization. I've since run the project twice in my own classroom. Students have consistently indicated that this unit is the unit that has most impacted their lives and three teams have been invited to present their projects to our district school board. Needless to say, this is one of those rare projects that gives your students the immediate, real-world connections that pull them into the learning process.
Topics Covered Include:
-Basics of obesity
-Impacts of obesity on the body
-Impacts of obesity on life expectancy
-Government's role in food systems
-Access to healthy food
-Links between poverty and obesity
-Strategies for maintaining a healthy weight
The product download includes:
-Two versions of the lesson plans (First draft and revised draft)
-Fully scripted plan for each day
-Unit plan with links to all articles, videos, and other resources
-Slides for each day in class with embedded videos
-12 supporting documents (including rubrics)
The preview download includes plans and slides for one day of class.