Learningis perhaps best achieved when the methods and tools being used are engaging and appealing to the targeted audience. For high school students trendy topics, such as nutrition, may spark feelings of interest, a sense of perplexity or intimidation due to the endless supply of internet accessible materials out there.
However, in environments such as the classroom, teachers and other qualified facilitators play the important role of disseminating this abundance of information, and must provide the facts to students through various teaching techniques.
Providing interactive learning experiences to teens, through use of media clips, games, computer software and cell phone technology, (e.g. the new weight watcher’s app) can be both stimulating and valuable. For students at Proviso East High School, Lunch Bunch, an alternative lunch open to all students, provides free nutritious lunches and health education sessions Tuesday through Thursday.
On October 12, 2011, Lunch Bunch pariticipants will continue to be provided with interactive health and nutrition education sessions as they compete in teams to win nutrition jeopardy. For more information about Lunch Bunch visit the Provios East School Based Health Center. And as always, continue to keep checking the website for new nutrition tips and tools!
By Lucy Hoard, Loyola University Dietetic Intern