PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Healthy?

Category: Nutrition

Suggested Grade Level: All

Materials: Display case, real items to show


This bulletin board was created to bring awareness to people who might eat or drink the items, believing they're making healthy choices or it's a healthier alternative to what they usually eat or drink, but advising them to read the labels and they may realize it's not as healthy as they might think it is. We have six items on display.

The first item is the Odwalla drink. It's a version of an orange juice. It's brought to their attention that one 12 oz. drink contains 44 grams of sugar which equals 11 teaspoons of sugar.

The next item is the Yoplait yogurt picture. One Yoplait contains 26 grams of sugar.

Next is Diet Pepsi. People tend to believe Diet Pepsi is healthier to regular Pepsi because it doesn't have any sugar in it. We point out that Diet Pepsi contains Aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener. It then goes on to explain that artificial sweeteners can cause headaches, depression, increased hunger and certain types of cancer.

The next item is the box of Lucky Charms. It says in big bold letters on the box that the cereal is whole grain, which can cause the buyer to believe it's a healthier choice but we point out what the cereal still contains. The unhealthy items in a box of whole grain Lucky Charms includes marshmallows, salt, sugar, corn syrup and trisodium phosphate (TSP). Each item goes into detail about why it's unhealthy on the pink sheet in front of the box.

The next item is a Cliff Bar, which is advertised as "Nutrition for Sustained Energy". However, we pointed out that this item contains 23 grams of sugar, which is more than a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

The item that has been the biggest surprise to people is the Vitamin Water bottle. It's immediately point out in big letters on the pink sheet in front that Vitamin Water contains more calories and sugar than a can of Coke. The drawing of the drink in the background has facts and information on the labels on this drink. It also talks about how regular water is a better choice and Vitamin Water is just as bad as soda.

This display has been a real eye catcher to the parents and staff. It's out in the hallway where parents wait to pick up their kids at the end of the day so a lot of parents have enjoyed reading it.

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Submitted by Dan Fallon who teaches at Conway Elementary School in Conway, NH. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/11/2012 1:30:55 AM. Viewed 6638 times since 10/6/2012.

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