- Choose a balanced meal from the five food groups.
- Choose water rather than sugary beverages.
- Learn to decode food labels.
- Discover the “tricks” advertisers use.
Healthy Eating Active Living Program Grades 4-5
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in distance learning for many students, and with that comes more screen time and fewer opportunities for physical activity. Advertisements for processed food on the internet and TV are increasingly aimed at kids, and as students’ exposure to media increases, educating children about good nutrition and an active lifestyle is important to ensure lifelong health.
Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living program is a 4-module interactive virtual offering for grades 4 – 5 designed to educate students about the importance of good nutrition and active play. It supports the Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools in the area of nutrition and physical activity. Students are encouraged to make healthy choices and become their own health advocates.
The Play (Video Presentation)
The Amazing Food Detective: Game On tells the story of Professor Howe, the health and science teacher, who is hosting his virtual health class when three of his fifth-grade students forget to prepare their health reports. When Professor Howe tries to inspire them with his new video game, something goes terribly wrong and everyone is uploaded into the game. Braving the unknown, they have to figure out the mysteries of a healthy lifestyle to escape being trapped in the game forever.
In the follow-up workshops, the Actor-Educators from the video presentation introduce each participating classroom to the concept of media literacy. Through examining food advertisements and nutrition facts labels, students are given insight into how advertisers use bright colors, animal mascots and catchy phrases to make their products memorable and recognizable on the grocery store shelf. Students learn some advertising “tricks of the trade” that get people to think that a product is healthy, when in fact it may not be. The workshops culminate with the Actor-Educators helping students make their own video ad for a healthy food. Students are encouraged to become advocates for their own health.
Request This Program
Thank you for your interest in Educational Theatre’s Healthy Eating Active Living Program for grades 4-5. Please complete the form below, and hit the “send” button. After we receive your information, you will be contacted by an Educational Theatre Booking Coordinator. Please note that this is an information request only. It does not guarantee the scheduling of a program.
Due to the high demand for our programs and the large geographical area we serve, it is our policy to schedule no more than one program at a school per year. In most cases, we are unable to return to a school any sooner than three years. Please submit only one program information request.
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