You Are What You Eat: Seriously, You Are!

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Nutrition is a science that combines biology and chemistry. How do different foods affect how you feel and function? What’s the story behind all these food groups, labels, and serving sizes? Work your way through the process of digestion and identify the nutrients various foods contain. Create healthy meals based on the new “ChooseMyPlate” guidelines and dig into the mystery of calorie content. Programs with older students investigate the information on nutrition labels, and some of the diet-related health issues humans may face.

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Multipoint: $250.00
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Point to Point: $200.00
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By Request: $200.00
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60 minutes, grades 1 - 6

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons Any interested party

Minimum participants:

No minimum required.

Maximum participants:

We suggest 30 or less for maximum participation.

Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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About This Provider

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Education Division

Program Details


1. Students are asked to describe a recent meal in terms of nutritional content.
2. The process of digestion is described, with a full human torso model to show organs.
3. Food categories are identified, with their main nutrient values.
4. Actual human organ specimens are shown to illustrate how proper nutrition affects the body.
5. Questions are taken throughout the program.


Students will:
•Compare and contrast older food pyramids with the “ChooseMyPlate” version
•Explain the link between diet and exercise to maintain a healthy body
•Describe organs and systems of the body that benefit from each of the “ChooseMyPlate” categories
•List ways that healthy food choices can help maintain or improve their personal health
•Identify the information provided on a Nutrition Label and list specific health concerns that this information addresses

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Standard 1-Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

Grades PreK-2
-Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
Grades 3-5
-Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
Grades 6-8
-Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
Standard 3-Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
Grades 3-5
-Locate resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
Grades 6-8
-Access valid health information from home, school, and community.
Standard 5-Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Grades PreK-2
-Identify situations when a health-related decision is needed.
Grades 3-5
-Identify health-related situations that might require a thoughtful decision.
5.5.3-List healthy options to health-related issues or problems.
5.5.5-Choose a healthy option when making a decision.
5.5.6-Describe the outcomes of a health-related decision.
Grades 6-8
-Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy alternatives to health-related issues or problems.
5.8.6-Choose healthy alternatives over unhealthy alternatives when making a decision.
Standard 6-Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Grades PreK-2
-Identify a short-term personal health goal and take action toward achieving the goal.
Grades 3-5
<6.5.2-Identify resources to assist in achieving a personal health goal.
Grades 6-8
6.8.1-Assess personal health practices.
Standard 7-Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Grades PreK-2
-Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
Grades 3-5
-Identify responsible personal health behaviors.