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Old 06-28-2014, 05:44 AM   #1
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I have been asked to do a 1 hour talk about nutrition at a summer program for troubled teens. The age range for the group is 12-16 yrs.

I plan on talking about how to nourish the developing brain, good fat sources, lowering sugar intake, and how sugar and drugs both stimulate pleasure centers in the brain (addiction).

I plan on showing them how to make MIM's to teach some cooking, measuring skills, and how real ingredients, combined, can make good food treats.


My question is...Is this too much for that age group?

What you say?
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:56 AM   #2
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That is a wonderful opportunity! I say, keep it simple and focus on the dangers of sugar and the addiction part. I say be very tangible. Bring in some bags of junk food and teach them how to read labels.

Maybe have them make up a meal with no more than xx amount of sugar. Provide information on how much sugar is in each food item and let them design their own meal.

Show how sugar affects each organ in their body.

A MIM is a great idea. But you must have samples already made up.
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:29 AM   #3
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I love teaching troubled teens and tutored them for almost 5 years. I found all of them to be thankful and appreciative, much to my surprise. It seemed as if they had "fallen through the cracks" and never received much attention or help before. I think that's when many of them just give up.
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:28 AM   #4
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I recently taught some of my students in the 4th/5th grade age range pretty much the same concepts. They seemed to pick up on it - I don't think you will have any trouble with 12-16 year olds.

Lots of kids like to play the "This or That?" type of game - given two options which is the better choice and why. Give them a chance to explain their own reasonings.
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The Jr. High teaches the food pyrimid......set the poor kids straight please
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When I was in 10th grade my biology teacher gave each of us a saltine and had us hold it in our mouths while she talked about how starch is just a long chain of sugar molecules. She enough, but the time she was done the cracker mush had turned sweet.

Do that and tech them how much sugar their body gets out of an order of fries, two pieces of bread in a sandwich, etc. everyone knows sugar is bad for them (even if they don't act on it) but getting off "healthy" whole carbs is a tougher lesson.

If you want to teach any kind of cooking, be sure you use readily available ingredients. You might also show better options at fast food and other restaurants- iced tea instead of soda, salad instead of fries, that kind of thing.
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All good ideas. Thanks!

My plan was to show them a tray with an egg, a stick of real butter, almonds, raisins, carrots, an apple, cinn, honey, and walnuts.

I want to let each one to make a MIM with their choice of add-ins. They can make a carrot cake, apple cake, cinn roll, or a comb of all three. They will be able to crack the egg and use measuring spoons to add almond flour, honey, and baking powder and then use the microwave to make a cake. I will let them put whipped cream instead of frosting on their cakes. The whipped cream will show a heathy fat vs sugar frosting.

I would like to use a sugar sub, but I'm not sure that would be a good idea, so I think I will go with honey. At least it is a natural sugar. Its not that you can't have some sugar, it is more about the amount.

I might also show them the cheese crackers in the microwave using american cheese slices.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:44 AM   #8
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Go Drjlo!!! I think you will do a wonderful job and teach them a valuable thing about something that can have a life long impact!!! Let us know how it goes?
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How about two trays....
*One with egg, bacon, meat-beef chicken, vegetables-lowcarb non starchy, butter, olive oil
*Second with cereal, white bread, macaroni, cup-o-soup, a low-fat frozen dinner showing 23g sugar.
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