AM2 The importance of maths in the care of the body/ Healthy eating menu: energy calculations08 août 2017
-To understand the necessity of maths in every day life by counting calories and reading and understanding food labels in order to maintain the correct diet.
Students were split into groups and given copies of the canteen's lunch menu throughout a week. In groups, they had to choose which meal option they thought was the healthiest and why. In order to determine this, they were given the percentage of carbohydrates, sugars, fats protein and vitamins of each food in terms of their daily requirements. Additionally, they had to calculate how many calories they thought each meal provided before finding out the actual figure, and therefore the healthiest meal.
After this, the groups had to create their own meal that they would add to the canteen's menu and calculate how "healthy" it would be, in terms of calories and nutritional information. Students presented their meal to the rest of the group in a bid to get it voted on to the school lunch menu.
-Students learnt how to understand, read and use percentages to find out the nutritional information of a certain food in terms of daily requirements. This will help them when choosing what snacks/foods to eat in the future.
- They also learnt about the daily requirements of a typical teenage girl and boy and which foods were best to ensure they got the correct amount of each food type per day.
- Some students asked about whether doing sports affected the amount of calories you need in a day, which promoted curiosity and conversation about which sports would require more of which food type and why.
- All students compared their personal eating habits to the the healthy meals that they were designing and expressed an interest in using maths in order to work out the best meals to eat at different times.