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Title:Calcium, It's Not Just Milk!
Pub. date: 2014 (original publication 2001)
Edition: 9th
Includes: Lesson Plans, handouts, CD ROM
Audience: Children, Middle School Students, High School Students
Language: English
Description:This is a nutrition curriculum for 8th grade health students (can be utilized with 7th-9th grade students) to increase their awareness of the importance of calcium in the prevention of osteoporosis. This five-lesson curriculum enourages students to incorporate calcium-rich food in their diet and participate in weight-bearing activites. The lessons are 50 minutes and the curriculum includes a PowerPoint presentation, notecards for each lesson, and a student workbook that can be reproduced. Each lesson clearlyoutines the current day objectives and concludes with a summary for the day. The lessons are as follows:
  • Lesson One - It's All About them Bones
  • Lesson Two - Get Over the Hump
  • Lesson Three – Know The Facts
  • Lesson Four – Nutrition on a Mission
  • Lesson Five – Don’t Leave Your Health in Jeopardy

The curriculum is taught using a PowerPoint presentation and begins with the key recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 as they pertain to calcium. All of the student handouts are found in their workbook which includes a page for notes each day. Fun student worksheets for Lessons one and two can be used in class or for homework. Lesson three and four worksheets are completed in class and checked for comprehension. Lesson five utilizes advertising videos and a 25 question game that is played on teams and summarizes all of the information learned that week. Important vocabulary words are underlined throughout the lessons and definitions are listed in the appendix. Supplemental information is included for instructors on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the importance of calcium for teens and facts about osteoporosis. The curriculum is designed to meet the knowledge and skills mandated in the Nevada State Standards for Health.

Funding Source: USDA, FNS, SNAP-Ed
Developer: Nevada Nutrition Network
Phone: 702-257-5507
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This 5-lesson curriculum is designed to increase the amount of low-fat calcium-rich foods eaten by 11 to 14 year old children. Best conducted in a school setting, it also provides information and activities that can be adapted to other settings.

Experiments teach adolescents about the relationship between calcium and bone strength using readily available materials. Food labels are used to find calcium and determine how the foods fit their daily calcium needs. The practical idea of adding a zero to the %DV calcium on the Nutrition Facts Label to estimate the milligrams calcium in the food is a good way to help the student add-up and try to reach their 1300 mg/day for adolescents.

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Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: TX553.C23 C34 1999
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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
    Contact: Mary Wilson/Robin Collins
    Mail: 8050 South Paradise Road, Ste. 100
Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
    Phone: (702) 257-5507 or (702) 257-5543
    Cost: 10.00 per Curriculum
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:Call or e-mail for more information.

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