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					               Stepping Up to a Healthy Lifestyle
                                    Calcium for Fitness



   OBJECTIVES
After this session, youth (8-11) will recognize the importance of foods high in calcium
for building strong bones. They will taste several high calcium foods and try to eat 3 or
more calcium rich foods each day.



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    PREPARATION
    Copy the “Calcium for Fitness” Tips & Tasks sheet and Parent Connection handout
    for each participant.
   Activity 1: Bring 3 types of yogurt (plain, blended, and some with fruit at the bottom
    of the container) and fruit (canned, fresh, or frozen) cut into small pieces.
   Activity 2: Bring a few different kinds of cheese (cheddar, colby, mozzarella,
    monterey jack, etc.) cut into small pieces.
   Bring paper cups, paper plates, napkins, and plastic spoons as needed.
   Activity 3: Bring 2 empty, washed out gallon milk jugs and two beach towels or
    blankets.




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
      START UP
    Icebreaker: Go around the room and have each person tell the group their name
    and one calcium rich food they’ve had today (or will have today). Activity 3 could
    also be used as an icebreaker.
   If lessons are taught in a series, discuss last week’s Tips & Tasks sheets.




       WNEP education is supported by the USDA Food Stamp Program, UW-Extension, FoodShare Wisconsin, and local partners. In
       Wisconsin, FoodShare can help provide a healthy diet. To find out more about FoodShare, call your local FoodShare office.
       8/10/2005
Calcium for Fitness– kids                                                                                      page 2




              WHAT TO SAY

       Calcium rich foods include those made from milk, like yogurt and cheese, as well as
       some other foods that have calcium. Calcium is a mineral that helps build strong
       bones and teeth. Eating enough calcium and being active are the two best ways to
       keep our bones strong!

       Milk and other dairy products are the easiest ways to get calcium, but there’s more
       ways to get calcium rich foods than drinking a glass of milk!

               Use yogurt dip for fruit and vegetables
               Eat soups that are made with milk, like cream of broccoli
               Add sliced cheese to sandwiches
               Drink yogurt or soymilk smoothies
               Try calcium-fortified orange juice or soy milk


       Try to get 3 calcium rich foods each day. During the next week, draw a calcium rich
       food you eat each day in the chart on the Tips & Tasks sheet. There is a list on the
       sheet with some suggestions.


          WHAT TO DO (choose one or more)
   ACTIVITY 1: Yogurt tasting
     1. Have everyone wash their hands. Have the kids set up a yogurt tasting panel:
          Plain yogurt mixed with fresh, canned, or frozen fruit.
          Fruit yogurt (stir to mix fruit with yogurt)
          Blended yogurt

       2. Taste the different kinds of yogurt. Which one do the kids like best? When do they
          eat yogurt now? When could they eat more yogurt (for breakfast, as a snack, as a
          fruit dip, in smoothies, etc.) to help meet the goal of 3 cups of milk or equivalents
          each day? If you ate a cup of yogurt, how many other high-calcium foods would
          you need that day? What other high-calcium foods would YOU choose?

   ACTIVITY 2: Cheese tasting
     1. Have everyone wash their hands. Have the kids put the small pieces of cheese
        onto paper plates. Write the name of each cheese on a card and place it in front of
        the appropriate plate.
     2. Taste the different kinds of cheese. Which one did the kids like best? When do
        they eat cheese now? When could they include more cheese (as a snack, on
        sandwiches, etc.) to help meet the goal of 3 cups of milk or equivalents each day?
        If you ate a piece of string cheese for a snack, how many other high-calcium foods
        would you need to eat that day? What other high-calcium foods would YOU
                WNEP education is supported by the USDA Food Stamp Program, UW-Extension, FoodShare Wisconsin, and local partners. In
                Wisconsin, FoodShare can help provide a healthy diet. To find out more about FoodShare, call your local FoodShare office.
                8/10/2005
Calcium for Fitness– kids                                                                                     page 3

           choose?

   ACTIVITY 3: Milk Jug Volleyball
     Divide the group into two teams. Have each team spread out around each blanket
     and have kids grab the edges to hold the blanket taut. Practice bouncing the milk jug
     on the blanket.
     To start the game, have the teams stand about 5 feet apart. Have them bounce the
     milk jug back and forth from blanket to blanket. Each time the milk jug is passed
     successfully, have the teams take one additional step apart. See how far apart they
     can get. This is a cooperative game; it won’t work until the kids figure out how they
     can work together to toss the milk jug to the other blanket.




PARENT CONNECTION
       Distribute Parent Connection handout. Encourage kids to make the Fruit Parfait
       together with their parents.


This lesson was adapted from Eating Better & Moving More: A Guidebook for Older Americans Act Nutrition
Programs, developed by Nancy Wellman, Barbara Friedberg, Dian Weddle, Leon Cuervo, Neva Kirk-Sanchez,
and Barbara Smith of the National Policy & Resource Center on Nutrition & Aging, Florida International
University, 2003.




               WNEP education is supported by the USDA Food Stamp Program, UW-Extension, FoodShare Wisconsin, and local partners. In
               Wisconsin, FoodShare can help provide a healthy diet. To find out more about FoodShare, call your local FoodShare office.
               8/10/2005
         Stepping Up to a Healthy Lifestyle                                                           Session Date:
         Teaching Activity Tally Sheet

         Topic: Calcium for Fitness                                                       Audience:              Youth, age 8-11


         Educational Strategy/Type of educational programming offered (select one):
                One-time group                                         Multi-session group
                One-on-one (individual learner)                        Other
                Learn-while-you-wait

         Educational project (select one)
              A.     In School                           F.   WIC                            K.   Food pantries
              B.     After school/summer school          G.   Gardens                        L.   Other adult groups
              C.     Preschoolers                        H.   Health clinics                 M.   Home visits
              D.     Parents                             I.   Disabled                       N.   Other
              E.     Job centers                         J.   Senior dining

         Location/Agency Site:__________________________________________________



 Total          By Gender             By Ethnicity                                  By Race                               Disabled
Learners                                                 American
                                                          Indian/    Asian/     Black/    Hawaiian/
                                  Hispanic/     Not       Native     Asian      African     Pacific
              Male       Female    Latino     Hispanic   American   American   American    Islander      White    Other




   Teaching Evaluation : There is no evaluation for this lesson. Please track learner demographics only.
                                                  Stepping Up to a Healthy Lifestyle
                                                                     Calcium for Fitness

Tips & Tasks
                                                                                                            Have you tried:
The easiest way to get calcium is
from milk group foods: milk, yogurt,                                                                                         Yogurt
cheese, and foods made with them.                                                                                            Calcium-fortified orange
                                                                                                                                 juice
                                                                                                                                Milk
Try to get the same calcium as 3 or                                                                                             Swiss cheese
more cups of milk each day.                                                                                                     Spinach or Collard greens
                                                                                                                                Sardines
                                                                                                                                Ricotta cheese
                                                                                                                                Soy milk


                                               Draw a high-calcium food that you ate each day.


 Sunday            Monday                   Tuesday                 Wednesday                     Thursday                      Friday                 Saturday




          WNEP education is supported by the USDA Food Stamp Program, UW-Extension, FoodShare Wisconsin, and local partners. In Wisconsin, FoodShare can help provide a healthy
          diet. To find out more about FoodShare, call your local FoodShare office. 8/10/2005
                                                      Stepping Up to a Healthy Lifestyle
                                                                         Calcium for Fitness

Parent Connection
                                                                                            Try to get the amount of calcium in 3 or more
It’s important for kids – and adults – to get enough                                                        cups of low-fat milk each day.
calcium each day. Calcium and physical activity
work together to build strong bones.                                                                                                   Keep low fat milk, cheese
                                                                                                                                        and yogurt available for
Calcium is especially important for kids and teens                                                                                      snacks and meals.
whose bones are growing fast. Getting enough                                                                                           Encourage kids and teens,
calcium as kids can prevent osteoporosis later in                                                                                       especially girls, to drink milk.
life.                                                                                                                                   Teens often drink less milk
                                                                                                                                        than younger kids, at the
The easiest way to get calcium is from milk group                                                                                       time when they are growing
foods: milk, yogurt, cheese, and foods made with                                                                                        fast and need it most.
them.
                                                                                                          Encourage your kids to drink low fat milk instead
If drinking milk upsets your stomach, try yogurt or cheese.                                                of soda or other sugary drinks.
Also try calcium-fortified orange juice or soy milk.                                                      Set a good example – let your kids see you
Consuming lactase before milk products may help.                                                           drinking milk. Most adults don’t get enough
                                                                                                           calcium.


           Fruit Parfait
    ½ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt                                                             Wash and cut up fresh fruit, or drain canned fruit well. Put 1
    ½ cup fresh fruit cut in pieces, or unsweetened canned                                  crushed graham cracker in the bottom of a glass. Add half
    fruit (apples, bananas, pineapple or strawberries work                                  the fruit and half the yogurt, then add another layer of graham
    well.)                                                                                  crackers, fruit and yogurt. Top with a fresh strawberry, if
                                                                                            desired.
    2 crushed graham crackers
                                                                                            Nutrition Information (per serving): 233 Calories, 3 g Fat, 45 g
                                                                                            Carbohydrate, 8 g Protein.



              WNEP education is supported by the USDA Food Stamp Program, UW-Extension, FoodShare Wisconsin, and local partners. In Wisconsin, FoodShare can help provide a healthy
              diet. To find out more about FoodShare, call your local FoodShare office. 8/10/2005

				
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