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Project SHARE Curriculum: Planning a Nutritious Meal

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Planning a Nutritious Meal

In the Planning a Nutritious Meal lesson, students will learn how to plan a day’s worth of healthy, balanced meals and snacks. They will describe a meal plan for one day, and then develop a detailed plan for one meal of their choice.


  • Identify necessary nutrients, as well as foods that provide those key nutrients.
  • Evaluate foods and recipes for their nutritional content, and be able to explain how much of different nutrients they should have throughout the day.
  • Recognize the health benefits of a well-balanced diet.
  • Demonstrate how to plan a healthy meal.


  • Instructor computer and projector
  • Handouts
  • Optional: several computers, cookbooks, or food magazines

National Health Education Standards that Align with the Planning a Nutritious Meal Lesson

  • 1.12.1 Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • 1.12.7 Compare and contrast the benefits of and barriers to practicing a variety of healthy behaviors.
  • 3.12.3 Determine the accessibility of products and services that enhance health.
  • 5.12.2 Determine the value of applying a thoughtful decision-making process in health-related situations.
  • 7.12.2 Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.

National Strategies that Align with the SHARE Curriculum

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

AH-2      Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities.

AH-3.2   Increase the proportion of parents who attend events and activities in which their adolescents participate.

National Partnership for Action

Goal 1         Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Strategy 2:  Develop and support partnerships among public, nonprofit, and private entities to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to increase awareness, drive action, and ensure accountability in efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity across the lifespan.

Goal 2:        Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.

Strategy 7:  Invest in young people to prepare them to be future leaders and practitioners by actively engaging and including them in the planning and execution of health, wellness and safety initiatives.