This is a lesson plan that includes a power point, reflection activity and plenary at the bottom on an important topic, the role of food in mental health. It has worked very effectively for me with ages from 12 -18. It is a sensitive topic but a very important one. Please feel free to use it in an attempt to make Mental Health a priority in your school.It is also relevant to the new Food Preparation and Nutrition curriculum which ask teachers to discuss the psychological effects of food.
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Here is the link to resources http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/pdf/159555/mhf-food-and-mood-diary.pdf
Lesson Plan Food Technology
|Subject||The impact of food on mental health|
· To understand the term mental health
· To distinguish between foods/eating habits which may have a positive or negative impact on mental health
· To reflect on your own personal eating habits and the impact of these habits on your own mental health
( 2 mins)
· Teacher to read through and explain main definitions associated with mental health. Pupils
Will be questioned at interval to check understanding. (5 mins)
· Introduction to group activity. Pupils asked to complete group activity in (10 mins).
· Seating plan (Pupils grouped according to recent grades and personalities – mixed ability to
support group learning and development )
· Discussion and feedback on group activity (6 mins).
· Teacher to explain foods associated with positive and negative effects on mental healthto to ensure that pupils are clear ( 6 mins)
Pupils to complete food and mood diary reflection activity (9 mins). This may need to be
completed for homework.
· Lower and higher order questions to groups and individuals will reinforce learning throughout
the lesson. Some higher order questions will be targeted at more able or G & T pupils.
Examples of questions to ask include:
Low Order – When you feel sad what kind of foods do you like to eat? What kind of foods do you like to eat when you feel happy?
Middle Order– Why do you think people sometimes choose foods based on how they are feeling? Do you think people eat more unhealthy food when they are sad or happy? Why?
Higher Order – What are the pros and cons of making food choices based on your mood?
What is the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger?
Why do you think people sometimes crave high sugar foods when they are under stress?
Outside the Box question –
How does having a positive relationship with food affect a teenager?
Why do some people view teenagers as moody and stroppy?
How does eating regularly benefit teenagers?
Assessment for Learning
Differentiation/ extension incl. difficulties
|Self – Evaluation
Food diary reflection activity
Please reflect on your food diary by writing a paragraph below highlighting what you have learnt in today’s lesson about the relationship between food and mental health and how it affects your life.
Did you skip any meals? Do you skip meals to avoid gaining weight?
What could you do in the future to ensure that you eat food regularly?
Are you drinking too much caffeine or energy drinks?
Are you staying hydrated?
Do you eat a broad range of protein rich foods?
Do you eat foods that are high and sugar in moderation?
Do you consume foods which are high in omega 3 such as oily fish, nuts and seeds?
Do you consume five portions of fruit and vegetables a day?
What do you understand by the term mental health?
Name two foods which can have a positive effect on mental health?
Name two foods which can have a negative effect on mental health?
Describe two changes you could make to your own diet to help improve your mental health?