U R What U Eat: Go, Slow, Whoa!

Click on the image above to access the full “U R What U Eat” handout.

Discuss the columns of foods with green “Go” for the healthiest foods you should eat most of, a yellow “Slow” for foods that we shouldn’t eat too much of, and a red “Whoa” for the foods we should eat less often and try to avoid.  Do so by asking participants what foods are in each box and why that particular food item is in that box instead of a different box.

For example, we talk about how the types of milk bottles went from skim in the green, 2% in the yellow, and whole milk in the red. This correlates to the amount of calories and fat in each type of milk.

Discuss the “Combining Food Groups” on the second page of the handout and talk about how certain foods like pizza are more than one food group. Also discuss how to take something like that pizza and make it healthy by having whole grain dough or individual pizzas made on an English muffin for a single serving, or how toppings can be healthier by adding a light amount of low-fat cheese and vegetable toppings like onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or even spinach.

To add activity to this worksheet, played a version of red light green light with the information on the U R What U Eat handout.

All the participants line up along a wall. Explain that each food item mentioned will be associated with a movement based on where it fell on the go, slow, and whoa chart.

Move 1 step forward for yellow “Slow” foods

Move 2 steps forward for green “Go” foods

Move 1 step back for the red “Whoa” foods

For the first round, tell a story about what was for dinner last night and then play a second round where the participants get to name food items. Make it fun by asking them how the food was prepared to see how many steps to take and in what direction.   For example, if a participant says “Fish” ask, Was it grilled or fried? Or what did you eat with it? And then take steps accordingly.

First Round of Last night’s Dinner example: Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner with whole wheat pasta (step 2 forward) and homemade marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes (step 2 forward) but then we added sausage meatballs (1 step forward because sausage isn’t a lean protein like poultry or fish) and then we added a side of cheesy garlic butter toast on white bread (1 step back each for each the cheese, butter, and white bread), but then surprise them by saying it was low-fat cheese (2 steps forward).