A WebQuest

How is food related to your personal health and your future?

First, you must assess your current profile.

Second, you must propose how this will affect your future.

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Develop your FOOD & NUTRITION PROFILE using tools available on the Web.
Use this data sheet to record your results.

Take this PRETEST to see what you already know about diet and exercise.
Record your score on your data sheet and read the correct answers provided on the website.

The goal of Part 1 is to determine the daily requirements for the following:

A. the amount of exercise and calories you need to maintain your current weight
B. the amount of exercise and calories you need to reach your ideal weight
C. your daily requirements of protein, carbohydrates, and fat

As you do this, be sure you can define the terms that appear in bold.
This site has short, easy definitions - http://nat.crgq.com/nutrients.html

What is your BMI and ideal body weight?

BMI calculator for men and women - http://www.weightlossdietzone.com/bmicalc.html

BMI and ideal body weight - http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm

BMI for children - http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/bmi-for-age.htm

How many calories should you consume in one day?

Use the following website to determine how many calories you should consume by first, entering your actual weight and second, entering your ideal weight. - http://www.csgnetwork.com/caloriesfemalecalc.html

How many calories do you burn from exercise? - http://www.weightlossdietzone.com/exercisecalc.html

What are your daily nutrition requirements of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and saturated fat?

The Mayo Clinic Website provides this information.

This Light and Tasty cooking magazine provides a general nutrition chart.

For a detailed analysis based on your weight, age, sex, and activity level - go to The DietSite and sign up for the free trial. Click on Diet Analysis in the left column of the web page - http://www.dietsite.com/dt/index.asp

NEXT, assess the food that you consume in an average day.

  1. For one average day - keep a log of EVERYTHING you eat and drink, including serving size
    - use this daily log.

  2. Calculate the total calories for the day.

  3. If possible, calculate the total amount of carbohydrates, fat, and saturated fat you consumed in one day.

Many resources are available for this.

  • My favorite is DietPower; you can download this program (or order a CD) FREE for 15 days.

  • This website allows you to sign up for a FREE basic membership and you can enter what you eat in a day for a complete nutritional analysis. - http://www.nutrawatch.com/

  • Read the label on the food package.

  • If you are eating at a restaurant, ask for this information. Many restaurants have nutritional analysis brochures.

  • You may have calorie counting books at home. The Complete Food Counter is only $6.99 at Joseph-Beth Bookstore or $12.50 at Amazon.com.

  • Many other websites are available - feel free to search.





After competing your FOOD & NUTRITION PROFILE, you should know if you have a high BMI, low BMI or an average BMI. You should also know if your average daily diet is meeting the proper nutrition requirements.

Your final task is to outline how your health could affect your future.

Read the following information that applies to you:

High BMI:

Low BMI:

Normal BMI:

Writing Assignment:

Pretend you are a historian (living in the year 2500) interested in the food and culture of the early 21st century. You have discovered the Food and Nutrition Profile of a person living in the year 2004, along with two books, Fast Food Nation and Fat Land. These are the ONLY records of food and nutrition known to have survived from the early 21st century.

Based on the Food and Nutrition profile, and information in these two books, you must develop a "case study" of an "average" person living in 2004 for a book that is to be published called Daily Life in America in the Early 21st Century.

(Hint - Food and Nutrition Profile that this future historian discovers in YOUR profile that you just developed in Part 1 of this WebQuest.)

• Be sure to think like a historian. Don't just describe this 21st century person's diet.
Analyze how this 21st century person represented or did not represent the wider trends described in Fast Food Nation and Fat Land. Be sure to refer to your reading notes.

• "Speculate" why this 21st century person is or is not representative of the wider culture.

• Since you don't know what happened to this 21st century person after the Food and Nutrition profile was developed, speculate on their future health as related to diet.

Writing Assignment Details:

• 3-4 typed pages; double or single spaced; 12 point font.

• If you have questions, or would like me to look at your paper before class begins to make sure you are on the right track, please e-mail - cynthia.resor@eku.edu


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