Eating well for good health

Eating well for good health

Lessons on nutrition and healthy diets

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


Eating well for good health is a learning module designed to explore basic concepts of good nutrition, health and healthy diets. The lessons are meant for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their diets and eating habits. They can be used both inside and outside the classroom by students, teachers, youth or community groups and by individuals who want to learn on their own.

The module is divided into 4 main topics: 1. What it means to be healthy and well nourished; 2. What we get from food; 3. How to eat well for good health; and 4. Healthful habits and lifestyles. The complete module comprises a total of eleven lessons, each of which contains a lesson overview, a set of learning objectives, some questions to think about while reading, reading content, a variety of group and individual activities and key points to remember.

The activities and their accompanying materials, which include fact sheets, work sheets, exercises, quizzes and community investigations, help learners test and reinforce their understanding of the basic concepts of each lesson and apply their acquired knowledge to their daily lives.

Table of Contents

Table of contents
List of materials


Module structure and content overview
How to use the lessons


Topic 1.What it means to be healthy and well-nourished
Lesson 1:Exploring the meaning of good health and well-being


Lesson 2: Analysing the conditions that affect nutritional status
Part 1. Fundamental conditions for good nutritional status
Part 2. Malnutrition: poor nutritional status


Lesson 3: Understanding problems of poor nutrition
Part 1. Problems of underlnutrition
Part 2. Problems from a lack of vitamins and minerals
Part 3. Problems of “overnutrition”


Topic 2. What we get from food
Lesson 4: Learning about carbohydrates, protein and fats
Part 1. Carbohydrates: their functions and good food sources
Part 2. Protein: its functions and good food sources
Part 3. Fats: their functions and good food sources


Lesson 5: Learning about vitamins and minerals
Part 1. Vitamins: their functions and good food sources
Part 2. Minerals: their functions and good food sources


Topic 3. How to eat well for good health
Lesson 6: Meeting nutritional needs throughout life
Part 1. Nutritional needs in pregnancy and breastfeeding
Part 2. Nutritional needs of babies and infants (0–24 months)
Part 3. Nutritional needs of children 2–10 years
Part 4. Nutritional needs of adolescents (11–17 years old)
Part 5. Nutritional needs during illness
Part 6. Nutritional needs of older people


Fact sheet: Nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding (mother)
Fact sheet: Breastfeeding babies (0-6 months)
Fact sheet: Nutrition of children 6 months – 2 years
Fact sheet: Nutrition of school-age children
Fact sheet: Good nutrition and HIV/AIDS


Lesson 7: Making good food choices and healthy meals
Part 1. Eating habits and healthy diets
Part 2. Shopping for good foods


Fact sheet: Food-based dietary guidelines
Fact sheet: Understanding and using food labels


Lesson 8: Keeping foods safe and nutritious
Part 1. Food quality and safety in the shops, markets and streets
Part 2. Protecting the quality and safety of food at home

Fact sheet: Basic conditions for selling food
Fact sheet: Choosing good quality foods
Fact sheet: Prepare and cook food properly
Fact sheet: Store food properly


Topic 4.Healthful habits and lifestyles
Lesson 9: Achieving healthy body size and weight
Part 1. Achieving and maintaining a healthy body size
Fact sheet: How is BMI calculated and interpreted?


Work sheet: Evaluating children’s growth and weight
Work sheet: Fill in the gaps
Work sheet: Calculating energy balance


Lesson 10: Keeping fit and active
Part 1. Being fit and active


Lesson 11: Keeping ourselves, our water and our surroundings clean
Part 1. Personal hygiene: keeping our bodies clean
Part 2. Clean and safe water
Part 3. Clean living conditions


Fact sheet: Keeping yourself clean and free from germs
Fact sheet: Basic facts about water
Fact sheet: Easy ways to make water safe to drink
Fact sheet: Health problems from unsafe water
Fact sheet: Basic practices for a clean and safe home
Fact sheet: Basic practices for a clean and safe community


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