The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities offers a number of healthy lifestyle resources to educate a wide range of audiences on nutrition. We offer free resources for educators that are easy-to-use in the classroom, including Germie the Unhealthy Car activity book. These resources are part of an OOHD initiative to help kids form healthy habits early. We also have kid-friendly games intended to teach people of all ages how to read food labels and properly portion their plates. Contact us with any questions about using our free, downloadable healthy lifestyle resources.
Resources and Games
"Germie the Unhealthy Car" - Activities for Teachers and Students
To increase awareness about the primary prevention of cancer among school-aged children, the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine collaborated with the Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM and the Health Museum to create a fun, engaging cancer prevention activity sheet. “Germie the Unhealthy Car” is targeted to elementary-school children and is accompanied by easy-to-use lesson plans for teachers. Download a free printable copy of the "Germie the Unhealthy Car "activity packet. Contents include three lesson plans, adaptable for K-5:
“What does it mean to be healthy?: A healthy habits discussion guide”
“Muscle Madness: Active classroom games”
“Have a Rainbow for Dinner: Nutrition-focused drawing activity”
"Create-A-Plate" - The Food Portions Game
The Create-a-Plate Game engages users into creating a properly portioned plate that is consistent with diabetes dietary guidelines. This online application has been adapted from American Diabetes Association “Rate Your Plate Game.” Users are asked to place each major food group (starches, vegetables and meats) on the plate in the right proportions. This teaching tool provides users with an easy-to-remember visual aid to healthy food portions.
Users’ learning is supported if they run into difficulties when creating a properly proportioned plate.
"What's In It?" - The Food Label Game
The What's in It? game engages users into what to look for in a food label and how to interpret different sections of the food label. In this online application, users are presented with food labels of popular food items and are asked to make choices.
Users are provided with immediate feedback based on their responses.
"Check Out Your Choices" - The Supermarket Game
The Supermarket Game provides a fun, interactive way to teach users about the importance of healthy eating. In this online application, users learn how to select foods during a super market visit and their choices are evaluated for nutritional quality based on the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, cereals, and lean meats.