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Nutrition for Active Fitness [electronic resource]

Fad diets and "miracle" products are not the keys to attaining long-term physical health. This program uses the success stories of people who have made fitness a lifelong goal to illustrate the benefits of living a healthful life that includes smart food choices and regular exercise. By eating well and staying active, students can attain optimum performance both athletically and academically.
2005; 2000

Sports and Nutrition [electronic resource]: Winning Combination

Proper nutrition plays a major role when we strive to reach our physical potential, and nutrition makes an important contribution to our well-being and ability to perform. Basal metabolism and physical activity determine the amount of food we should eat. This video shows how to eat right while in training, before competitions, and during the event. It reveals which of us should use carbohydrate loading and explains the safe way to gain or lose weight. There is emphasis on drinking the right amount of fluids, including which sport drinks are safe to use. Also included are the use of supplements such as salt tablets, electrolyte replacements, and vitamin and mineral supplements. For most of us, good nutrition is a key to winning.
2005; 1997

Junk Food Wars [electronic resource]

Healthy eating is a challenge-sometimes, it's even a battle. With vending machines, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants almost everywhere, nutritional value can go down in defeat. This high-energy video shows how to defend against the dangers of junk food. Straightforward discussions and dramatizations arm students with a wealth of information on the updated 2005 food pyramid, the different kinds of fats and sugars, how to read ingredients labels, and how to control what foods are available. Commentary from nutrition and food policy experts provides backup, with insights into junk food packaging and advertising tactics. Stop losing battles! Join the Junk Food Wars.

Diet-Related Disorders [electronic resource]: Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, and Celiac Disease

This program examines three common diet-related disorders and their relationship to what people eat and drink. The causes, characteristics, and treatment of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and celiac disease are discussed, along with strategies for their prevention. With an emphasis on breakfast, snacks, and gluten-free alternatives, students will learn how to eat without reaching for convenience foods, and that using a "traffic light" approach allows for the occasional treat. Balancing exercise with computer time is urged. An on-screen summary at the end of each segment makes this video an especially effective teaching tool.
2010; 2009

MyPlate [electronic resource]: Understanding the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans

When the USDA replaced MyPyramid with MyPlate, the goal was to simplify dietary recommendations by providing at-a-glance guidelines without having to weigh and measure at every meal. This program explores the key concepts of MyPlate and how it correlates to the more detailed Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including portion sizes, proportions, food group choices, and caloric balance. The video explains why it's a good idea to fill half your plate with produce, and even breaks down which vegetables edge out others in terms of fiber and nutrients. Stressing the impact of poor eating habits on health, it discusses fat and salt intake, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and whole versus refined and enriched grains - and suggests seafood and other protein choices beyond just mea [...]

All About Nutrients [electronic resource]

Depriving the human body of proper nutrition is like taking away a car's gasoline-as well as its steel, aluminum, rubber, and upholstery. This program explores the function and importance of nutrients, explaining why we need a balanced food intake and illustrating the health problems that result when we don't eat properly. Viewers learn about a wide variety of necessary vitamins and minerals and encounter diet-related illnesses that result from inadequate quantities of some foods and their associated nutrients. The consequences of consuming too much of some food types are also explored in detail.
2010; 2009

The Carb Controversy [electronic resource]: What Are the Facts?

Trendy low-carb diets: healthy or hype? Use this video to give your students a detailed overview of simple and complex carbohydrates and how they work in the body. Also, the video questions the effectiveness and safety of low-carb diets as a weight-loss regimen. A balanced look at a complicated and controversial subject. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
2010; 2005

Nutrient Basics [electronic resource]

It was a bad day for the Nutrient Team! In this humorous parody of investigative reporting, a group of inquisitive teenagers must find vital foods stolen from their science exhibit-fast. In the process, they uncover important facts about protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and water. Plus, expose-style "nutrient makeovers" show just how important these substances are to good health, while meal-by-meal profiles pinpoint the essential nutrients typically missing from teenage diets. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
2010; 2005

MyPyramid [electronic resource]: Steps to a Healthier You-Pass It on!

This Telly Award-winning overview of the USDA's MyPyramid system is designed to help teens learn to balance healthy eating with physical activity for a lifetime of good wellness habits. It explains how to eat for energy, control calories, and add physical activity to daily routines-and a segment on the Web site presents personal eating plans tailored to age, gender, size, and activity level. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
2010; 2005

Portion Size Me [electronic resource]: A Study of Healthy Fast-Food Choices

In response to the widely seen documentary Super Size Me, this video follows two college students as they eat only fast food for a month-losing weight and lowering their cholesterol levels in the process. The trick? Aaron and Ellen stay within portion sizes appropriate for their body types. The experiment was organized and documented by Dr. James Painter of Eastern Illinois University's School of Family and Consumer Sciences and monitored by a physician and nutrition expert. Focusing on the dangers of eating too much rather than on restrictive diet warnings, the program shows that smart eating is possible even with limited food choices. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
2010; 2006

Eat to Win [electronic resource]: Nutrition for Athletes

This Telly Award-winning video dispels ten common myths about eating and sports training, setting the record straight on calories, carbs, protein, hydration, and how to eat for maximum muscle-building and performance. Using a Q&A-style format, Eat to Win eliminates confusion about dieting, under-eating, body image, energy bars and drinks, carbo-loading, caffeine, fruit juices, and how the human body stores energy. Specific guidance using is featured. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
2010; 2005

Portion Size Me, Too! [electronic resource]: How to Make Healthy Fast-Food Choices

Fast food is a delicious-but-fattening fact of teenage existence. This video returns to Eastern Illinois University as Ellen and Aaron further explore the concepts and strategies introduced in Portion Size Me. The game plan? After calculating caloric needs based on height, weight, age, gender, and activity level, they order smarter, skip the "little extras," and eat smaller portions. The true "value meal" here is the one with fewer and healthier calories, not the one that simply costs less. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
2010; 2006

The Exercise and Nutrition Connection [electronic resource]

How nutrition and exercise affect a person is determined by many factors. Societal pressures to conform to an ideal body image can lead to dangerous eating disorders and other physical and emotional problems. Having the facts about nutrition and exercise can help prevent problems and assure a healthy approach to diet and fitness. This informative program examines how metabolism and body type can influence the results of an exercise and nutrition regimen. Experts offer tips for healthy nutrition along with basic exercise and fitness goals that work best to provide good physical and emotional health.
2005; 1996

Epigenetics [electronic resource]: How Food Upsets Our Genes

Why are girls entering puberty at progressively younger ages? Why are the rates of heart attack, cancer, and adult-onset diabetes rising? This program examines growing indications that food affects our genes-a concept vitally important to the science of epigenetics. Viewers encounter a wide range of experiments, case studies, and historical evidence, including Dutch birth records and testimonials from WWII that point to the epigenetic effects of starvation. Findings from animal and human nutritional studies, as well as evidence involving diet habits and environmental threats around the globe, are also presented. DNA methylation, the "on-and-off switch" of the epigenome, and other important concepts are featured.
2009; 2008

Choosing and Planning Meals for the Person With Diabetes [electronic resource]

Managing diabetes begins with an understanding of the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain good health-and proper nutrition is the foundation of that understanding. This program introduces key facts and actions that form the dietary front in the battle against diabetes. Viewers learn about meal choices designed to control blood glucose, maintain normal blood fat levels, and prevent or mitigate health care complications. Although frequent consumption of leafy, vitamin- and mineral-rich vegetables is part of the discussion, the emphasis is on formulating a balanced diet rather than denying the benefits of a certain food group. Advice on meat types, portion sizes, and cooking approaches is also included.

4 Weeks 2 a Higher Food IQ [electronic resource]

Taking a clever reality-TV approach, this video focuses on the USDA MyPlate Dietary Guidelines and the best ways for teens to work them into day-to-day life. A high school student named Lexi accepts a challenge from a professional dietician to eat more balanced meals and get more physical exercise over a period of 4 weeks, with the ultimate goal of satisfying-and sticking with!-the MyPlate system. At the start of Week One, Lexi's "food IQ" is less than ideal, as reflected in her menu choices and portion sizes as well as her sedentary TV and computer habits. But by Week Four, she has successfully combined healthy eating and healthy activities into a formula for fitness-and a promising future!

Nutrition and Exercise [electronic resource]

When diabetes forced Yvonne to take her health seriously, she enlisted the help of a registered dietician and started exercising. By looking at Yvonne and others, this program details how the right foods combined with an adequate amount of exercise can help you avoid certain diseases and cope with existing medical conditions. Basic exercise tips and fitness assessment pointers are combined with suggested daily diets, especially the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, as explained by Dr. John Cook, director of Vascular Medicine at Stanford Medical School and author of The Cardiovascular Cure.
2005; 2003

Let's Do Lunch [electronic resource]

Who has time? "I don't need the calories." "A double bacon cheeseburger, that's a good lunch!" Sound familiar? Grab your students' attention with Let's Do Lunch and show them why that second meal of the day is vital to their health and academic performance. Covers childhood obesity and related conditions, the basics of balanced nutrition, good and bad cholesterol and different types of fat, and how to start making healthier food choices. Dieticians and an athletic trainer add their stamp of authority, while savvy teens offer quick, easy, healthy, and delicious lunch and snack ideas. Break the fast food, junk food, no food habit! Correlates to the National Health Education Standards and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
2005; 2004

Health News and Interviews [electronic resource]: Nutrition and Obesity Video Clips

This collection of 16 video clips (1 minute to 2 minutes 30 seconds each) takes a close look at nutrition and obesity. Topics range from the benefits of organic farming, to similarities between hunger and drug cravings, to links between vegetables and healthy vision, nutrients and memory, genes and body fat storage, and race and hereditary conditions. Video clips include: Nutrition * Purely Organic * Food Cravings * Nonfattening Sweeteners * Food for Your Eyes * Vitamin A and Learning * Addicted to Food. Obesity * No Anti-fat Bullet * Infectious Obesity * Obesity and the Brain * Obesity and Neurology * Your Brain on Food * Ancestry and Obesity * Couch Potatoes * Fat Food Fables * Big Belly Genes * Gene Therapy and Obesity.
2008; 2007

Clean Eating: The Dirty Truth

Imagine if the food you choose to eat could "clean" your body and make you feel healthier. This film separates fact from pseudo-scientific fiction to unravel the diet conspiracy gripping the West: clean eating. Meet the biggest names behind this phenomena—people whose philosophies about food have influenced a generation, redefining what we think about the food we eat. In the world of clean eating, not everything is as it seems. Rather than improving physical and psychological wellbeing, is it actually doing the opposite?