Topic: Nutrition

7331119710 40435e6b10 k

Science Middle School

Learning to Garden and Cook in School

Life Science Health Nutrition Plants

Many schools now have gardens where students grow and harvest food that they cook themselves in class. The “Let's Move Initiative,” a program created by former First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010, has generated awareness about school gardens and teaching cooking skills that enable students to learn about healthy lifestyle habits in an effort to fight the national obesity epidemic. Listen to learn more about how a gardening and cooking project at a school in Maine is a rewarding way to learn about nutrition and healthy lifestyle skills through hands-on class activities.

Read More
6791774159 c148a1e23a z

Current Event December 2, 2016

Debate: What Can be Done to Improve Data on Poverty

Health Nutrition Government structures

The United Nations set an ambitious goal of ending extreme poverty and fighting disease by 2030. But a lot of governments and international organizations and researchers still aren't collecting basic statistics. For example, currently over 150 million kids in poor countries have stunted growth, largely due to malnutrition, but there isn’t data about which nutrients available in these countries are most needed to prevent malnutrition. The data gap is especially noticeable when it comes to statistics on girls and women. This makes it hard to prioritize health spending. Listen to this story and debate what can be done to improve data on poverty.

Read More
1.mre square

Current Event August 16, 2015

Military Rations in School Lunches

Civics/Government World War II Nutrition chemistry

The search for food that is low cost, tasty and slow-to-spoil has been an ongoing goal of the military, especially during World War II. That’s why military science has influenced the food in school lunches, as well as other convenient foods such as granola bars and juice boxes. Military research and ingredients are found in many foods, including the McDonald’s McRib Sandwich. A new book encourages people to think more about where convenient, non-perishable food comes from and whether this food science should be used so commonly outside the military.

Read More
Panda.square

Current Event June 16, 2015

Panda's Diet

Life Science Nutrition

We all know that a panda’s primary food source is bamboo. But a new study about giant pandas has found that their digestive system is built to support a carnivorous diet, not their vegetarian one. Listen to learn more about what and how pandas eat and how this is part of a panda paradox.

Read More
Biodiversity in apples

Science Middle School

Stores Lack Biodiversity in Apples

Life Science Nutrition Plants

The apples we are used to seeing in the supermarket are the same basic size and shape and they have familiar flavor profiles. But there are more apple varieties than you might imagine. There's a whole world of biodiversity in apples, but these apples don’t make it to the supermarket. Listen to learn more about America’s history with apples and the apple Renaissance taking place today!

Read More
The science of calories

Science Middle School

Calculating Calories in Food

Life Science Health Nutrition chemistry

Food gives our body the energy needed to function and thrive. But what is energy? Where can you find it and how can you calculate it? This public radio story explores the energy in a cheese curl by burning it. Listen to learn about a great lab that allows you to calculate the energy in food.

Read More
Truth in nonfiction

ELA High School

Jon Krakauer on Researching 'Into the Wild'

Life Science Nutrition Journalism Nonfiction

The book "Into the Wild" chronicled the journey of twenty-four year old Christopher McCandless who died in April of 1992 after attempting to survive alone and virtually unaided on a remote Alaskan hiking trail. While McCandless’ official cause of death has been recorded as starvation, author Jon Krakauer has evidence suggesting otherwise. Krakauer, who wrote "Into the Wild," has conducted extensive research on McCandless’ death even after he first published the book chronicling McCandless’ experiences. His findings have led him to believe that McCandless’ death may have been caused by the ingestion of a poisonous potato seed that is only deadly if you are malnourished. Listen to hear what evidence led Krakauer to this conclusion.

Read More
Steak and eggs.square

Current Event January 2, 2015

Nutrition and the Environment

Civics/Government Environment Nutrition

What you eat doesn’t just impact you; it impacts the environment. This is the argument that some nutritionists are presenting to U.S. Congressional Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee. They suggest Congress should consider the agricultural practices and the environmental impact of some foods when issuing nutrition guidelines. But that suggestion has not been well received by Congress. Listen to learn more about this effort to marry nutrition and environmentalism and the congressional backlash it has provoked.

Read More
Groceries.square

Current Event December 2, 2014

Grocery Food Waste

Economics Health Nutrition

The produce sections at grocery stores are full of fresh fruits and vegetables ready to buy. But what happens to the produce that isn’t purchased? Spotted bananas and wilted lettuce become food waste every day, whether it is in grocery stores before it is sold or in your own refrigerator afterwards. Listen to learn why 86 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year and what some stores and organizations are doing to cut down on this waste.

Read More
Acorn.square

Current Event November 18, 2014

Acorn Snacks

Life Science Health Nutrition

Walnuts, pecans, peanuts and cashews are all nuts you typically see in the store and are healthy to eat. But what about acorns? Acorns, the tough nuts that fall from Oak trees are beloved by squirrels but rarely make it to the dinner table. In this public radio story we hear from a wild food advocate who is teaching people to eat acorns. We also hear about the history of eating acorns and the role of acorns in traditional Native American food.

Read More
Losing weight while you sleep

Science Middle School

Losing Weight While You Sleep

Life Science Health Nutrition Mathematics Human body

You are losing weight, just by breathing! This public radio story describes how people lose weight when sleeping, and that much of that lost weight comes simply from breathing. You will learn how matter is recycled and how everyone contains atoms from historical figures. The story also helps you visualize just how small and numerous atoms and molecules are.

Read More
Fungi

Science Middle School

Fungi Sustains Ecosystems

Life Science Ecosystems Nutrition Plants

Fungi play a crucial role in decomposition. This audio story emphasizes the destructive power of molds, as well as their vital importance in sustaining ecosystems. You'll be transported to a forest to learn how and why fungi is all around us.

Read More
Climate change makes food grow fewer nutrients

Current Event May 16, 2014

Climate Change Makes Food Grow Fewer Nutrients

Climate Change Nutrition

Climate change will not only create extreme weather, but scientists have found that areas with more carbon dioxide grow less healthy crops. Although these crops are much larger in size, they lack nutrients such as zinc and iron. Listen to these findings on the long-term impact of CO2 on crops.

Read More
Yoga mat compound

Current Event April 2, 2014

Yoga Mat Compound

Health Nutrition

The same compound found in Subway sandwich breads and other commercial breads is also found in yoga mats. Research shows that the amount of this food additive is not toxic to one’s health, but it all comes down to how comfortable you are eating this ingredient.

Read More
Nutritional label gets a makeover

Current Event March 3, 2014

Nutritional Label Gets a Makeover

Health Nutrition

The traditional nutritional label that lives on the backs of food packages are often dense and overloaded with information. The new label focuses on components that matter: calories, serving size, and sugar.

Read More
Throwing away food

Current Event February 19, 2014

Throwing Away Food

Life Science Nutrition Agriculture

On average, we throw away around 40% of our food. Sarah Ramirez, a Stanford Ph.D, decided to fight hunger by picking crops from fields and yards that would’ve been trashed. Listen to this story to learn if her efforts are successful.

Read More
Kraft's orange cheese fraud

Current Event February 7, 2014

Kraft's Orange Cheese Fraud

Health Technology Engineering Nutrition

Kraft’s Mac and Cheese products are going through a change because parents and nutritionists believe that the food coloring caused hyper activity in children.

Read More
Paleo diet cavities

Current Event January 15, 2014

Paleo Diet Cavities

Health Ancient Civilization Nutrition

The remains of hunter-gatherers were found in a cave dating back 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. These people did not grow food, but rather, foraged for it. What interests scientists is that the hunter-gatherers were found with cavities, despite the “paleo diet.” Listen to this story to learn the culprit of cavities.

Read More