Most Scouts are probably familiar with the food pyramid from school. To make the nutrition components of the Scout program more interesting, turn them into a hands-on activity.
- One large piece of poster board – the bigger the better
- magazines with pictures of food (or use the cards from the Food Pyramid Go Fish game and pictures of physical activity (walking, running, hiking, exercising , etc.)
- Get a large piece of poster board – the bigger the better.
- Draw the basic food pyramid on the poster. See the mini poster at mypyramid.gov for an example. It doesn’t need to be elaborate. Just the basic shape will do.
- Have the scouts cut pictures of various types of food out of the magazines. Also have them cut out some pictures of people involved in exercise or physical activities.
- They should glue the pictures to the appropriate place on the pyramid. Not only should they place the food in the correct stripe, but they should decide if the food goes closer to the bottom (more healthy choices for the food group) or toward the top (less healthy choices).
- Place the pictures of the people engaged in activity along the side of the pyramid (where the picture of the person going up the steps is.)
- While placing discuss the importance of eating a balanced diet and eating more foods from the bottom of the pyramid than from the top. Also talk about the importance of physical activity.