Module 1: Learning About Nutrition
Food around the table

1.1 Overview

NutritionModule 1 outlines the state of obesity in the United States and its effects on children and youth. It also presents the latest guidance on nutrition and food choices.

This module will explore:

  • The overall increase in obesity among children and youth
  • Racial disparities in obesity
  • Body mass index and the definitions of “overweight” and “obese”
  • Dietary guidelines for Americans
  • MyPlate and other food guides
  • The principles of a healthy diet
  • Serving sizes and food labels