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Get students thinking about the Mediterranean MyPlate

mediterranean posterHave you read the latest good news about the Mediterranean Diet? It works. It doesn’t help you lose weight. It was tested with folks in high risk categories so we’re not sure of the impact on everyone. But The New York Times reports that it reduced strokes, heart attacks and death in a recent scientific test.

So what is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean Diet promotes olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables – and wine. The diet restricts commercially made cookies, cakes and pastries and limits dairy products and processed meats.

And how does this fit in with MyPlate?

That’s a great question. A question that might get your students contrasting, comparing and critically considering two diets that have both received national attention. Ask them what they think, which seems healthier, which seems more practical and how might they implement both ideals into their own diet and lifestyle?

Learning ZoneXpress has a colorful poster that promotes and explains the Mediterranean Diet to help them get the conversation going!

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