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You may know your favorite style of music or clothes, but do you know your eating style is? Did you know you had a fitness style too? Answer some of the quizzes below to get to know yourself better. Then you will be able to figure out which healthy changes are just right for you. Share your plans with friends and family for the help you want to make your new habits stick. 


  1. What is My Eating Style?
  2. What is My Fitness Style?
  3. Who is on My Team?
  4. Why We Eat

 

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What is your eating style?

What is Your Eating Style?

Did you know you have an eating style? Do you know what your style is? When you know your style you can make better decisions.


Read these statements and circle the ones that best describe what you do to discover your style.


I love to have long conversations during a meal, so I wind up eating slowly.

Sometimes I eat standing up. I’m always on the go so I need fast foods.

I like to cook and arrange the plate so it looks pretty.

I’m fussy. I never let the peas touch the mashed potatoes.

My favorite foods are white or beige.

I’m a constant muncher and snack while watching TV, playing video games, using my computer.

I never have time for breakfast.

I can finish a bag of chips without even knowing it.

I like to try new and different foods, especially colorful ones.

Here’s Your Eating Style!


If you answered mostly –


#1, 3 & 9 - You are a gourmet and truly enjoy many different kinds of food. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to know when your stomach is full. Eating slowly and really enjoying your meal can prevent you from overeating.


#2, 4 & 7 - You are a grazer, nibbling your way through the day. Try three smaller meals, and add two small snacks after school and after dinner. Measure out your food to know how much you are eating. Don't eat from the bag, especially in front of the TV! Try drinking a glass of water before each mini meal so you feel full on less food.


#5, 6, & 8 - You are a multi-tasker and eat on the run. You don’t give yourself time to fully enjoy your food and can't even remember if you've already eaten. You don't care much about what you eat. At least make sure the food you choose is nutritious.Try chewing gum, instead of snacks, while you are working on other things.

Your Fitness Style

Your Fitness Style

Did you know you have a fitness style? Let’s find out what your activity level is now. Circle the answer that best describes what you usually do. Then add up your points and discover your fitness style.


In the morning I usually…


1. Pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep


2. Get up but I am still tired


3. Wait until the snooze alarm or Mom/Dad/Grandma calls again.


4. Wake up quickly and jump out of bed


In gym class I…


1. Hide out or pretend I’m sick


2. Sometimes participate when I like the activity


3. Often participate in most activities


4. Always play hard


At lunch I usually…


1. Skip lunch


2. Just eat my lunch


3. Eat, then hang around with friends


4. Eat fast and then play hard


After school or on weekends, I do sports, dance or play active games…


1. Not at all


2. Once or twice a week


3. 3 or 4 times a week


4. 5 or more times a week


Scoring: Each item you circled has a number in front of it. Add up your numbers and read below to discover your fitness style.


1- 5 points = couch potato


6 – 13 points = moderate mover


14 - 16 points = Olympic potential


YOUR EXERCISE OPTIONS


Pick the one that’s right for you.


Couch potatoes;


• Help with household chores daily: make your bed or sweep the floor


• Help carry home the groceries or laundry


• Walk the dog or your baby brother/sister/cousin around the block


• Make exercising during commercials a requirement for watching TV. Do   jumping jacks, hula-hoop or sit-ups.


• Be active 10 to15 extra minutes each day.


Moderate Mover;


• Participate more actively in gym class and recess time.


• Play actively with your friends: tag, sledding, hop scotch, catch, dancing, hiking, dodge ball, Frisbee, biking and flying a kite, are great things to do with your friends in the park or school yard.


• Try a team sport: soccer, baseball, basketball, football, karate, tennis, hockey or swimming, are great ways to become active and make new friends.


• Be active 15 to 30 extra minutes each day.


Olympic potential;


• Join a school team.


• Set aside time for working out alone or with friends.


• Challenge yourself to excel at skateboarding, break dancing or other activities you like.


• Learn dance, karate or gymnastics and prepare for the group’s performance.


• Be active 30 minutes or more every day.

Who's on my Team?

Who's On My Team?

We all are members of a team. Our first team is our family, the people we live with, who love and take care of us. Later we enlarge our team to include friends, classmates and people we like and trust, such as teachers, doctors or coaches.


We can get a lot of support from these people, like hugs, advice, good company, spending money, a ride or homework help. Having the support of our “teammates” can make things easier.


Fill in the pyramid below to see who is on your team. Decide who is the captain last. Look at team members for clues. You may need to make the pyramid larger!

                                                        _ME_
                                                     _________
                                                   ____________
                                                ________________
                                             ____________________
                                          ________________________
                                       ____________________________
                                    ________________________________
                                 ____________________________________
                              ________________________________________
                           ____________________________________________  



Why We Eat

WHY WE EAT – BEYOND HUNGER

Food is such an important part of our lives. As human beings we must eat food for energy.


Food is also an important part in our culture. Food can be the best part of our day, as we sit down together with family and friends to share a meal.


Food is a special part of celebrations, holidays and family traditions. Can you imagine a birthday without a cake & candles, a baseball game without hotdogs, Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie or Christmas without a feast? What are some of your family’s favorite holiday treats?


Sometimes we eat because we are upset, sad, anxious, afraid, angry, bored or too excited. But food does not make our problems go away. What do you do to handle your feelings?


TOOLS  WHY DO I EAT?


See what healthy changes you can make by filling in the survey below. Pick from theImportant Tips to find healthier ways to handle your feels.


When I feel Frustrated


I usually do this:________________________________________


Something else I could do is…


______________________________________________________


 


When I feel Angry


I usually do this:_________________________________________


Something else I could do is…


_______________________________________________________


 


When I feel Bored


I usually do this:__________________________________________


Something else I could do is…


_______________________________________________________


 


When I feel Sad


I usually do this: _________________________________________


Something else I could do is…


_______________________________________________________


Important Tips:


Here is a list of other things that you might do to handle your feelings…


Take a break or “time out”

Talk to someone about it

Breathe deeply to calm down

Hit a pillow

Go for a run

Get up and do something fun like …

Call a friend

Get a hug

Take a soothing bath

Do your hobby

Listen to music

Do something relaxing