What Are Calories?

This What Are Calories? handout & reference also includes:

What are calories, and how do calorie needs differ from person to person? Here is a worksheet that briefly explains how calories measure the energy supplied by food, as well as suggests the amount of food an individual should eat per day.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Follow up with some instruction on other important dietary features to consider in addition to calorie intake, such as nutritional value, nutrient composition, and an individual's BMI
  • Discuss alternative ideas to the "Calories In, Calories Out" approach
  • Simple comparison offered between calorie consumption and the gasoline used in cars 
  • Reading followed by six assessment questions
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