What Is a Calorie?

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Learners discover how we measure a healthy energy budget for our bodies with this educational video from TED-Ed. It reviews not only the definition of a calorie, but also such concepts as basal metabolic rate and how to properly perceive calorie counts on nutrition labels.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Classroom Considerations
  • While the video does account for some exceptions to the prescribed average calorie needs for men and women, remember to discuss more factors that should come into play (body type, genetics, etc.)
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Discusses other important considerations when discussing calories, such as age, energy use, and food type
  • Excellent graphics and animation to support instruction
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