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The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity

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Explore the scientific principles of energy balance within the body (energy in versus energy out) and their impact on human health.

Activities
Science Content
1. Burning It UpWhat is energy?
Physical activity (Energyout).
2. A Serving by Any Other NameFood as a source of energy (Energyin).
3. A Delicate BalanceThe energy balance equation.
4. Munching MiceFactors affecting energy balance.
5. Dear MeStrategies for achieving energy balance.
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

“The module focuses on and supports scientific inquiry. It encourages learners to think hypothetically, to extrapolate, and to hypothesize. The module challenges students to reflect on personal choices regarding their own energy balance.” --Field-test Teacher

“The best aspect was the ability to individualize most of the things we did. This was good because it got us more involved. Another aspect was the Web site, which was a nice change from the usual media used in the classroom. The third good thing was that the lessons related to our lives more than most science, which made it more interesting.” --Field-test Student

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