Cub Scout Academics

 Nutrition Belt Loop

Nutrition


The requirements listed below are taken from the
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide (34299) 2009 Printing.


This subject was added in 2009.

Requirements

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Make a poster of foods that are good for you. Share the poster with your den.
  2. Explain the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
  3. Help prepare and eat a healthy meal of foods that are included in a food pyramid.
    (With your parent’s or partner’s permission, see http://www.mypyramid.gov.)

In Belt Loop requirement 3, when planning meals and explaining the guidelines for a balanced menu, until the wording is corrected, where the requirements or literature use the term
 "Food Pyramid" or the term "Food Guide Pyramid", Scouts should be able to substitute the term "My Plate" for the former terms which have been discontinued by the USDA.
(see http://www.choosemplate.gov.)


Academics Pin

Earn the Nutrition belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make a poster that shows different foods that are high in each of the vitamins. Using your poster, explain to your den or family the difference between a vitamin and a mineral and the importance of each for a healthy diet.
  2. Read the nutrition label from a packaged or canned food item. Learn about the importance of the nutrients listed. Explain what you learned to your den or family.
  3. Make a list of diseases that can be caused by a diet that is poor in nutrition.
  4. Talk with your school cafeteria manager about the role nutrition plays in the meals your school serves.
  5. With an adult, plan a balanced menu of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for your family for a week.
  6. Make a list of healthy snack foods. Demonstrate how to prepare two healthy snacks.
  7. With an adult, go grocery shopping. Report to your den or other family members what you learned about choosing good foods to eat.
  8. Demonstrate how to safely prepare food for three meals.
  9. Demonstrate how to store leftover food to prevent spoilage or contamination.
  10. Help with a garden. Report to your den or family about what is growing in the garden and how you helped. Show a picture of or bring an item harvested from your garden.
  11. Visit a farm or ranch. Talk with the owner about how the farm or ranch produces food for families.
  12. Explain how physical exercise works with nutrition in helping people be fit and healthy. Demonstrate three examples of good physical activity.
Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Word Format PDF Format

Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the loop and pin that includes these requirements.


Page updated on: May 30, 2013



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