Grade 9 Nutrition/Diet/Exercise Project

Grade 9 Nutrition/Diet/Exercise Project
You will be researching and reporting on ONE of the following topics. You should
prepare and organize your information into a format that you can submit to your teacher
(poster, research paper, pamphlet, powerpoint etc). Make your assignment visually
appealing and interesting.
This project will be worth 40 marks. Your research and poster will be worth 30 marks
(please see the attached marking guide for more details), and your self and partner
evaluation will be worth 10 marks.
You may work by yourself or with one other person. Groups of two will be the maximum.
Make sure you pick your partner wisely.
Choose ONE of the following:
1. Research the downfall of diets and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight.
Body Mass Index (BMI) should be included as part of your results.
2. Research the body’s need for water. What does water do for you? What happens
without water? How can you avoid dehydration? What happens if your sweat
doesn’t evaporate? Why is it important to drink water prior, during, and after
physical activity?
3. Research the different types of fat (saturated/unsaturated). Is there good fat and
bad fat? What does the body need these for? What food sources are they found
in? Excess amounts of fat can lead to which health problems?
4. Research the different types of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia etc). Explain
what makes people prone to these disorders and how they get healthy again with
5. What is osteoporosis? How do you get it? Who is at risk? How can you prevent
6. Research one of the many fad diets being promoted today, such as the Atkins Diet,
South Beach Diet, The Zone etc. and briefly describe the main ideas behind the
diet. List the positives and negatives of this type of diet.
7. Research the A, B Complex, C, D, E & K vitamins. List at least two of their
functions and at least three food sources for each of the vitamins.
8. Research the Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Iodine & Potassium minerals. List at
least two of their functions and at least three food sources for each of these
Your project will need a bibliography, on a separate piece of paper. Please include a
title for your bibliography and use the format on the attached page to list your