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Food portion kit teaches kids healthy eating habits

This is an excerpt from Innovative Tools for Health Education by Marilyn Grechus, PhD


Help your students visualize the size of a portion of food so they can more easily follow the guidance of MyPyramid.



  • File box for 5-by-7-inch cards
  • Several of the following: tennis ball, baseball, deck of cards, checkbook, dice, matchbook, nickel, CD case, 3-inch-round mint tin, hockey puck, light bulb shape (mine is a stress ball), computer mouse

Instructions for Assembling


Collect the selected items that represent one portion of food. Store in the file box (figure 24.1).


  • Tennis ball: 1 cup cooked rice, medium piece of fruit
  • Baseball: 12-ounce potato or 1 cup cold cereal
  • Deck of cards (or cassette tape): 3 ounces of meat
  • CD case: 1 slice of bread, 1 pancake
  • Matchbook: 1 tablespoon oil, salad dressing, or syrup
  • Nickel: 2 ounces dry spaghetti (1 cup cooked spaghetti)
  • Wood square (or 6 dice): 1 ounce cheese
  • Mint tin (or hockey puck): bagel
  • Checkbook cover: 3 ounces fish
  • Computer mouse: baked potato

To Use


Along with a discussion of how much of each food group should be consumed in a day, these models can help students visualize how much they are actually eating.

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