Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will explore the benefits of being healthy through a Think-Pair-Share visible thinking routine. They will be introduced to the idea that sugar is prevalent in our diets by watching a short clip that exposes the sugar content of well-known foods. They will then read and analyse an article that details the effect of sugar on our health and wellbeing. Lastly, students will consider how reducing sugar could benefit their health, reflecting on whether or not to make any changes to their own diet. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the benefits of limiting sugar consumption.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCritical Thinking





Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS073)
  • Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns (ACPPS076)

Syllabus outcomes: PDPHE4.2, PDPHE4.3, PDPHE4.8, PDPHE4.9, PDPHE4.10, PDPHE4.12, PDPHE4.16.

General capabilities: Literacy

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: They investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Consumption.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HPE – Years 7-8.

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussions. 

Resources required:

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Web-enabled devices – enough for one per pair of students
  • Whiteboard markers
  • Paper roll (optional).

Keywords: Sugar, health information, evaluation, healthy choices, health, SugarByHalf, credibility, bias. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand...

  • ... the benefits of limiting sugar consumption.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... make connections between physical health and general wellbeing
  • ... describe one or more ways that limiting sugar consumption can benefit the human body.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf ( promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that Australians live better, stronger and healthier lives.

Their message is simple: to reduce added sugar consumption by half. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, impacting their brain development, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ultimately mean that this generation of children could be the first in modern history to live shorter lives than their pa

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Student Worksheet

Student Worksheet

  • Why is it good to be healthy?


Now, read through one or more articles about sugar and the human body. Then use the process below to learn about how sugar impacts the human body, and draw conclusions about the benefits of eating less sugar. You will also be analysing the credibility of health messages in the article in terms of bias, reliability and validity.

  • Take out your web-enabled devices and access one or more of the articles (linked below)
  • Read through the article
  • Respond to these questions:

What does the article say about the effect of sugar on the body?



Does the article say anything about the effect of sugar on wellbeing more generally? If yes, what?



Does the article suggest anything about actions we could take, or changes we could make? If yes, summarise them here.



According to the article, how could our health improve if we limited our consumption of sugar? (In order to answer this question, you may need to think about

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