Developed in partnership with SugarByHalf, this set of 14 lessons aims to empower students to make informed food choices. The different units help students to identify and understand the science of sugar, its impact on their body and the social and economic influences on their own food choices. 

 

 

The social and economic impact of sugar – Years 5-6 (HASS)

 

Directed at younger students, this unit investigates the social and economic factors surrounding sugar. Students can discover how sugar gets into food and drink and look at the businesses and industries that sell, support, and supply added sugars. 

 

Body science: the what, where and why – Years 7-8 (HPE)

 

This HPE unit focuses on teaching students the science of sugar: what it is, where it comes from, and what it does to the body if you have too much. Students are encouraged to make smart, healthy decisions about what they consume. 

 

The influence of advertising on sugar consumption – Years 9-10 (English)

 

This unit looks to how sugary products are marketed and sold, in support of the English curriculum. It encourages students to critically consider advertising messages within their own environment. Lesson plans include analysis of advertising, sporting sponsorships and word choice. 

 

 

Who are SugarByHalf

 

A not-for-profit organisation, SugarByHalf promote 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, affecting 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 parents.

Much of the added sugar in our diet comes from the processed foods and drinks we consume. On average, Australians consume 14-16 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenagers consume more than 20 teaspoons per day. The World Health Organisation says we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons for good health. To put that in perspective, there are 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon. If something has 20 grams of sugar, that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar.