A balanced diet is described as the necessary amounts of the seven food groups that make a person healthy. The food groups and their relative amounts are given. Food packaging is looked at.

First broadcast:
25 March 2003

Use the clip to inform students’ research into diet and its relationship with growth and development of different organisms. As well as considering the energy requirements of our bodies, the specific roles of fats, proteins and carbohydrates should be discussed. Divide the class into different groups and have each group research a particular lifestyle choice and how it relates to our bodies’ ability to maintain itself. Concentrate on choices related to diet or factors that have a direct impact on how our bodies absorb or process particular nutrients, vitamins or minerals.