Medical sophomore students test diets

Marina Ledesma and Irish Sagum, juniors, work together to research their PBL. Their topic regards popular diets and which one is really the best for its users.

On Feb. 27, 2012, Ms. Jan Monroe introduced the Human Diseases Spring PBL to her 10th grade students. The driving question for this project is “Which of today’s popular diets are the best?”

“I think that this PBL topic is great! It will show us students why most fad diets don’t work and a regular diet with exercise does. Overall, I feel that its informative and exciting to be able to try some of these diets,” sophomore Marina Ledesma said.

This PBL project will involve a team of four that will select one of today’s popular diets to educate the school and community of which are the best fit for today’s lifestyle. Groups will choose one of eighteen different diets.

There will be two different presentation days. A “gallery walk” presentation will be held on March 28, 2012. During this time, students from Canarelli Middle School will be touring SWCTA. A formal presentation will occur in the classroom on April 11 and April 12, 2012.

“Based on my diet right now, I think this PBL this spring will be very helpful. My diet is terrible, but only because I’m not sure what it is I need to eat everyday. I’m really hoping that this PBL will not only inform me, but also other teenagers who eat unhealthy,” sophomore John Park said.

Monroe is expecting students to learn the basic daily nutrients that the body needs in order to maintain a excellent health. She also wants students to be able to recognize the difference between good and horrible dietary choices. While researching and learning the variety of attributes involved with following a specific diet, students will also educate themselves further on what they need to do to keep their body healthy and inform others on how to do the same.

“Hopefully students can learn to make healthy choices and apply it to their daily lives,” Nursing Program adviser, Ms. Jan Monroe, said.