Food Values*

CONCEPT: Values, Expressing Feelings



This activity is an open-ended discussion where participants have the opportunity to share ideas, opinions, and feelings about various food and eating situations.



After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • identify the values they have about food
  • express their opinion in a group setting with greater confidence



"The purpose of this activity is to exchange ideas about various food and eating situations, and to share ideas and opinions in a non-judgemental atmosphere."

General guidelines for discussion:

  1. Explain to the group that as a leader you will not give your opinion, but that you will help make sure that everyone will have a chance to talk if they wish.
  2. If someone does not understand what someone else has said, they may ask that person for further clarification.
  3. Note that group members will have different ideas--they may disagree, but not make fun of what others think.
  4. People will take turns speaking in the discussion.

Present the 'values' questions to the group, one at a time. Ask them to respond. Note which questions result in the strongest feelings and discussion.

Values Questions

How do you feel about:

  1. Being required to eat something you do not like?
  2. Mealtimes with the whole family?
  3. Picnics?
  4. Food that is supposed to be good for you, but that you do not like?
  5. Eating between meals?
  6. Not being able to eat as much of a food as you would like?
  7. Eating at a set time?
  8. Eating foods different from the rest of the family?
  9. Doing other things (playing, talking, watching TV) while you eat?
  10. PKU?
  11. Eating at a friend's house?

Distribute the worksheet. Have them circle the response which most closely indicates the way they feel about each statement. After they have completed the worksheet, discuss their responses. Remind everyone that there are no right or wrong answers.



  • Values Questions , related to food (listed above--you can also add others)
  • acrobat reader logo Worksheet: My Diet and Health.
  • Pencils


*This activity is adapted from NET Nutrition Education: Choose Well, Be Well, California State Department of Education, 1982.

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