Fast Food Fun

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Objective: Use the Internet and spreadsheets to find calories and fat in a typical fast food meal.

Project Rubric: Information on how this project will be graded.

Procedure:
Step One:
Decide which fast food restaurant you would like to visit. Click on that restaurant's web site below.

McDonald's: http://www.mcdonalds.com/usa/eat/nutrition_info.html

Burger King: http://www.bk.com/#menu=3,1,-1

Wendy's: http://wendys.com/food/NutritionLanding.jsp

Chick-Fil-A: http://chick-fil-a.com/#nutrition

Other Restaurants: http://www.nutritiondata.com/ (This site allows you to search many fast food restaurant sites.)

Once there, plan a meal with a sandwich, salad or other main dish, a side dish (french fries, etc), a drink, and a dessert. For each item on your menu, record the total calories and the calories from fat.  Do this for at least three restaurants.

Step Two:
Enter your data in an Excel spreadsheet. Click here to see a sample and directions for completing the spreadsheet. When you have finished your spreadsheet and charts, complete the handout using Microsoft Word and return here for the rest of the project directions.

Create a chart of one of your meals.  Directions for how to make a chart can be found here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/HA102004991033.aspx

Click and Drag your chart (just for one restaurant).  Click "Insert" and then click "Chart."  Follow the Chart Wizard to create one BAR, one PIE, and one chart of your choosing.

Step Three:
Visit the United States Department of Agriculture to find out more about healthy eating guidelines: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/dga/dguide95.html
Browse through this site and answer the questions on your handout using Microsoft Word.  Copy and paste the questions (and some of your answers).

For the sake and ease of this assignment, an older version of the dietary guidelines is being used.  A more up-to-date version can be found here for furture reference: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/

Step Four:

Use Inspiration to create a chart which compares the healthy vs. unhealthy choices for each restaurant

1) Change the main idea to read "Fast Food Restaurants"

2) Add two details - "Healthy" and "Non-healthy"

3) Add supporting details by linking each food to its appropriate category.

4) Click on some of your details and then click on a graphic to change the outline style.

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Using Microsoft Word, type a brief report about your findings. Use the format for a one-page report.

Paragraph #1: Introduction including which restaurant you chose and the items on your menu.

Paragraph #2: Summarize your findings about your meal including number of calories, percentage of fat, etc. Copy and paste one of your charts into your document as supporting evidence.

Paragraph #3: Compare and contrast your meal with another student. Use the information you recorded in step 2.

Paragraph #4: Use the information from the Department of Agriculture to evaluate your meal. How does your percentage of fat compare to the percentage recommended? What about other guidelines like eating fruits and vegetables. Have you planned a healthy meal? What changes might you make in your meal to make it healthier?