NCSCE and KQED are partnering on a new project, Do Now U. Do Now U engages undergraduate students in online discussions about current scientific issues through the innovative use of social media.
This week, Do Now U asks, “What Influences Your Dietary Choices?” Mercer University students, Sarah Abney, Ghazal Ahmad, Abby Boyd, Josh Funderburke, Thomas Norton, Erin Oliver, Kiara Smith, and Payton Usher, created the post, which details the conflicting dietary messages that Americans receive every day.
In the post, the students discuss “quick-fix” diets and health fads in contrast to recommendations to diversify eating habits and consume everything in moderation. The students then invite the public to weigh in on what contributes to their diet choices.
Join the Conversation!
Do Now U is an excellent resource to engage students in national conversation. Use Do Now U as a warm-up exercise or extra credit assignment to improve students’ science literacy and communication skills. Encourage them to comment on the post, or share their opinions on Twitter using the hashtag #DoNowUDiet.
Previous Do Now U posts explore a range of topics including economic and environmental divides, and additional health and dietary concerns. Browse all Do Now U posts and engage your students in national conversations.
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