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Diet

A Lot On Your Plate
One in six U.S. parents say their teen has tried a diet that is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan or paleo at some point in the last two years. “Parents should recognize that this is part of normal adolescent development toward becoming an independent adult; with that in mind, try to avoid seeing the situation as a challenge to parental authority,” a researcher said. (Teenagers, nutrition, diets, celebrations, Thanksgiving, shopping, pair crossword and conditionals.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Roof Farms
Farming on the rooftops of Paris has been such a success that the mayor is introducing more projects. By 2020, Paris will have more] than 100 hectares (0.39 square mile) of rooftop gardens and planted walls. (Gardens and cities, benefits of gardening, information exchange: sunflowers.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Bug Off?
Trying new foods. This lesson is centered around different articles about bugs as a food. Australians can buy chocolate-covered bugs and cricket lollipops. Germans bored with food crowded into a restaurant in Berlin to try insects, but people in Belgium aren't too sure.(Restaurants and unusual menus, reading in detail, true or false, discussion, some/any, much/many and ordering a hamburger.)
Elementary
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Lots of Hot Dogs!
Every year the world hot dog eating competition is held in New York. (World records, hot dogs, food, competitive eating, expressions of quantity.)
Elementary  Lesson Updated: 3 October 2016
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Healthy Vegetables
In school cafeterias with vinyl banners depicting vegetable superhero characters, more young children take vegetables from the salad bar. Also, the next time you're whipping up dinner you may want to boil, steam or stir-fry your vegetables. Read on to find out why. (Health, diet, fruit and vegetables, iron, linkers, contrast)
Intermediate
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Strict Diets
This lesson has some mixed news about diets and their long term effects. Do this lesson and go to the fridge?? (Diets, food, exercise)
Advanced
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Kangaroos to China
Once considered pet food, kangaroo meat could soon be sold to China as a luxury product, to encourage Chinese consumers to do something few Australians will - eat it. (Skimming, scanning, matching information, jigsaw reading, internet research)
Intermediate
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Growing Food for the Needy
Surrounded by rows of kale and collard greens, Bill Shick ticks off statistics about yields and the man-hours it takes to harvest the leafy green vegetables to be given away by the Chester County Food Bank in its efforts to grow food for the needy. The fresh produce program gives low-sodium, low-sugar foods to the poorest Americans year-round.
Advanced
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Crazy For Coffee
These days, when you are walking along the streets of southern Seoul, you are just as likely to smell the fragrance of fresh-brewed coffee as that of kimchi or more traditional Korean foods and a specially frothy kind of milk from New Zealand, great for cappuccinos. (Coffee drinking, business, Korea, Starbucks, role play: running a cafe).
Intermediate
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Annoying Noises
Which noise is more distracting - a child whining or a table saw? Making a noise while unwrapping a lolly at the movies can't be helped! (Whining and children, scientific research, unwrapping candies in theaters, referencing, adverbs)
Upper-Intermediate
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Eat Your Vegetables!
Japanese coaches are telling a Japanese table tennis player to eat more vegetables before the London Olympics. (Koki Niwa, sport, diet, vegetables, the Olympics, quantifiers.)
Elementary
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Dining Tips
We all indulge in less-than-perfect behavior in private but dining politely should be second nature - or should at least appear to be - if you are seeking to impress the boss or potential client. Here are some top tips to ensure social and business success at the table. (Business, table manners, dos and don'ts of dining, spaghetti eating.)
Intermediate
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Welcome To Clone Farm
To the untrained eye, Pollard Farms looks much like any other cattle ranch. Similar looking cows huddled in similar looking pens. But some of the cattle here don't just resemble each other. They are literally identical - clear down to their genes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of food from clones and their offspring, stating the products are indistinguishable from their non-clone counterparts. (Cloning, degrees of certainty, second conditional.)
Advanced
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Truck Stops
American diners are buying food from food trucks. Every Thursday night Lonnie Bishop and Lisa Case pay $5 for fancy hot dogs from a red food truck parked outside their favorite wine shop in Los Angeles. The new food trucks sell interesting and unusual food such as tacos with Korean barbecue meat, sushi, cupcakes. "I've eaten all over the world in three-star restaurants. I enjoy this...and I save a lot of money." (Eating habits, restaurants and food trucks, fast food, quantifiers.)
Elementary
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Gold For Race
Naoko Takahashi, winner of the 2000 Sydney Olympic marathon, says she would swap her gold medal to run at the 2016 Games if they are awarded to Tokyo. (Winning, hornets, sport, first and second conditionals.)
Intermediate
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Trim the grocery bill, not nutrition
Food prices, fuel costs and economic fears are growing, but that doesn't mean you can't eat healthfully while on a recession diet. Feeding yourself and your family on a budget can still include nutritious lean protein, fruits and vegetables in your diet every day... It just requires an open mind and a bit of extra time. (Nutrition, health, shopping and cooking, must/ must not/ should/ should not/ have to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Kid Food
Most food products aimed specifically at children have poor nutritional content even though more than half of the products are marketed to the contrary. (Nutrition, food for children, consumer issues, will for future forms.)
Intermediate
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Slim Peace
There's the weekly weigh-in, the tips on healthy snacking and the chit-chat between women. But this is a slimming group with a difference: half its members are Palestinian, half are Israeli and the aim is to foster dialogue, through a common battle with weight. (Women and focus groups, Palestine and Israel, conflicts, brainstorming, completing a table of information, collocation and vocabulary exercises)
Advanced
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No cake
Children in a New Zealand school must not bring birthday cakes to school because of rules for healthy eating. (Diet, children, birthdays, true or false questions, giving an opinion.)
Elementary
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Super Sushi
As Japanese sushi conquers restaurants and homes around the world, industry experts are fighting the side-effects of the raw fish boom: fake sushi bars, over-confident amateurs, poisoned consumers. (Seafood, consumers, answering true or false questions, sequencing, writing instructions, writing a recipe, will used for sudden decisions.)
Intermediate
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Urban Foragers
Eating locally means different things to different people, but to urban foragers it can literally mean eating close to home. You may not realize it, but a wealth of healthy -- and free -- food may be growing just outside your front door. (Foraging in urban settings, eating locally grown food, restaurants, scanning, completing a table, comprehension, idioms using fruit and vegetables.)
Advanced
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Big and Beautiful Cappuccinos
Jack Hanna is the world champion of coffee art--using the froth on your cappuccino to make pictures. The man from Sydney beat the Italians in the World Latte Art Champions and an Italian barman made a 330-gallon cappuccino, setting what he said was a world record. (Coffee, world records, spelling, prepositions.)
Elementary
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"Not Mad" Cows Created
U.S. and Japanese scientists said on Sunday that they had used genetic engineering to produce cattle that resist mad cow disease.(Genetic engineering, Mad Cow Disease, BSE, CJD, scientific research, the passive.)
Intermediate
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Thin is Not In
Fancy canapes and champagne have become rarer, guest-lists smaller and celebrities tougher to find in the front rows of some fashion shows these days and underweight models from fashion shows banned to stop teenagers from starving themselves. (Role-models, fashion and fashion shows, eating disorders, matching information, jigsaw reading, future forms--will and be going to for future decisions and intentions.)
Intermediate
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Disappearing Fish
The world's fish and seafood populations will collapse by 2048 if current trends in habitat destruction and overfishing continue, resulting in less food for humans. In Japan fish is a cherished delicacy. Two articles that look at overfishing and the popularity of fish in Japan. (Depletion of fish stocks, conservation, eating seafood, survey, scanning, true or false, prepositions, brainstorming, first conditional.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Fat Jab
A vaccine that slows down a key hunger hormone kept rats from gaining weight, even when they overate. (Obesity, dieting, comprehension, matching words and meanings, completing a diagram, completing a food pyramid, quantifiers and uncountable nouns.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Drug trends changing
More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends. (Drugs and alcohol use, young people peer pressure, discussion, reading for factual information, giving an opinion, problem solving, should and modal verbs, giving advice).
Intermediate
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On with biotech crops?
As the GM crops industry celebrates its 10th anniversary, the early promises of biotech crops remain largely unrealized, and many countries have banned the technology amid concerns about health and the environment. (An overview of the first decade of GM crops, business, discussion, predicting from a headline, comprehension.)
Advanced
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Food For Stairs
People who eat fruit, vegetables and dairy foods may not have problems with walking or climbing stairs when they are old. (Healthy diets, foods, old age, mobility, discussion, true or false, comprehension, possessive adjectives, questionnaire.)
Elementary
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A Healthy Diet?
A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent heart disease and strokes, says a large study from Spain. (Healthy diets, food vocabulary, reading for the main idea, scanning, true or false, crossword puzzle, What Is It?, countable and uncountable nouns game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Coffee - A Complex Brew
Angela Holder does not swallow her coffee at work. In scenes redolent of a wine-tasting session, she slurps it, swishes it around her mouth and noisily spits it out. She 'cups' coffee. (Coffee tasting, coffee market, coffee, Make a choice Game, coffee knowledge quiz, reading for the main idea, multiple choice questions, reading about a process, Talking about coffee or tea Game, descriptive writing, finishing an ad.)
Advanced
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Healthy Tea
A tea lover has released a book on throwing tea parties. A study of over 3,400 adults in Saudi Arabia - a country of tea-lovers - found that people who drank more than 6 cups of tea per day had a more than 50% lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to tea abstainers. (Benefits of drinking tea, survey, true or false, meanings in context, completing information, headlines, role play.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Fishy Milk?
Some landlocked Canadian cows are enjoying a little seafood with their hay and grain so they can produce a new kind of milk being touted for its benefits for the brain, eyes and nerves. (Modified foods, diet, fish, nutrition, discussion, comprehension, meanings in context, true or false, prepositions, design a poster, dialogue build.)
Intermediate
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Urban Oz Insects
Millions of giant moths swoop down on Australian cities each spring. Called bogongs, they like the big city lights, where they flutter into high-rise offices, drown in bowls of soup, pester bus drivers, even freeze to death in refrigerators. (Insects, pests, sorting words, finding the main idea, true or false, complete the table, meanings in context, verbs: active or passive voice, present simple or past simple tense, dialogue building, peer dictation, crossword.)
Intermediate
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Breakfast Study
A new study suggests young adults may be less attentive in school when they skip breakfast. (Nutrition, importance of breakfast, nutritional needs of boys and girls, survey, understanding the main idea, matching sentence beginnings and endings, multiple choice questions, pairwork - talking about meals and performance in tests, sharing information game, frequency adverbs, countable and uncountable nouns and expressons of quantity.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Binge Drinkers
Researchers say that more Americans are getting drunk each year. (Binge drinking, negative effects of drinking too much, finding the main idea, predicting, comprehension, discussion, reference words, likely to, crossword, project work.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Pregnant Advice
Children of women who drank while pregnant show the effects as long as 14 years later in the form of stunted growth, US researchers said. (Effects of alcohol on physical development of fetuses, brainstorming, predicting from a headline, matching information, true or false, scanning, complete the sentences, role play, summarizing.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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The Fuss About Fugu
One of Japan's most famous fish dinners could be a date with death. A meal of fugu, a poisonous blowfish, is famous throughout Japan. (Unusual meals, Japanese restaurants, scanning, matching information, true, false or not given, text organization, interviews, discussion, role play and word forms.)
Advanced
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Europeans Get Slim
Guilt-ridden Europeans hoping to squeeze themselves into last year's swimsuits will spend a total of 96 billion euros (US$90.1 billion) annually on dieting products by 2006. (Dieting, scanning, true, false and not mentioned, summarizing, linking words: although, but, despite.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Biological Bad Luck
Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers. Another study sees lifestyle during the first 20 years of life is a more important factor than one's origin when defining the risk of cancer. (Lifestyle, genes, true or false, cause and effect language, writing a pamphlet, debating.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Longer Life
If you want to live to a healthy old age, head for Japan. The Japanese have the healthiest life expectancy among 191 countries in the world. (The World Health Organization (WHO), diet, life expectancy, international rankings, adjectives, superlatives.)
Intermediate
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Caged In
A popular Indian film actor crammed himself into a tiny cage and asked for compassion for chickens as part of a "Compassion, Not Cages - Go Veg!" campaign by an international animal rights group. (Animal rights, vegetarians, protest, farming, 'so' linking two clauses.)
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Yummy Fish
It's a stressful job, living in a fish tank and waiting to be cooked. But a Greek university is making progress in getting fish to relax. According to research, relaxed fish taste better. ('For' and 'when' - when something happened and how long - past simple and present perfect, listening)
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Turkeys Galore
Each Thanksgiving, Americans eat about 535 million pounds of turkey, and a turkey-cooking hotline gives advice to people with problems a trucker who needed to know how long to cook a turkey on the engine of his truck, and a Kentucky woman who panicked when her tiny chihuahua jumped inside a turkey carcass and couldn't get out. (Thanksgiving, holidays and festivals, synonyms, apostrophes, use of 'although' and 'even though'.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Purple Ketchup in Bid for Kids
Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. is making purple ketchup to appeal to children. (Business, colors, the passive.)
Pre-Intermediate
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T V Dinners
Children who eat lunch when they are watching TV take in more calories and children in families who usually watch television during meals eat less fruit and fewer vegetables. They also eat more pizza, snack food and caffeine-laced drinks. (TV watching, food, diet, children, family, health.)
Elementary
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Say Cheese
Americans love cheese, but their hearts don't love them for it. (Diet, health, the USA, gerunds)
Intermediate
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Old Advice
Natural, simple foods, lots of greens, fish fresh from the sea and lots of plain water are the secrets to living a long life according to the two people in this lesson. A woman in Ireland who is 105 years old, and the oldest person (107) ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen. (health, old age, 'future perfect', 'after + ing')
Pre-Intermediate
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Fast Food
France's agriculture minister said on Friday he was battling to stop fast food from spreading all over the world. (Fast food, cultural imperialism, adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Standard Christmas
Now you have to be the right shape to be Santa and even a tree!!!(Santa, Christmas trees, jobs, agreements, singular and plural nouns)
Intermediate
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