IHOP is committed to helping students make healthy choices – with food, exercise and life. IHOP has sponsored this education initiative to that end – to provide resources teachers can use to help students explore their choices while using proven reading strategies to enhance academic skills.


Teachers, this is how the program works:

  • Select a USA TODAY healthy living article from the article library.
  • Then, have students read through the article using one of the two “grab-and-go” reading graphic-organizer based lessons.
  • Finally, to provide you with formative assessment on your students’ growth in reading skills, administer one of the mini-assessments.
  • Feel free to use the lessons over and over again with other content in your classroom or with another health living article from the USA TODAY article library.



Analyzing a text

Making predictions



Schools take steps to give kids more fruits, veggies

Assessment Questions:

1. Another headline for this article could be
A. Redecoration of schools cafeterias.
B. Cool Caf, a more nutritious concept.
C. Aramark, one of the nation’s largest school cafeteria operators.
D. Fight against obesity.
2. What is the author’s main purpose in writing this article?
A. To persuade the reader to eat fruits and veggies.
B. To explain how Aramark makes business.
C. To illustrate the efforts made to control and prevent obesity in children.
D. To describe school cafeteria serving areas.
3. What is the nutritionists’ opinion regarding this program?
A. Cool Caf is a total innovation.
B. Obese people will benefit from this program.
C. This program will solve the problem with school lunches.
D. This program has two steps.
4. Supposing that the Cool Caf program gets to be extended to every school, it can be expected that
A. childhood obesity will decrease.
B. childhood obesity will increase.
C. childhood obesity will stay at 16.3% of children ages 2 to 9.
D. childhood obesity will continue to be a growing worry.
5. The overall purpose of this school-lunch program is
A. to offer kids a more nutritious lunchtime.
B. to offer kids fruits and veggies in their lunchtime.
C. to increase the school lunch rations.
D. to create more snowballs in the future.
6. Nutritionist Cynthia Lair believes that
A. a solution for childhood obesity has been found.
B. there is nothing more to be done.
C. there is a lot more to be done.
D. cheap meat and white flour entrees should stay in school lunches.

Prep athletes get anti-steroid message

Assessment Questions:

1. Why have hundreds of high school coaches across the nation shown their players a video on the ills of steroids?
A. Steroids are powerful tools for young athletes.
B. Steroids can destroy athletes’ careers.
C. Steroids have been found in athletes.
D. Steroids are a serious problem for some sports and female athletes.
2. Read the following sentence from the story.
“You need to be constantly drilling it into their heads,” Hughes says. Coach Hughes means that
A. The message should be repeated many times.
B. Athletes should have holes opened in their heads.
C. Coaches need to train their athletes constantly.
D. The message should be tattooed in the athletes’ head.
3. Why are the Atlas and Athena programs considered to be successful?
A. Both programs were created by Linn Goldberg and Diane Elliot.
B. Barry Bonds and Marion Jones participated in the programs.
C. Each program consists of several 45-minute interactive sessions.
D. These programs change knowledge and attitudes of student-athletes.
4. How have the Atlas and Athena programs affected student-athletes?
A. Better nutrition and less use of steroids and other drugs.
B. Increased participation in the inter-school competitions.
C. More use of steroids among teenagers nationwide.
D. More students will be educated by these programs.
5. Why do they want to expand the Atlas and Athena programs to more student-athletes?
A. Some high school seniors used steroids in 2007.
B. Demonte Queen eats better now and stays away from steroids.
C. The program has given very good results among school athletes.
D. 36,000 students will be educated through both programs.
6. Why should minors consult with a physician before taking any sports supplements?
A. Supplements may contain elements that are harmful and not approved by the sports authorities.
B. Physicians should use only the products that have been tested and certified.
C. Ed Wyszumiala is the manager of the dietary supplement programs for NSF International.
D. Atlas and Athena dissuade teens from using sports supplements.