How many calories do you think you need to eat a day? On average, an adult man needs about 2,500 calories a day, an average adult woman 2,000 calories a day, and an eight-year-old child about 1,700 calories a day. On a polar expedition, especially if you are dragging a sledge with all your supplies and equipment, you would need to be eating about 6,500 calories per day. Even then, you may still lose weight. For this activity, you will need to design a menu for one day on a polar expedition.
Remember that if you are going on a long expedition, you may need to carry 100kg of food. When you are designing your polar menu, you will need to take the following criteria into account:
Planning a menu for a day on a polar expedition is very different from planning a menu for staying healthy in everyday life.
If you would like to extend the learning in this activity, try the full lesson, How do you eat like an Arctic Explorer?, where there is also a full slideshow that can help to think through weight and calories from different foods.
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Cross-curricular | Ages 7-11
Based on journeys undertaken by real explorers and scientists, the Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is designed to introduce students to what life is like in the High Arctic.