Future Start

Welcome to the Food section titled: Choices and Change, Shopping and Cooking on a Budget. All the information and workshops in this section was researched and developed by Ciel Billings, Angela White, and Caitlyn Refuse. The video was created by Picnic Studios.

The following lesson plan and all the materials can be downloaded for printing and sharing. Please credit HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and the Lunenburg District Office of Community Services, Nova Scotia when using the materials. If you use these materials please let us know so we can track where they are being used. If you have any suggestions for changes please let us know.

Future Start Lesson Plan: Choices and Change

Session Topic: Shopping for groceries on a budget and the energy food provides


  • To provide information on the energy differences that will be provided from whole meals and fast foods
  • To provide tips on ways to eat more healthy
  • To provide tips for shopping on a budget
  • To provide some recipes for light lunches

Approximate Time:

  • 30-minutes total
    • 10-minute video and introduction
    • 5-minute discusion 3 times throughout
    • 5-minute wrap-up (note: this time will vary depending on the engagement of the group)

Materials, Props and Technology:

  • Healthy snacks in center of the group
  • Projector, laptop, screen
  • Download video from FutureStart.ca
  • Print off line cards and recipe cards
  • Print of lesson plan
  • Flip chart discussion questions
  • Preview video to familiarize yourself with the content and when to pause

Room set up:

  • Horseshoe of chairs facing screen

Workshop Details and Script:

  1. Introduce yourself and the session briefly: This video is about how we perceive the energy boost certain foods give, as well as some tips about cooking on a budget, and wholesome light lunches to prepare.
  2. Ask participants to say their name and answer an introduction question, What is your “comfort food”?
  3. Explain that the video will be cheesy to reduce negative impact of the fact it is cheesy.
  4. Point out that you will pause the video several times for a group discussion.
  5. Play video and pause at “time for a chat” and ask the following questions:
    1. What sort of things have you noticed in the video so far?
      1. What did you observe about the conversation between Angela and Caitlyn?
    2. How much money do you think the average person spends on fast food per month?
      Discuss and provide answer: Average American spends $1200/month
    3. What do you think are the short term and long term effects that eating fast food has on your mental and physical health?
  6. Resume video to the end of the cooking scene “Choices and Change” (minute 6:00), pause and ask the following questions:
    1. What do you find is the biggest challenge about eating healthy?
    2. Time is often a factor when cooking wholesome meals, what might you be able to do to maximize your time in the kitchen and to make the most out of your budget?
    3. How often do you look for bargains and sales when shopping?
  7. Continue video, play to the end of the last scene “Lets Have a Chat”, ask if they notice the person at the back table with low energy. Ask the following questions:
    1. How do you think fast food affects your energy?
    2. Why do you think wholesome meals give you more, longer lasting energy?
    3. After watching this video, is there something about food and or energy that you want to learn more about?
  8. Thank you, here are some handouts with some additional information:
    Pass out line cards and recipe cards to take home which provide tips and resources that save time and money when buying and cooking food.
  9. Wrap up with a closing asking everyone to think about the video and read the information provided for additional info and ask if there are any questions or closing pdf thoughts (287 KB) .