About the Course


In this course, students learn about the five food groups and how eating healthy foods contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle. Students also learn about the digestive system and how, through eating healthy foods, they can keep their digestive system healthy.

This course is appropriate for students aged 6-9.

In this course, students will:

  • learn the names of the five food groups
  • sort foods into the five food groups
  • learn how each group contributes to health
  • plan and cook a meal that incorporates the five food groups
  • test themselves as "food adventurers" and challenge themselves to try new foods
  • trace their food as it passes through the digestive system
  • conduct an experiment related to the digestive system


Dr. Deena Amiry

Dr. Deena Amiry earned her B.S. from Georgetown University with a certificate in education and a medal for outstanding achievement in student teaching. She earned her Masters’ degree from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance Languages, where she served as a lecturer of French language and literature. Dr. Amiry worked in several private schools in the United States, including the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. At Dalton, alongside teaching responsibilities, Dr. Amiry served as Dean of the 9th grade and department chair of middle and high school foreign languages.

In Egypt, Dr. Deena Amiry co-founded and headed the International School of Egypt in New Cairo in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Deena moved on and founded the Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE) microschool, an educational program for children ages 3-18 that aims to provide students with an education that prepares them for the 21st century. In 2019, alongside ACT’s founding team, Dr. Deena brought YSE under ACT’s umbrella to create a network of connected microschools.

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Healthy Eating and the Digestive System

What We Put in Our Mouths Matters!