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Kidnetic.com Leader’s Guide

Producer:International Food Information Council Foundation
Date Produced:August 2006
  • Curriculum
  • Web Site
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Educators, Community Leaders
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Calories
  • Food Advertising and Marketing; Role Modeling for Parents;
Description:The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is proud to present the new Leader’s Guide: Healthy Eating & Active Living: Ideas and Activities for Kids & Families. The Leader’s Guide is based on the content of Kidnetic.com, a popular children’s Web site that promotes fun and smart ways of healthful eating and physical activity opportunities among 9 to 12-year-old kids.

The Leader’s Guide is a 13-module curriculum organized under the general headings of Food, Family, Fun, Fitness, and Feelings. These expert-evaluated modules can be used in a variety of settings including after-school programs, classrooms, and camps. As a result of numerous pilot programs in 2004-2005, the IFIC Foundation launched an updated version of the Leader’s Guide in 2006, containing the following new features:
• Updated nutrition modules to reflect the USDA’s MyPyramid for Kids
• Lots of hands-on activities to reinforce healthful eating and physical activity habits
• Easy-to-make, healthful snack suggestions
• Energizing activities to get kids up and moving at the beginning of each lesson
• Ideas and activities to engage parents and the entire family

Cost:$49.95 (includes shipping and handling)
Ordering Info:Downloadable; Order forms for hard copies available
Web Site:www.ific.org/kidnetic


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

The Leader's Guide and Activity sheets will be very appealing to teachers and children. The information is at the appropriate level. Teachers with little nutrition background will be able to pick up the piece and readily use it.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

The lessons make it clear that you don't have to be a dietitian or teacher to do these lessons, so that would put potential educators at ease.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

It was hard to determine if the objectives would be fully met for each lesson, other than the surveys which probably are done later.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

Teachers have several options for creative activities, although it would be helpful to have approximate time needed to do the activities.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes five or more of the above.

These lessons are very complete.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The recipes are easy to make, written in kid-friendly language and include nutrition information. To reinforce Nutrition Facts label reading ability, it would be good to include the nutrition information in label format.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for some of the nutrients listed on the nutrition label. If for a low-income audience, some cost information is included.

I would recommend re-analyzing the recipes to include trans fat information.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with some suggestions for enhancing the teaching process.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

A. Role Models
Does not include negative stereotypes but fails to consider role models in nontraditional roles.

The authors might consider including more illustrations and use of positive role models on the handouts.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.

Diversity was shown on the cover and on the poster from MyPyramid.gov; overall, there are few pictures used in the handouts.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material reflects, but does not emphasize, a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.

The text is easy to follow. If I were teaching it for the first time, I would like to see information about the timing.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.

It's written in a fun, engaging manner.
D. Supportive Illustrations
Illustrations are related to the material in some way. Most tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. In most tables and graphs, information is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.

I think graphics and larger fonts might make the handout pieces more user-friendly and appealing to children and families.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are adequate but do not stimulate interest.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

I printed it from the Web, and I'm not sure how this will be reproduced and distributed.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.

The stopwatch graphic and light bulb graphic were good visual cues.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This is an appealing and needed resource with the dissemination of MyPyramid. Teachers will find it to be a useful resource they can pick up and use without a lot of preparation. Students will be engaged by the creative approach.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Overall, I'd like to see more "white space" in the graphic design. There was a lot of information presented. Giving the words some breathing space might make it easier to both teach from and use. Additional use of graphics, such as role model kids from diverse backgrounds eating healthy foods and getting activity, might enhance the appearance. It would be helpful to have the evaluation explained at the beginning and throughout, since most educators need this information to communicate outcomes.
C. General Comments
The lessons are easy to follow and provide a variety of activities. The lessons state that they take 30 to 60 minutes to complete, but I'd like to see approximate times needed for the various activities.
D. Overall Summary
The Kidnetics Leader's Guide is an easy-to-use resource for use by educators in a variety of settings. It includes creative activities that will keep both the teachers and students engaged in learning.

Reviewer Rating
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