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The bSAFE bFIT! Program for kids

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bSAFE bFIT!, Inc.
Producer:bSAFE bFIT!, Inc.
Date Produced:August 2006
  • DVD
  • CD-ROM
  • Brochure
  • Poster
  • Curriculum
  • Web Site
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sodium and Potassium
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:The bSAFE bFIT! Program for kids is an innovative children’s educational fitness program that focuses on physical activity and nutrition education. The program uses 55 fun food characters called Fitness Pals that illustrate physical activity and emphasize the importance of both physical activity and nutrition. The program is based on the five health-related physical fitness components: Body Composition, Strength, Aerobic Fitness, Flexibility, and Endurance. An acronym and acrostic sentence is used to help children retain components. The first letter of each component is used to spell “bSAFE”. The acrostic sentence is constructed using the acronym “bSAFE”-"b"odies "S"taying “A”ctive “F”eel “E”nergetic.

The bSAFE bFIT! tools include:
1.Fitness Pal Posters--five 18 x 24” colorful posters
2.bSAFE bFIT! Manual with Lesson Plans--ages 2 through age 12, grouped appropriately by age
3.Fitness Pal Activity Cards--55 cards
4.“Move n’ with Fitness Pals” CD--10 fun and active exercise routines with Fitness Pals
5.bSAFE bFIT! Instructor DVD

Cost:All educational tools $119
Ordering Info:bSAFE bFIT!, Inc. 33791 150th Street Le Mars, IA 51031
Web Site:www.bsafebfit.com
Comments:Can place orders on line, mail in orders, or fax orders


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Creative use of MyPyramid concepts!
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

Some of the nutrition concepts may be a bit too advanced for the youngest range of the target audience, so the teacher would need to adapt appropriately.
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 assumes that reader has some background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
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.
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.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

I would like to see more references related to nutrition education for children.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

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

There is some mention of multi-cultural aspects but not in all lessons.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.
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.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Most words used are appropriate for intended audience. Some unidentified technical terms are used.

Instructor would need to do some adaptations for the youngest range of the target audience.
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.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are adequate but do not stimulate interest.

The posters are very attractive. In some cases the lessons are a bit crowded but readable.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

It may be helpful to print on a heavier-stock paper.
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.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing do not detract from the presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This resource is easy to use and introduces and reinforces important points of MyPyramid using fun characters, "Fitness Pals." The resource includes multiple lessons. Children will find the music and characters on the posters and cards appealing. Teachers will appreciate the wide variety of materials available in a ready-to-use format and the DVD with assistance for instructors.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
There was some variation in the format from lesson to lesson. Some of the activities and nutrition concepts may be a bit difficult for the youngest range of the target audience. I would like to see more emphasis on how to evaluate the effectiveness of the lesson plans and activities.
C. General Comments
Teachers will find this to be an appealing addition for classroom use. The materials target a broad age group, so the teachers may need to adapt the content based on the age of the children they are teaching.
D. Overall Summary
This set of lessons provides fun activities and interesting characters to get kids moving and thinking about nutrition concepts.

Reviewer Rating
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