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Eat Smart. Play Hard. "Connections"

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New Mexico State University ICAN FSNE Program
Producer:New Mexico State University ICAN FSNE Program
Date Produced:FY03 - Pilot , FY04, FY05 Revised
  • CD-ROM
  • Fact Sheet
  • Brochure
  • Flyer
  • Game
  • Poster
  • Curriculum
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Educational Campaign
  • Newsletter
  • Article
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:Eat Smart. Play Hard. "Connections" expands youth nutrition programming by exploring and highlighting effective and innovative strategies for educational program delivery. A "connection" between Extension, FCS departments, FCCLA chapters, and Third Grade classes provides nutriton education for various ages, using the new USDA's Eat Smart. Play Hard. campaign materials.
Ordering Info:Linda Wells, ICAN Program Coordinator NMSU P. O. Box 30003, MSC 3AE Las Cruces, NM 88003 liwells@nmsu.edu


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

Most of the materials used come from the PowerPanther and Eat Smart, Play Hard program.
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

The scope of the lessons is appropriate, but some of the materials included in the packet are inserts from something else, different format, and not well designed for 3rd grade students.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material is organized but not all major points are easily identified.

Packet of materials is more like a grant proposal, and includes a lot of state-specific qualifications with acronyms and abbreviations not spelled out.
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.

Assumes that teachers (classroom or Extension) have nutrition background. Nothing in packet about the training for student nutrition aides, only 3rd grade classes.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

Objectives of the program as presented last year seem to have been met. However some of the 'performance measures' were not measurable as presented in the packet.
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.

But it seems there's an awful lot being packed into a limited class time, I wonder if it can really be accomplished as written. And the lesson on activity had more paper and pencil time than active moving time.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

Only promoting MyPyramid and Eat Smart, Play Hard programs.
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.

Lists sources of materials, good inclusion of evaluation forms, invitation letters, etc., although the student evaluations seemed pretty involved for 3rd grade, small writing space, etc. There are simpler ways to do that.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Could specify low fat cream cheese, low fat ham, etc. more explicitly.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.

Not necessary for this project.
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
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
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.

Some Hispanic foods mentioned, not much African-American noticed.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear, but sequence of information may not flow smoothly in all sections.

It seems more like a grant proposal and report than a curriculum at places. There are multiple spelling and punctuation errors throughout the text.
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.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.

Illustrations are only as copies of Power Panther materials, a few others as copies of other handout material. I couldn't figure out what the symbols on the "Favorite Things to Do" sheet were supposed to mean!
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are adequate but do not stimulate interest.

Design of Power Panther materials is fine, I'm familiar with them. Little design is included in rest of materials.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

Power Panther materials are fine. And most of the classroom materials are good. Some of the beginning materials (that seem to be a grant justification) are not easily readable, small text, etc.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Topic headings are not clear and/or are provided for most but not all topic areas. Limited or no cueing devices included.

Headings used, but not boxes, shading, etc. Page breaks are uneven.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 9th grade level or above.

Text of this packet is intended for teachers, not students. Student material included is mostly at appropriate reading level, some seems high for 3rd grade.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The overall design of the project is excellent. Inclusion of sample invitation letters & evaluation forms is very helpful. Class supply lists are excellent. Some class activities are very cute ideas, some could easily be improved.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Basic editing. More activity in activity class. More uniformity of materials. More specifics about training provided to student nutrition aides. Other recipes. Simplify evaluation forms for students. Improved layout design would make it more readable.
C. General Comments
Good ideas, obviously a lot of organizing went into making this program work, but more could be done with organizing the materials. The nutrition information is all solid, no problems there.
D. Overall Summary
I can certainly see this as a good idea plan for a series of classes, but it's not complete. Someone could not simply take this and use it as is without a lot more work.

Reviewer Rating
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