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MyPlate Nutrition Cards

Producer:Nutrition Matters, Inc.
Date Produced:2011
  • Brochure
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Sodium and Potassium
Description:These nutrition education cards have friendly, easy to understand information that families can implement. One pack of the MyPlate cards in English: Steps to a Healthy Plate, Fruits and Vegetables, Whole Grains, Skim or 1% Milk, Protein Foods, Enjoy your Food, Less Sodium, Drink Water, Foods less Often and Family Meals - total of 10 packs. Each subject comes in a pack of 100 cards. Each card is 3 7/8" x 9" and will fit into a WIC folder, #10 envelope or display case.
Language:Also available in Spanish.
Cost:$110 for 100 copies of each card in the set.
Ordering Info:Order online at http://www.numatters.com.
Web Site:http://www.numatters.com


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

Every nutrition card uses MyPlate logo and key messages from MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Appropriate for a target audience with at least a 6-7th grade reading level.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

The purpose is stated on the top of each card. Some of the titles are rather wordy.
D. Organization
Material is organized but not all major points are easily identified.

Each card is organized; however, the cards sometimes include repetitive points.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Accurate information is included on all cards.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Some cards include topics that may need background information such as “processed meats.”
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Not applicable.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

No indication of sponsor bias or promotion.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

There are recipes on three out of ten nutrition cards.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

All cards include MyPlate as a visual; however, there are no other credits or references 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 emphasizes 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.

A positive approach is used in writing this material.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.

The vocabulary is appropriate for most target audiences.
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.

There are minimal illustrations used in this material. The illustrations used clearly relate to the text on the pages.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout are distracting; too much print on the page.

Each card is packed with information; however, there is little white space and the amount of information seems overwhelming.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

Very good quality paper used for the cards. However, some of the text is more difficult to read because each page is crowded with text.
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.

This reading level is appropriate for certain target audiences.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
These nutrition cards are on good quality paper and clearly convey the MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Text could be more concise on each card to help identify the clear message of each card's topic. On some of the cards the same concepts are repeated.
C. General Comments
Good material but may not be appropriate for a low literacy audience due to the crowded information on each nutrition card.
D. Overall Summary

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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