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Make Your Plate Great Handouts

Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:3/15/2012
  • Fact Sheet
  • 11" x 17" Handout
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • 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)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:A healthy plate begins by including foods from all food groups. Discover the best food choices to "make your plate great" with this colorful, over-sized tear-off tablet perfect for handouts or disposable placemats. The front side of the tablet features the food groups and a message to include physical activity every day. The backside features easy tips and ideas to incorporate a variety of foods from each food group into meals and snacks. Use as a disposable placemat at mealtime or giveaways to reinforce the nutrition and health messages of MyPlate. 11" x 17", 50 sheets 2-sided
Ordering Info:www.learningzonexpress.com or toll free 888.455.7003
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com


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

Has creative pictures of food for each section of the plate. On the back it has food selection choices for each food group that are common foods which most families would purchase or have in the house. Also, easy to make foods for mom, dad, or child.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Target audience not included, but it seems like it could be used with upper elementary, middle, and high school students and parents. Would be a great meal planning tool when working with families and youth to start a conversation and brainstorm healthy options.
C. Purpose
Purpose stated in title or introduction is vague.

There is a purpose listed, but could be confusing. Make your plate great with MyPlate. Does that mean consumers need a plate with the dividers to make it great? It is understood that the MyPlate concepts are what make the food choices great, but it is unclear if it is always interpreted that way.
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.

The material assumes that the consumer knows MyPlate is a way to help you select the kinds of foods in a variety and proportion that are healthy choices.
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.
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)
No recipes are included.

There are not recipes, but there are food combination suggestions.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
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.

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
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.

Nice colorful pictures and the foods look appetizing. The resource used common foods, but does not include some cultural foods.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.
F. Visual Quality

Really depends on how it is used. On lightweight 20# paper. If used with older elementary or middle school students, it may not hold up. It is a large piece of paper and says it can be used for a placemat on the developer's website. It would probably be best on a heavier piece of 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.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Colorful, eye catching and some good ideas for adding foods to your diet.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
There is nothing mentioned about portion size, or why it is important to use the recommendations on the handout. At the bottom there is a section about physical activity and seemed like an add on.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary

Reviewer Rating
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