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Review of:

Portions Newsletter English/Spanish (100 pack)


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The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Producer:The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Date Produced:2011
Format(s):
  • Newsletter
Audience(s):
  • 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
  • Child Care Providers
Topic(s):
  • General Nutrition
  • Health at Every Size
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
Description:This colorful, thematic newsletter contains practical information that helps both adults and children understand the importance of portion control. The newsletter has one side in English and one side in Spanish and comes in packs of 100, ready for distribution.
Language:Spanish
Cost:$20
Free?No
Ordering Info:Order online at the website link below or call us at 800-786-1730.
Web Site:http://organwiseguys.com/shop/myplate-items/portions-newsletter-english-spanish.html


Content

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.

Comments:
The material is a bit confusing as a stand alone piece with the use of “poor Pepto”; the material assumes the reader knows the character “Pepto”. It is recommended that the material read “poor Pepto, the stomach”.
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.

Comments:
Recommend that the material gives additional serving size recommendations. Only gives three simple size guidelines but does not discuss how many servings are needed from the food groups.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

Comments:
The material is vague on how to “count” foods but rather discusses how to eat until satisfied not full.
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.
Material includes fewer than three of the above.

Comments:
Link to website is useful!
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
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.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

Comments:
No dates included on resource.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

Diversity
A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.

Comments:
Use of organ characters is a positive and good idea as all human have organs.
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, but sequence of information may not flow smoothly in all sections.

Comments:
Ideas and messages are clear; however, they can be organized more effectively. Rather than a large paragraph, perhaps break information into bullet points. On the second half it is recommended that messages are written more clearly on how to count out food and more appropriate serving size recommendations that represent each food group.
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.

Comments:
As mentioned previously, Pepto must be identified as it assumes that the reader knows this character. Since Sir Rebrum is identified so should Pepto.
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.
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
Paper weight used is heavy enough so that print from one side cannot be seen on the other side. Text is written in a font size that is easy to read, and the main body is not written in capital letters.
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.


Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.


Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The message of portion control on this newsletter is useful information and delivered in a fun way. Quality printing.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Information can be organized more effectively and “wordiness” should be minimized. Also the character Pepto must be identified as being the stomach so a reader can follow the message more effectively. Additional serving size examples should be given to cover all food groups.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
Overall this resource is functional. It seems as though the user may need to use additional tools from The OrganWise Guys as this material would not work as a standalone piece. It is recommended but with reservations that other materials from same company should also be used to strengthen the message.


Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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