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Portions Newsletter English/Spanish (100 pack)

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The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Producer:The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Date Produced:2011
  • Newsletter
  • 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
  • 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.
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


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material incorporates and uses some concepts in MyPlate or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material is organized but not all major points are easily identified.

It is not clear what is meant by “counting our foods out AHEAD OF TIME” in the introductory paragraph. It is stated more clearly in Step #1 of Count It Out where it says “count your foods before you put them on your plate”.
E. Accuracy
Information contains minor inaccuracies.

Calling them portions rather than foods would have been more accurate.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Assumes that reader recognizes organs depicted by cartoon characters. Without knowing the whole series the average reader would not realize Pepto is a stomach.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
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.
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.

Not dated.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.

Illustrated cartoon characters rather than people; Newsletter is two-sided providing both English and Spanish versions.
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.

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

Need clarity on difference between “full” and “satisfied and comfortable”._
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 is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

Identification of food group under food pictures could be in larger font and color coded to match My Plate.
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 was not assessed.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Colorful and informative; addresses important concept.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The material would be better if it explained the terms “full” vs. “satisfied and comfortable”; Also see comments above re: need for additional visual cues for portion sizes and use of the term “count your foods”. A child might interpret this as count the number of carrots on my plate. “Measure your portion size using the visual cues” would be more accurate.
C. General Comments
I was not able to review the Spanish side for accuracy.
D. Overall Summary
Visually appealing; Message comes across, however could be unclear to some readers.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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