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About MyPlate Every Day Blog

Producer:Food and Health Communications, Inc.
Date Produced:2014
Format(s):
  • Game
  • Curriculum
  • Web Site
  • Web Training
  • Educational Campaign
  • Newsletter
  • Article
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
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Pregnant/ Lactating Women
  • Child Care Providers
Topic(s):
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
Description:Mission: Supporting the education of MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for nutrition educators. The blog explores reader questions, news, studies, and many topics that are relevant for nutrition educators so they may be up to date and innovative with their approach to teaching MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Authors include Registered Dietitians, Chefs, and Family and Consumer Science experts.
Free?Yes
Web Site:http://foodandhealth.com/category/nutritionmyplate/


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:
A wide variety of materials suitable for various audiences are available. Essential information is presented in ways that stimulate interest.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

Comments:
There are a number of main topics (e.g., Cooking 101, Food and Health, Food Shopping, Fun for Kids, and MyPlate) that the viewer can “click on” to be taken to more detailed information. Each article is clearly labeled for ease of navigation.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Comments:
Website is easy to navigate; well organized.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Comments:
Information contains accurate and up-to-date information. For example, under the category “Articles in food shopping”, there is a link called “Nutrition label getting an update” which shows the proposed new food label.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

Comments:
Material is written in a “user-friendly” fashion and does not assume that the reader has background information. For example, under the category “Articles in food and health” is a link called “Blood Pressure Quiz” which assumes that the reader does not have basic information about blood pressure.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
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.

Comments:
There are quizzes, handouts, recipes, infographics, posters, and a link to resources that can be purchased or downloaded for free.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

Comments:
There were no brand name promotions or mention of any specific sponsors in the materials reviewed.
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.

Comments:
Did not see anything relating to learning objectives, lesson plans, or evaluation. The web site does contain a lot of materials that can be used for instructional purposes.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Comments:
There are over 1000 free recipes on this website, categorized by “mains; drinks, appetizers, entrees, salads, favorites, desserts, cooking demos and soups).
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for some of the nutrients listed on the nutrition label. If for a low-income audience, some cost information is included.

Comments:
Recipes also contain allergen information.
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
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

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

Comments:
Does not appear to have any information that favors/disfavors any one cultural group.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns

Comments:
3

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.
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.

Comments:
Good layout; easy to read and follow.
F. Visual Quality

Comments:
N/A
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.

Comments:
Ran a few blogs through MS word to find reading level; blog appears to be written at a fairly high level-between 7th and 9th grade.


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.

Comments:
Easy to read font size.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Comments:
Very easy to navigate website.


Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The blog contains up-to-date, relevant information for nutrition educators; there is a good mix of information provided, as well as the opportunity to order additional resources. One of the highlights of this website is the large collection of free recipes, each of which comes with a nutrition analysis.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
This website is an excellent resource for educators who want to keep up to date with information, and who want to custom-create their own newsletters. The site features over 600 educational products for health and nutrition professionals. Digital products can be downloaded immediately.


Reviewer Rating
Any opinions expressed about any resource in this web site (either expressly or implied) are solely and completely the responsibility of the reviewer and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Highly Recommended

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