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Seniors Taking Charge of Diabetes!

Producer:The University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition, and Georgia DHR - Division of Aging Services
Date Produced:December 2005
  • Fact Sheet
  • Game
  • Curriculum
  • Web Site
  • Educational Campaign
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Diabetes
Description:The curriculum provides 8 lessons on Diabetes. Each lesson includes a script, handouts, and activities for a 15-20 minute lesson. Details for implementation are included.
Cost:No cost; acknowledgement of sponsoring agencies requested.
Ordering Info:Available online.
Web Site:http://livewellagewell.info/study/materials.htm


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

Material also uses information from American Hear Association, ADA and American Stroke Assoc.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Combines nutriion , health and physical activity with recipes and Bingo activity in all lessons.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Very well organized -- may appear somewhat repetitive but would allow different people to teach each lesson and all have a similiar approach due to the organization and detail of the materials.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Very well researched and presented. I found no errors. Concpets are presented at the right level for the audience.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Minimal, this is not a barrier or an issue.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

This is community intervention and it will be very interesting to see the results.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools

Materials assume use of a pedometer or step counter and include very clever and colorful bingo cards with nutrition and physical activity themes.
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 three or four of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Both recipes and menus for meal planning are included.
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.

Kcal, macro nutrients, saturated fat and gm of protein are included
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with some suggestions for enhancing the teaching process.

Each lesson follows the same format.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.

Excellent job of bringing together materials from quality sources.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Online package did not include the pre and post tests, but did discuss how they would be administered.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.

The teaching materials are very factual and the illustrations are more in the cartoon style so cultural sensitivity is somewhat avoided.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material does not address a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Material is tailored to seniors. It emphasizes variety and points out healthy choices, but is more culturally neutral.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.

Handouts are well done for the audience -- large enough time and clear presentation.
B. Writing Approach
Material is easy to read but does not personally involve the reader. Limited use of negative wording (e.g., “Don't eat”). 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
Illustrations are related to the material in some way. Most tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. In most tables and graphs, information 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

Not applicable
G. Headings/Cueing Devices

Not applicable
H. Approximate Reading Level

Handouts are at 6th, instructor materials are at higher level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This is an excellent curriculum addressing important health issues for seniors -- diabetes and heart disease. It presents health and lifestyle information in a positive manner with good handouts. Recipes are included and a colorful, clever bingo game.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The format is exactly the same across the 8 lessons, some different activities would relieve instructor boredom.
C. General Comments
A very good product. It brings together key health and nutrition messages for seniors and packages them nicely.
D. Overall Summary
A good product for the intended audience and delivery process.

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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