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Fruit and Vegetable Express Bites

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University of Wisconsin at Madison
Producer:University of Wisconsin at Madison
Date Produced:2005
  • Web Site
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Eating Patterns
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
Description:This web site is designed specifically for young adults who may want to change their eating habits. The eating habit focused on is eating at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables each day for women and 6 cups for men, assuming a moderate level of activity.
Ordering Info:n/a
Web Site:www.nutrisci.wisc.edu/fav
Comments:The website was displayed at the SNE technology fair in 2005 and a poster on evaluation results was shared at SNE annual conference in 2006.

NC219/IFAFS-funded multi-state research team.

The stage-of-change tailored website was evaluated with a sample of 111 young adults, ages 18-24) from WI, ME, SD, and NE. Positive effects were noted for mediators and indicators of dietary behavior change, especially for vegetables.


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.

Could have actually referenced MyPyramid a little more.
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.

The information in the site is good, but the way one answers questions and the order of the material seems a bit choppy.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
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.

Gives tips for grocery store, storage, etc. Great tips.
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.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources outdated, inaccurate, and unusable, or no references/resources/credits provided.

Did not see any credits or references. There were additional sites to visit at the end, but no formal references.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

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
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.
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.

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.

Excellent contrast - everything was very easy to view.
C. Navigation
Information is somewhat difficult to find due to limited navigation tools.

The website consisted of several question sections and information sections. The only navigation really was to start over, go to the next screen, or go home.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Excellent information, target audience addressed.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Navigation within the site. It seemed somewhat user unfriendly. More navigation sections would have been helpful.
C. General Comments
The flow of the site seems somewhat choppy. Navigation buttons may help this, as one could go to quiz section, recipes, information, etc. by navigation instead of sporadically throughout the course of navigating the site.
D. Overall Summary
I really liked the content, but it seems as if this website could be taken to much higher levels and be helpful to many more people. A little bit more sophistication in navigation would really make this website nice.

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.

Recommended with Reservations

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