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Team Up at Home: Team Nutrition Activity Booklet

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U.S. Department of Agriculture/Team Nutrition
Producer:U.S. Department of Agriculture/Team Nutrition
Date Produced:May 2007
  • Game
  • Web Site
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Calories
Description:This is a collection of hands-on nutrition education activities for parents to use with their school-age children. This 36-page activity booklet is in a reproducible format for classroom and community use.
Web Site:Available for downloading at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/teamupbooklet.html


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

EXCELLENT assortment of handouts, ideas, recipes and games for parents (or health professionals) to use with children to encourage them to eat healthier and exercise more -- especially as a family!
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Terrific -- the activities and handouts would be best used with younger (elementary) children; teens would not be interested in most activities.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

The purpose is made clear in a "Dear Parents" letter on the second page.
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.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

The primary objective of this booklet is to help parents and their children learn more about good nutrition and being physically active.
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.

Great ideas! I am anxious to use these immediately with my own family!
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

A terrific use of cartoon foods without any brand identification.
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.

This is not meant to be a 'teaching' kit, per se. Thus learner objectives and lesson plans are not included in the standard fashion a teacher would come to expect; however, "Team Up at Home" includes a ton of learner activities, instructional aids, and a corresponding web site. It also includes a wonderful quiz a family can take to identify "What is Your MyPyramid Style" -- it clearly points out where families need to make changes to be healthier.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

I am still trying to figure out how to spread peanut butter on a 3" carrot, though!
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.

The recipes included in this Activity Book are primarily quick snacks that families can make together....or that latchkey children could easily make after school if the ingredients were pre-cut.
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.

The only official reference included is www.MyPyramid.gov; I was expecting to see the TEAM Nutrition web site. I would NOT consider the lack of additional references a deficiency, however. This type of product does not need references; this is a fun, accurate resource based on MyPyramid. Thus, the MyPyramid web site is adequate in my opinion.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

Great job! Simple, clear, attractive!

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.

The USDA MyPyramid graphics are used throughout.
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 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.

This is a wonderful, colorful, attractive activity book.
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.

This is downloadable as a .pdf file from http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/teamupbooklet.html thus the user has control over the paper weight.
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.

I believe this is actually written at or below the 5th grade level, however there is no documentation within the document or on the web site (that I could find) indicating the actual reading level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This user-friendly activity guide can be used by parents, schools, and community health organizations to support families in their quest for a healthier lifestyle. I intend to use a few of these handouts at our State Fair exhibit in a week -- I know they will be a hit! I strongly urge anyone working with children and families to check out this wonderful resources. It lays on the line HOW MUCH children should eat each day and then translates that into foods and snacks children would enjoy. The activity sheets look like a LOT of fun!
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
It would be helpful if the handouts could have a place for community organizations, health departments, or schools to put their logo; from my public health experience, people like having a community mark (e.g., the Health Department logo) on the handouts and materials they receive.
C. General Comments
Check out this downloadable resource if you work at all with children and families.
D. Overall Summary
Highly recommended.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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