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Healthy Journey: Your Contemporary Guide to Pregnancy

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InJoy Productions, Inc.
Producer:InJoy Productions, Inc.
Date Produced:Updated 2007
  • DVD
  • Video
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Professionals
  • Pregnant/ Lactating Women
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Calories
  • Becoming Pregnant/Pregnant/Lactating Women
Description:This program presents the latest information in the fields of fetal development, nutrition, prenatal healthcare, and more.
Ordering Info:This program is available on DVD or VHS, in English and Spanish. Please visit injoyvideos.com for specific ordering details.
Web Site:http://www.injoyvideos.com/Prenatal-Care/Healthy-Journey-Your-Contemporary-Guide-to-Pregnancy.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.

This covers a very wide range of topics associated with pregnancy, from morning sickness to financial planning. It does recommend getting further advice, seeing a doctor, getting screening tests done, etc.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

The segments are listed, well organized, but I had trouble moving from 1 to another, could only make it go in sequence. The materials flow well from one segment to the next.
E. Accuracy
Information contains minor inaccuracies.

Some points contradict each other. For example, first they suggest taking prenatal vitamins, then they recommend asking about taking them.

Also, the part about drinking more fluids to flush more fluids is confusing. And while caffeinated beverages are not recommended during pregnancy, they DO provide more fluid than the small diuretic effect excretes.

And I would have appreciated at least a mention of the risks associated with gestational diabetes, excess weight gain, etc.

F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

There is no evaluation or questionnaire to decide if any objectives are met by the learner. Certainly the program goes over all the materials in a learner-friendly way.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material mentions appropriate learning activities, questions, projects, and/or suggestions for further action for which the reader can follow through, but does not include them in the materials.

The program does advise women to speak to their doctors, where to look for advice, etc. But there are no activities included in the DVD.
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.

Does include objectives and suggests resources for further use, but does not include other items. It seems meant for individual viewing.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.

No recipes, but the food preparation scene does not show good technique. After mentioning the need for more food safety, the model is wearing rings while cutting food. And I think the risk of toxoplasmosis from cat litter has been discredited. It is good though that it mentions the need to cook or heat lunch meats, hot dogs, etc to steaming for safety.
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.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

There are summaries in the various segments, and the Hints and Tidbits point out some highlights in a different voice and manner to call attention to them.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.

Very good variety of roles, both the positive and negative of pregnancy, worries, fears, etc. are shown.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.

Very good variety of models, married and single, varied ethnicities, mixed couples, enough to allow most people to feel comfortable.
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.

Not much shown of different eating patterns, but food is only part of the entire program.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.

Audio is good, visuals mostly good, some background distracting.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.

There is no blank time provided, but the DVD can be stopped and started at will. There are obvious breaks between the segments that allow for stopping without breaking a train of thought.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are unclear; graphics and titles are difficult to read; color, lighting, and editing are distracting.

I did not like the fuzzy quality of the background many times, especially as the segment headers and title pages. It was very distracting, and at times the poor contrast made it hard to read.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
It covers a huge range of information related to having a healthy pregnancy, from both women and men's points of view and with a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

It is suitable for individual viewing or could be used in a group setting, although no lesson materials are provided. It is long for a single viewing, but can be stopped and started to view segments separately.

B. Points that Could Be Improved:
There are a few discrepancies from one segment to the next, the food safety scene could show better practices, and the design of the segment headers could have been better designed for contrast and easier viewing.
C. General Comments
Very good, wide ranging coverage of an important situation, with enough suggestions to get other advice. Women would not watch this and think they had all the answers, but would get a lot of reassurance.
D. Overall Summary
Very good. A lot of work and planning went into this program.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended