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Healthy Families Monthly Packets

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Eat Right Montana (ERM)
Producer:Eat Right Montana (ERM)
Date Produced:Updated monthly since January 1999
  • Web Site
  • Educational Campaign
  • Newsletter
  • Article
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Eating Patterns
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Family Mealtimes
Description:Monthly packets designed for duplication and distribution to media, individuals, and groups. Each packet contains a introductory page, PLUS a topical media release, a healthful eating handout, an active lifestyle handout, and a nutrient-rich recipe.
Ordering Info:Send Email address to contact person below and asked to be added to monthly mailing list.
Web Site:www.eatrightmontana.org/eatrighthealthyfamilies.htm


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

Yes, this material was released after the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid was released.
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.

It is stated in the letters that introduce each packet.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Consistent formatting makes the material well organized.
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.

The 3 Steps for Success part of the packet provides material with sufficient background for the reader.
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.

Each packet includes good suggestions for healthy eating and increasing activity. Each packet also includes a goal-setting section for the individual using the material.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

Although there are sponsors highlighted on the introduction letter, there is no indication of 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)
No recipes are included.

However, there are links to recipes for the foods emphasized in the packet.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with some suggestions for enhancing the teaching process.

The first page of each packet is a letter to professionals with background information and references on the topic.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.
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.

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
Most words used are appropriate for intended audience. Some unidentified technical terms are used.

The word antioxidant is an example of a word that may be difficult for some people in the intended audience to understand.
D. Supportive Illustrations

No illustrations.
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.

The "Steps for Success" have good design and layout. Each month the layout is the same.
F. Visual Quality

This material is from PDF files on the website.
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.

Done consistently with each packet.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

The material is appropriate for 8th or 9th grade level.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; contains some broken hyperlinks.

The links to November & December 2005 are not correct. The September 2005 packet opens when using these links.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The packets are a good way to send out consistent nutrition and physical activity messages to the population of the state by way of professionals.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
There are links that are not working which need to be fixed. Therefore, recommend this material with reservations.
C. General Comments
Good and basic nutrition and physical activity ideas presented. Goal-setting is encouraged.
D. Overall Summary
Each packet focuses on a nutrition and physical activity topic. A press release is included along with the letter to professionals which encourages consistent messages.

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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