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Review of:

Healthy Families Monthly Packets


Image courtesy of:
Eat Right Montana (ERM)
Producer:Eat Right Montana (ERM)
Date Produced:Updated monthly since January 1999
Format(s):
  • Web Site
  • Educational Campaign
  • Newsletter
  • Article
Audience(s):
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
Topic(s):
  • 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.
Language:None
Cost:None
Free?Yes
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


Content

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

Comments:
Included both nutrition and physical activity messages.
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 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.

Comments:
Objectives identified in the "letter to colleagues" that is included with the packet.
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.

Comments:
Packets encourage physical activity, and recipes that reinforce nutrition messages are included.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. Company name may be mentioned but product name is not contained in text or illustrations.

Comments:
Sponsors are listed and some articles may reference that organization's website. All sponsors are health oriented and responsible organizations that increase credibility of the packet.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for the following nutrients listed on the nutrition label: kcal, macronutrients, trans fats, cholesterol, dietary fiber and sodium. If for a low-income audience, a cost analysis is included.

Comments:
Nutrition analysis and substitutions are provided.
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.

Comments:
Summary is included in "letter to colleagues" that accompanies packets.

Diversity
A. Role Models
Not applicable.
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.

Comments:
Packets include recipes and tips that are specific to their target population in Montana. For example, activities and farmers markets that are located in Montana.

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.
F. Visual Quality

Comments:
Unknown because material was accessed online, but is meant to be printed for consumers.
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.


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.
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:
Packets include positive messages related to physical activity and nutrition, and are in line with the Dietary Guidelines. Recipes are quick and easy, and are clearly related to the month's health topic. Packets are timely and focus on an event of holiday for the month of publication. Articles are motivating and positive.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
I would love to see a resource like this available in all areas of the country.
D. Overall Summary
This resource is highly recommended for people working in Montana. Some articles and website links may not be relevant to other parts of the country.


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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