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Review of:

What is Normal Website Section


Image courtesy of:
Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council
Producer:Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council
Date Produced:10/07
Format(s):
  • Web Site
Audience(s):
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Professionals
Topic(s):
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Calories
  • teen body image
Description:Pre-teens and teens feel pressure to fit in. Explore the website section, What is Normal, about teen body image, nutrition and physical activity. Find lessons, activities, resources, downloadables and links. Help teens discover that everybody is different! Site is for Educators, Dietitians, Nurses, Coaches, Counselors, Therapists, Community Clubs and others who work with teens and pre-teens.
Cost:Free
Free?Yes
Web Site:www.oregondairycouncil.org/what_is_normal


Content

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.

Comments:
The material incorporates the key concepts needed for reaching teens and has appropriate links to additional resources on MyPyramid & dietary guidelines but also includes additional information so that MyPyramid is not the sole focus.
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 assumes that reader has some background information.

Comments:
This is clearly indicated in stated target audience.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
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:
The website is very thorough. It provides useful resources and activities for any professional working with adolescents.
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 five or more of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Comments:
Note that the recipes are provided through a link and not the website itself.
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:
Note that the recipes are provided through a link and not the website itself.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.

Comments:
Multiple lesson plans and web links are provided for each topic. The topics are also nicely divided into focus areas that are supportive to adolescent development and interests.
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.

Diversity
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 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
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
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


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:
Provides excellent resources for working with adolescents> It is important because there are few good websites for professionals in this area.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
N/A
C. General Comments
The website design and layout are appealing and the content is appropriate and useful for all intended audiences.
D. Overall Summary
This website is an excellent resource for professionals working with adolescents and provides accurate up to date information on critical topics including MyPyramid, Physical Activity and Body Image. Many materials for teens omit the body image component. This website is comprehensive and well-thought out.


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