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Review of:

Super Foods Promotional Kit


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Learning Zone Xpress
Producer:Learning Zone Xpress
Date Produced:2008
Format(s):
  • CD-ROM
  • Booklet
  • Poster
  • Curriculum
  • Bookmarks, Placards, Handouts, Bookcovers, Stickers, Notepads
Audience(s):
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • Low-Literacy
Topic(s):
  • General Nutrition
  • Health at Every Size
  • Meal Planning
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:There has been a great deal of research about foods that help fight disease, called "super foods." This kit helps you educate and motivate students to make healthier choices without being scary or negative about heart disease, cancer and high cholesterol.
Cost:$149.95
Free?No
Ordering Info:To order, visit our website at www.learningzonexpress.com, call toll free at 888-455-7003, or fax to 507-455-3380.
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com


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:
Material follows Dietary Guidelines, but uses "servings" instead of MyPyramid "cups" measures.
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 contains minor inaccuracies.

Comments:
Uses old "5-9 serving" recommendation for fruits and vegetables.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Comments:
Assumes user of kit (food service manager) has background information, but not the target audience viewing the components of the kit (children).
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.

Comments:
Includes posters, bookmarks, book covers, stickers, note pads, material for poster boards, and more.
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 three or four of the above.

Comments:
Learner activities, instructional aids and websites included.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with some suggestions for enhancing the teaching process.

Comments:
Recommended websites are provided.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources outdated, inaccurate, and unusable, or no references/resources/credits provided.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

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
Not applicable.

Comments:
Role models include characters that are made of fruits and vegetables.
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.

Comments:
Most fruits and vegetables featured are those that are typical for the American diet.

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.

Comments:
Material is very colorful and eye-catching.
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.

Comments:
High quality, laminated paper.
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 or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.


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:
Materials are positive and fun. There are enough materials and activities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption over an entire semester or school year. Additional copies of materials are available on a CD that is included with the kit.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Include MyPyramid logo (if possible), and change "servings" to "cups".
C. General Comments
I received this toolkit at work, and my co-workers kept stopping by my desk to check it out. Adults and kids found the material interesting. This toolkit is ideal for an elementary or middle school food service.
D. Overall Summary


Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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