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Healthy Hurdles™ Nutrition Game

Producer:Learning Resources
Date Produced:2007
  • Game
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Two healthy lifestyle games in one! Students can either create a balanced meal or collect a food item from each food group to win. Games also require players to burn off foods they don't need through exercise. A great way to introduce food-related vocabulary to English language learners. Healthy Hurdles™ offers the option of play in pairs, groups of 3 or a group of 6. Games correlate with the USDA's new MyPyramid Food Guidance System. Game boards measure 12 1/2" square. Features 50 exercise cards and 110 food cards.
Ordering Info:www.LearningResources.com or call 800-333-8281
Web Site:www.LearningResources.com


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

This game demonstrates MyPyramid by showing students the diagram and allowing them to identify the food groups, and food items that belong in each section.
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.

The game clearly states its objectives.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Material is organized and very easy to read and understand.
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.

This game can be used in a multitude of ways. It can be used as a review game, or as an introduction game to introduce the concepts of MyPyramid.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Learning objectives are clearly states in the manual and are achievable through the use of the game.
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.

This is a game that is very interactive. In addition to the game directions, the manual also provides other learning activities that can be used with the game pieces.
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.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
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
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

Although there is not a summary nor ideas reviewed, I do not believe it is required nor necessary to include them.

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.

Cartoon pictures represent multiple cultures and genders.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes 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.

Directions included with the game are easy to follow and understand.
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
Illustrations are related to the material in some way. Most tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. In most tables and graphs, information 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.

The design of the game box and the game cards are stimulating and colorful. They engage the audience without distracting them from the main point and ideas of the game.
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.

Game boards are very strong and sturdy. Definitely strong enough to be used in the classroom over and over again.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Topic headings are not clear and/or are provided for most but not all topic areas. Limited or no cueing devices included.

Headings are clear and bold, but no other visual cues provided.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Low reading level, but this is a game, where a high reading level is not necessary or appropriate. Even though this is a lower reading level, the game can still be enjoyed by all types of readers.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
One of the best nutrition games I have seen. Engages the students in game play, while introducing MyPryamid concepts. I especially like that there are two games in this one box. One game can be used as an introduction while the other is a little more advanced to allow students to think about and practice creating a balanced meal. Also serves as a review tool to review healthy meal concepts.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Directions could be provided on a transparency to teach entire class directions.
C. General Comments
Love this game. Engages students in game play and allows for collaboration (if working with teams) on healthy meal planning and food group identification. Fast pace of play allows the game to move quickly so that students do not get bored or distracted while waiting for their turn.
D. Overall Summary
This is one of the best games reviewed because students have fun playing it while learning MyPyramid concepts.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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