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Reading & Understanding The Food Label

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National Health Video, Inc.
Producer:National Health Video, Inc.
Date Produced:2006
  • DVD
  • Video
  • Booklet
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:This DVD will help consumer understand just what is meant by partially-hydrogenated or trans-fat. It will help them use the label to make the healthiest choices when they shop for food. All terms defined. Portion sizes shown.
Cost:$119 + shipping
Ordering Info:National Health Video Inc. 11312 Santa Monica Blvd.#5,Los Angeles CA 90025 Phone: 800-543-6803 Fax 310-477-8198
Web Site:www.nhv.com www.videosdesalud.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material not based on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope

Target audience was not identified.
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.

The information is accurate but it does not mention the Dietary Guidelines or MyPyramid in the video. The topic was reading the label and did discuss the 2000 calorie diet as the standard for the label.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.

None stated.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Not applicable.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

Brands were shown while showing labels but there was a wide variety of products and brands.
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)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.

The script for the video was provided in a printed form but no activities or suggestions for enhancement.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources outdated, inaccurate, and unusable, or no references/resources/credits provided.

No references provided. In the script they mentioned the date of 2006 and how manufacturers WILL be required to list items at that time.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

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
Not applicable.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.

There were a few frames where the visuals were in frame and the sound was already addressing the next frame.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing do not detract from the presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity sufficient to provide some cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals somewhat logically sequenced. Auditory portion well matched with visual portion.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Easy pace and concepts east to follow with excellent visual examples provided.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The DVD stopped playing with about 2 minutes remaining so I did not see the ending but I was able to read the script, so I would suggest a better quality disk or one that would play the entire DVD. It appeared a little dated with the reference of when 2006 comes and the clothing of the shoppers could be a distraction especially for teens (dated).
C. General Comments
This would be a great resource to use with adults in a clinical setting or classroom setting. The content was very appropriate for teens but again, they may think it's dated and too slow paced.
D. Overall Summary
Great content and very thorough in all aspects of the Nutrition Facts Label. It is difficult to keep this topic current due to constant labeling changes. I would consider loaning this DVD as a resource/tool to nutrition educators to use with groups or individuals. Excellent content and necessary to master.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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