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Fast Food Poster

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Learning Zone Xpress
Producer:Learning Zone Xpress
Date Produced:2008
  • Poster
  • 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
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Meal Planning
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sodium and Potassium
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:18" x 24" Laminated Do you make healthy choices at fast food restaurants? This poster highlights common fast food choices and alternative options.
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


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.

Incorporating the colors corresponding to MyPyramid as part of the graphic design would have strengthened the link to MyPyramid concepts.
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

The information is relevant; however the charts may need explanation. One questionable concept is including the fat content of milk (at 2.5 grams per serving) along with the fat content of soda pop and coffee (at 0 grams per serving). Comparing those values, a reader (without a lot of nutrition background) may get the idea that soda pop and coffee is "better for you" because neither contains fat (even though milk would be designated a low-fat food)
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material is organized but not all major points are easily identified.

This would require some explanation.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Including a more direct "tie-in" with MyPyramid would have been valuable.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
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.
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.

If this would be used as a teaching tool, a written activity or talking points would be helpful.
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.

No instructor materials were included, although an activity or teaching would have been helpful.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources outdated, inaccurate, and unusable, or no references/resources/credits provided.

Source of nutrition information was not provided. Was it based on USDA or a specific food company?
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear, but sequence of information may not flow smoothly in all sections.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
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.

The photos are high-quality.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout are distracting; too much print on the page.

The poster provides a lot of information in a fairly small space. Some of the information is repeated from the charts, so maybe the charts are not needed. It is a bit cluttered.
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.

The poster is printed on good-quality paper and is laminated.
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.

The design is attractive and colorful. Some people may have difficulty reading white text with a green or red backing.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This is a colorful, attractive poster with high-quality photos and no brand names used/sponsor bias. The overall messages (eg. "Select Sensible Sides", "Go Grilled vs. Fried") are clear and concise.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Having a more direct link to MyPyramid would have been helpful. For example, the colors of MyPyramid could have been used as a graphical element to link certain foods with food groupings (Eg. outlining the dairy products with blue, orange juice with red, etc). Having a "visual link" to MyPyramid would help viewers of the poster understand how these foods fit into the context of an overall healthful diet. The poster is a bit cluttered with the added charts, which sometimes repeat information already hi-lighted on the graphic. Including the calories consistently on the food graphics would condense the information. Deleting the reference to fat on the beverage section may help clear up confusion; milk (the healthful choice) is the only fat-containing beverage on the list, which includes soda pop and coffee). This might make viewers think that soda and coffee are "healthier".
C. General Comments
In general, people do not spend a lot of time reading posters, so the messages should be quick and clear. This poster accomplishes that philosophy for the most part, but the charts clutter the poster to some extent and may confuse people who are not familiar with "grams" and "milligrams." Some of the information from the charts is repeated, which really isn't necessary.
D. Overall Summary
With some explanation, this colorful poster could be used as a teaching tool to help people make healthier choices at fast food restaurants.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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