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Creating Healthy Active Celebrations

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United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service / Eat Smart. Play Hard.
Producer:United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service / Eat Smart. Play Hard.
Date Produced:May 2008
  • Booklet
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • This is an idea book for parents of elementary school children.
  • Healthy Eating Tips
Description:This 46-page booklet presents healthy ideas for organizing parties with recipes, party themes and activities.
Cost:Free, online.
Ordering Info:N/A- available online only.
Web Site:http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/EatSmart/chac.pdf


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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 does not assume that reader has background information.
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.

Material includes lots of ideas on making celebrations healthy -fun party ideas, recipes and great table conversation starters to support family meals. The ideas are not promoted as learning experiences, but meals and cooking together are wonderful learning experiences.
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.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

A variety of foods are represented from each of the Five Food Groups in the 24 recipes provided.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for some of the nutrients listed on the nutrition label. If for a low-income audience, some cost information is included.

There is no cost information provided and the nutrients included are: Calories, Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat.
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.

All the resources listed are USDA websites which are appropriate and supportive of the content provided.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.

Attractive photos of foods and of families eating together.
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.

The table with "Matchmakers" - where the reader can mix and match appetizers + main dish +side dish + beverage + dessert is really an easy to use and thought provoking for planning healthy menus for celebrations.
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 wonderful, bright colors adds to the appeal of the booklet if read online and would recommend using a color printer for hard copies.
F. Visual Quality

On-line line version only.
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.

Easy to follow design and it includes a Table of Contents.
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:
The Checklist for planning parties and meals was a nice addition to this resource along with the checklist for planning childrens' events - very helpful!
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Could add the approximate cost for the preparation of the recipes. A few of the recipes did not have photos to help the reader.
C. General Comments
Very attractive resource and it was much easier to review as a hard copy versus on the website.
D. Overall Summary
Fun resource for parents and caretakers of young children with lots of ideas and common sense recommendations like the tips on how to make food taste great and food safety. It was presented in a warm and fun to read style.

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

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