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A Healthy S.T.A.R.T for Tiny Tots

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Producer:NCES, Inc
Date Produced:6/26/2011
  • 4 Page Handout
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Sodium and Potassium
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Energy In/Energy Out Concept
Description:Brand new handouts highlight all the benefits of the new MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. These teaching tools are complete with: •NCES exclusive S.T.A.R.T concept, providing 5 simple steps to reinforce the new Dietary Guidelines. •Detailed portion, calorie and serving size information for all ages •Creative, easy-to-understand "Energy In, Energy Out" (E.I.E.O.) theory
Cost:22.95 for a package of 50
Ordering Info:www.ncescatalog.com 800-455-5653
Web Site:www.ncescatalog.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Useful tips provide suggestions and information for parents on key topics for young children ages 2-5 to encourage development of healthy eating and physical activity habits: snack ideas; family meals; food safety (mainly to prevent choking); division of feeding responsibilities between parent and child; recommended food group amounts; and SoFAS, portions, water and sodium.
C. Purpose
No purpose stated in title or introduction.

Not necessary, especially if used as a supplementary educational tool.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Points are are generally presented clearly and well organized. The energy in energy out concept is not explained and not conveyed as clearly as it could be for those that may not already understand it.
E. Accuracy
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
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.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.

A few healthy snack suggestions 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
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

In general, except the energy in energy out concept.

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

Portrays youth and characters of diverse backgrounds.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.

Portrays youth and characters of diverse backgrounds.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Not applicable.

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.

Most graphics enhance the text messages. Fun, eye-catching characters/foods will attract young readers. Food examples include some whole grains, lowfat and fat free dairy, a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, meat alternatives like dry beans and nuts, and food characters engaged in various physical activities. Daily Food Group Amounts chart is easy to read and complete with equivalents within food groups. A couple of choices for pictures for 10 Tips to Be an Energy In Energy Out (E.I.E.O.) Hero could be more carefuly selected: a whole grain bread sandwich for the "eat more whole grains and fiber" caption; and a child being physically interactive with a video game for the "make video games as interactive as possible" caption. Overall, good illustrations.
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.
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.
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 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Reading level not formally assessed. There are many bullets and phrases, as opposed to straight text.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are not consistently supportive to presentation of concepts, but do not significantly distract from the presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
C. Auditory Quality
D. Visual Quality
E. Continuity

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Packed full of good tips and recommendations for parents and other care providers of young children. Tips and information target some key topics and concerns with positive messages and suggestions for adults feeding young children. The publication is available in Spanish also.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The energy in energy out page could be improved with a couple better graphic choices and an explanation of the concept. A sample menu with meals and snacks based on the Daily Food Group Amounts would be helpful.
C. General Comments
USDA MyPlate for preschoolers was not available at the time of this review. Revisions may be indicated if the MyPlate recommendations and messages for this age group, when available, are different than what is presented in this publication.
D. Overall Summary
Overall, a useful handout for educators, parents, preschool teachers, child care providers, and others.

Reviewer Rating
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