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Personalizing MyPlate: Easy Changes for Eating Habits

Producer:Learning Seed
Date Produced:10/1/2011
  • DVD
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • 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:People have such different lifestyles and food preferences -- is it possible for everyone to eat healthy? Featuring several young adults, including a mom, who want to improve their eating habits, this program shows how real people can easily modify and find healthier alternatives for their meals and snacks. Learn how the principles of MyPlate help people who are busy, comfort-food lovers, or non-cooks eat more fruits and vegetables, up their whole grains, vary their proteins, and limit fat, sugar, and sodium to create a healthier plate.
Ordering Info:Orders can be placed by phone (800-634-4941), online (www.learningseed.com) or by email (info@LearningSeed.com).
Web Site:www.learningseed.com/ps-397-6-personalizing-myplate-easy-changes-for-eating-habits.aspx


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

The entire DVD was based on the 2010 MyPlate recommendations.
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 contains minor inaccuracies.

Most of the information was accurate. However, at time point 20:51, the DVD said "High amounts of unsaturated fat can increase your level of harmful cholesterol..." Instead it should have said "High amounts of saturated fat can increase your level of harmful cholesterol..." Just prior to this statement, the DVD discussed the high amount of saturated fat mainly from the bacon and butter in Anthony's breakfast.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
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.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. Company name may be mentioned but product name is not contained in text or illustrations.

The people who made this DVD took obvious steps to avoid any brand names. However, they did show a George Foreman grill in use with his signature on the top. The DVD did not mention that a George Foreman grill was being used.
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 fewer than three of the above.

The USDA MyPlate website was mentioned numerous times. Viewers were encouraged to visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to find their daily calorie requirement.
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
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

There was a clear summary at the end of each section and at the end of the DVD as well.

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
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

This video focused on the eating patterns of four individuals, Sam, Kayla, Anthony, and Maria. It is noted that Sam's diet consisted mainly of take-out food. The DVD did suggest several improvements, but did not encourage him to pack his own lunch.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
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 enhance presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

It is noted that the first few seconds of the DVD included some footage that looked like it purposely had the tracking a bit off to emphasize the point. It is also noted that I was able to watch this DVD on my computer but was not able to play this DVD in the DVD player attached to my television. I tried several times, and it said "Loading..." and then "Disc Error" "Please eject the disc. Playback feature may not be available for this disc." Likely this has to do with the format of the disc.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The DVD did a very good job of showing viewers how they could apply the MyPlate recommendations to their own diets. The DVD reviewed the eating patterns of four people, two men and two women, and discussed several changes that would reduce calories and fat, as well as increase fruit and vegetable consumption. One of the women, Maria, had a toddler son Max. Improving his diet was also discussed in this DVD.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
As mentioned above, the statement about Anthony's breakfast should be changed to say ""High amounts of saturated fat can increase your level of harmful cholesterol..."
C. General Comments
The DVD's introductory section did a good job of explaining the MyPlate recommendations. The four examples of diets that were improved using the MyPlate guidelines helped to show people how they could apply the recommendations to their own eating habits.
D. Overall Summary
This DVD explains the MyPlate recommendations and shows specific examples of how viewers could improve their eating habits by following the MyPlate guidelines. The materials were clearly explained.

Reviewer Rating
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