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Making A Great Plate For Your Family Laminated Placemat

Producer:Positive Promotions
Date Produced:2012
  • Flyer
  • Poster
  • Placemat
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • 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
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:There's something special for everyone on this colorful, educational placemat! The front shows sample breakfast, lunch, and dinner using MyPlate concepts. Recipients see proportions at a glance for adults, kids, and preschoolers. The back side offers simple nutrition tips, such as Enjoy Your Food, but Eat Less, Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables, and Switch to Fat-Free or Low-Fat Dairy. The whole family can learn how to eat for good health together!
Cost:Prices vary from $7.75 to $10.95 depending on quantity ordered.
Ordering Info:Order online at the website provided, or by calling 1-800-635-2666.
Web Site:http://www.positivepromotions.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based on MyPlate or the 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
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Most of the recommendations provide specific examples of dietary changes to make, such as, "Choose brown rice instead of white." Only one recommendation is vague, "Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugar and sodium (salt). Buy low-salt, low fat foods," suggests that the reader has knowledge of specific foods within these categories.
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.

The side-by-side visual examples of meals for preschoolers, kids and adults is likely to promote discussion and portion size comparison at mealtime.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias

One side of the placemat shows a health center company name and phone number in approximately size 18 font.
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.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.

Although there are no recipes, there are meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meal plans adhere to the Dietary Guidelines represented on one side of the placemat.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
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.

Educational material is provided in brief segments and in colorful pictorials making the placemat a fun educational tool for educators and familes alike.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
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.

Meals shown represent common American and Mexican food choices.

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
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.
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.

Very easy to read. Information is provided in short segments.
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:
Sound-bite sized information presented in an easy to read format. The photographs are good quality and the visual comparison of meals for different age groups facilitates understanding.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
For the "Foods to Eat Less Often" section, give specific food examples for foods high in solid fats and added sugar and for low-salt, low fat foods.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
This placemat is a useful tool for educators in all settings. The information is up-to-date and is presented in short easy to read and colorful sections.

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