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Print Version    

Review of:

How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, 4th edition


Image courtesy of:
Connie Liakos Evers, MS, RD
Producer:Connie Liakos Evers, MS, RD
Date Produced:2012
Format(s):
  • Book
Audience(s):
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
Topic(s):
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
Description:Teaching nutrition to children early and often is the key to developing healthy eating habits. The fourth edition of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids includes over 200 cross-curricular activities featuring the MyPlate food guide, children's books, gardening, recipes, food art, label reading, fitness and more.

Fun, integrated, and behavior-focused, How to Teach Nutrition to Kids weaves nutrition education with math, science, language arts, social studies, performing arts, physical education, health education and the school cafeteria.

Packed with ideas that empower children to evaluate nutrition information, make smart food choices and creatively prepare food, this book is used in thousands of schools, hospitals, scouting programs, 4-H, summer camps, and many other youth-focused initiatives.

Cost:$19.95
Free?No
Ordering Info:Available from a variety of booksellers.
Web Site:http://nutritionforkids.com/


Content

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

Comments:
Chapter 4 (Teaching the Basics of Healthful Eating) describes the main concepts of MyPlate and offers suggestions for how to teach it to children. The chapter also includes a variety of MyPlate activities that can be done in a classroom or other setting. MyPlate is also referenced in many of the other chapters.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Comments:
There is a wealth of information here for educators.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Comments:
Content is well-organized into chapters and sub-sections, and an index of main topics is available in the back of the book.
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.

Comments:
Introductory sections will help get educators up to speed on current nutrition information and recommendations.
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.

Comments:
This book is full of hands-on tools needed to teach nutrition to children ages 5-12, and the majority of the activities are designed to be integerated into existing curricula.
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.
Material includes five or more of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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.

Comments:
Each recipes includes the following nutritional information, with serving size listed appropriately: calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, and sodium.
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.

Comments:
Appendices include a long list of references, resources, and organizations.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

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.
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:
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
This is an invaluable resource for anyone planning to conduct nutrition education with children ages 5-12. Background information provided is sufficient, and the book provides many hands-on tools and ideas for getting young people interested in healthful eating.


Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended