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Review of:

Build Healthy Kids Newsletters

Producer:NutritionOptions, LLC
Date Produced:2012
  • Web Site
  • Newsletter
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sodium and Potassium
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Sedentary behavior
Description:A monthly newsletter that focuses on one national nutrition and exercise guideline at a time. It speaks to the teacher, cafeteria worker, parent and child.
Language:English and Spanish
Cost:Free to schools.
Ordering Info:Contact DrDeb@Buildhealthykids.com
Web Site:http://BuildHealthyKids.com
Comments:Currently in 250 schools nationwide from Alaska to Maine.


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material incorporates and uses some concepts in 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
No purpose stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

One side of the newsletter is targeting parents with the reverse side targeting kids.
E. Accuracy
Information contains minor inaccuracies.

Dairy is included in the protein group in one “kids” activity.
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 mentions appropriate learning activities, questions, projects, and/or suggestions for further action for which the reader can follow through, but does not include them in the materials.

One of three sample newsletters had an activity for kids.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

The third newsletter had a sponsor’s logo but no bias in content and once, the authors’ book was promoted for more information.
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.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
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.

References given only for websites for more information on specific subject matter.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

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

There is one photo per newsletter and all three samples were appropriate.
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
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.

The Reading level for the kids side is at or below 5th grade so if younger children are the audience, parents would need to assist.
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.
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 deep red colored banner at the base of the newsletter page, made it difficult to read the black and especially the purple fonts.
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.

The Kids side of the newsletter was at or below 5th grade level and the Parents side was at the 6th-8th grade level.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.

This is in reference to the website link provided on the newsletter for more information and to sign up to subscribe.
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:
Easy to read with simple and helpful ideas for busy parents. The two-sided design was very appealing and I especially enjoyed the one newsletter that included a “kids” nutrition activity. This allows kids to learn, explore and have fun with nutrition through material interaction.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Change the font color at the bottom of the page to white letters so it is easier to read in the red box. Also, be sure to edit more closely for grammatical errors.
C. General Comments
This is a quick to read resource which is very appealing to busy parents. The tips are simple and easy to do for both parents and kids.
D. Overall Summary
This would be a great handout at clinics for health professionals to use with parents of children ages 4-8 years. Parents and health professional can subscribe on line to receive this free and colorful newsletter: “Build Healthy Kids: One Choice at A Time”

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