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1 Great Plate Poster

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Learning ZoneXpress
Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:2010
  • Poster
  • 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
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
Description:Ensure healthy, balanced eating by dividing your plate! The 1 Great Plate™ Poster promotes an easy-to-remember healthy equation to help you visualize how to fill your dinner plates. A healthy meal is pictured showing the divisions of 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 lean protein, equaling “1 Great Plate™!” 18" x 24" Laminated © 2010 Learning ZoneXpress Product: # 410014
Ordering Info:www.LearningZoneXpress.com toll free: 888.455.7003
Web Site:www.LearningZoneXpress.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.
C. Purpose
No purpose stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material is organized but not all major points are easily identified.

Poster implies MyPlate includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein groups with dairy appearing as an optional item on one side and not at all mentioned on the other side of the poster.
E. Accuracy
Information contains minor inaccuracies.

Front of poster graphics demonstrate plate filled half with fruits and veggies, ¼ with whole grains & ¼ lean protein and to “ADD” 1 serving of low-fat dairy. Only the dairy food group uses the term “serving”.
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.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources

In the current format, resources would be helpful to clarify the 5 MyPlate food groups. In the discussion on the poster of “What Makes 1 Great Plate,” the dairy group is not at all mentioned.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

There is a small USDA MyPlate graphic on one side of the poster but no other credits; no date; very tiny font with the company name and information is provided.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

The lack of including the dairy group as one of the MyPlate food groups makes this tool incomplete.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material does not address a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Serving visualizations depict standard food items; would apply to a very general population, but no references demonstrate cultures or socioeconomic levels.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
B. Writing Approach
C. Vocabulary
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.

Servings shown are difficult to assess: 3 ounce portions of meat and fish are displayed on different sized plates therefore making it difficult to accurately have an idea of the serving size (with the portion of fish looking larger than the portion of beef); other food items visualized are in containers and there is no way to ascertain the depth of the containers, therefore, it is hard to visualize what a serving size would be.
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.

There is an inconsistent message presented – to fill either ¼ or ½ of your plate with foods from a food group and then another poster section visualizes serving sizes. How many servings would you need to fill ¼ of your plate is not included.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Very simple to read; appropriate size font in most areas and plenty of white space.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Include the dairy group as part of MyPlate; provide graphic which is created in the manner to reflect the positioning of MyPlate food groups with example on poster(fruits & veggies fill half of the vertical plate; grains in top right of plate and lean protein in bottom right of plate example) to be consistent with USDA graphic as a teaching tool; the mention and space used to discuss a 9 –inch plate might be better used with a simple message – do you know the size of your plate?
C. General Comments
Simple teaching idea – cannot be used as a stand-alone educational piece.
D. Overall Summary
While the concept of how to fill your plate is good, a way to include and demonstrate inclusion of the dairy group would make it a more complete poster. Does dairy always have to be “off” the plate – are there ways to “add” dairy to your plate? For a population with limited reading skills, there may be confusion regarding serving size versus dividing your plate into parts – this may also be a difficult concept to understand if mixed dishes provide a majority of the participant’s meal pattern.

Reviewer Rating
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Not Recommended

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