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Wisconsin Nutrition Education Network - Pregnancy Curriculum

Producer:University of Wisconsin at Madison
Date Produced:October 2005
  • Web Site
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Pregnant/ Lactating Women
  • Portion Sizes
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Lesson to help adults recognize the importance of selecting the appropriate amount of food from each food group to stay within their daily nutritional needs. Participants will pay attention to what counts as ounce equivalents for grains and meat group foods; and cup equivalents for milk, vegetables and fruit group foods to meet their daily needs.
Ordering Info:Download from web site
Web Site:http://www.nutrisci.wisc.edu/nutrinet/preg%20moms.html


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.

This curriculum provides a lot of great general nutrition information along with suggestions for the entire family. However, pregnancy weight gain, pregnancy food safety, and the extra calories, protein, calcium, and iron needed along with their sources could be addressed more thoroughly. Pregnant women represent a special population whose needs are not fully met simply by following MyPyramid.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

The curriculum is consistent across all of the lesson plans. Teachers/discussion leaders will find the lessons nicely organized and easy to follow. Sections for each lesson topic include Objectives, Preparation, Start Up, What to Say, and What to Do (Activities). Also included are additional resources, tips on goal setting, and handouts.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

However, pregnancy warrants a set of special considerations in addition to general dietary guidelines. These need to be addressed thoroughly.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

The material is very learner friendly and explains things in an easy to understand way.
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 lessons in this curriculum are sure to be entertaining! There is a wonderful mix of interactive learning experiences that include group discussion, fun games that often involve physical activity, illustrations, worksheets, personalized goal setting, label reading, food tasting, and much more.
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)
No recipes are included.
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.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.

The instructor is nicely guided through the entire process and equipped with everything necessary to carry out the lesson and facilitate learning.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

At the last lesson, there is something of a review and summary included to tie everything together.

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

There is a helpful lesson on food budgeting entitled "How Much Will $5 Buy?" which addresses individuals of a lower socioeconomic level.

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.

There seems to have been a conscious effort to eliminate overly technical terms. The language flows very nicely and concepts are made easy to grasp.
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.
F. Visual Quality

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.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
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:
The lessons are very well planned and organized so that instructor and student alike can follow along easily.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
More attention should probably be devoted to dealing with special pregnancy nutrition issues such as weight gain, food safety, and extra calorie and nutrient needs.
C. General Comments
It is great to have a resource that can be used with almost any literacy and education level.
D. Overall Summary
This curriculum seems very fun to use and to learn from. There is a wonderful mix of interactive learning experiences that include group discussion, fun games that often involve physical activity, illustrations, worksheets, personalized goal setting, label reading, food tasting, and much more.

Reviewer Rating
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