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Title:Captain 5 A Day
Alt. Title:Supermarket Smarts, Captain 5 A Day Adventure Box
Pub. date: 2001, revised 2007
Includes: Leader's guide, poster, audiocassettes (3), videotape, workbook, box of color-coded activity cards.
Audience: Parents, Children, Preschool, Elementary School, Toddler, Kindergarten, Hispanic
Language: English, Spanish
Description:This kit includes two complimentary components. The Captain 5 A Day Adventure Box is a curriculum for preschool-3rd grade classrooms. Captain 5 A Day and his dog Boneso use music and movement, crafts, tasting activities and take-home parent letters to encourage fruit and vegetable intake, building strong bones and physical activity. The Supermarket Smarts component targets parents and uses a video and workbook to discuss shopping and budgeting for fruits and vegetables. A train-the-trainer guide for conducting teacher and parent workshops is also included.
Funding Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food Stamp Program
Developer: Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Social Services
Length: Audiocassettes: ~15 minutes each, Videocassettes: 9 minutes (English) and 11 minutes (Spanish).
Pilot Testing: Unpublished controlled 15-week plate-waste study was conducted with Connecticut Head Start and School Readiness Programs to evaluate the Adventures of Captain 5 A Day curriculum. Parent focus groups were conducted during video development.
Assessment instrument Used? Not included.
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: Training guides are comprehensive and include planning timetables, workshop checklists, resource requirements, teaching outlines, activities, worksheets, handouts and resource lists. Lessons are dynamic and highly interactive. Sections of the curriculum are well-integrated. Parents and teachers are encouraged to model desired behaviors for children.

Captain 5 A Day Adventure Box: Teacher cards in the "In the classroom" section (Section 1) are written in all capital letters making reading more difficult. However, the take-home parent notes, Healthy Bones section and Physical Activity section are primarily written in mixed case. The fruit and vegetable serving sizes do not always match those listed in the US Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children or the national Child and Adult Care Food Program serving sizes. Generally, recipes use low to moderately priced ingredients that are readily available. Recipe ingredients are not always listed in order of use. The yield is provided but no nutrition information is listed for recipes. Parent recipes do not always include serving sizes. Recipes using raw vegetables and grapes are included in this kit. Warnings that these items may cause choking in children ages 1-3 years are not always included on relevant recipe/activity cards. Educators may wish to refer to external food safety references for the latest recommendations concerning the Planting Sprouts and Making Raisins activities.

Supermarket Smarts: This video is conversational, fast-paced and of good sound/video quality.

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Web Site (contains games/activites for children and valuable resources for parents and educators, including curriculums):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Connecticut Department of Public Health
    Mail: 410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134
    Phone: 860-509-8251
    Ordering: Captain 5 A Day was a joint project between the University of Connecticut and Connecticut Department of Health.
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    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No

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