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Title:Small Group, Adult Nutrition Lessons
Pub. date: 2001
Includes: Lesson plans, background material for the educator, activities and handouts.
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Description:This Web based curriculum is intended for use by paraprofessionals with a small group of about 4-15 people. The purpose is to improve the adult participants’ ability to both identify and make changes to increase food security. The curriculum intends to improve participants: Ability to have enough to eat without resorting to emergency food assistance; Safe handling, preparation and storage of food; Thrifty shopping for and preparation of nutritious foods; Eating and lifestyle behaviors to be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid. The topics include: Aim for Fitness, Build a Healthy Base, Choose Sensibly, Cooking, Eating Out, Food for Children, Food Resource Management, Gardening and Preserving. Each topic links to objectives and some contain accompanying lessons such as 'Fat Out' and 'How Sweet it is'.
Funding Source: Food Stamp Program
Developer: Debra Palmer Keenan, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Length: two lessons
Readability: Below an 8th grade reading level
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Pilot Testing: Piloting was done by paraprofessionals in the field under the supervision of faculty and staff. Lessons are piloted in ethnically diverse settings in both rural and urban areas in New Jersey. Once piloted, necessary revisions are made.
Use Restrictions: Not copyright protected.
Reviewers Comments: This interactive and attractive curriculum emphasizes practical suggestions to improve nutritional status. The lessons are behaviorally focused and include goal setting activities. Food models, fat test tubes and sample foods for visuals encourage group participation and discussion. The accompanying handouts use clear cuing devices such as headings and boxes. The Web site will be regularly updated with new materials as they are developed. Navigation may also be hampered by the requirement to register (registration is free). Many objectives contain direct and positive suggestions while others will require further explanation. The lesson ‘Fat Out’ includes peanut butter in a list of foods high in trans fats that tend to raise ‘bad’ blood cholesterol. A recent USDA study found that peanut butter has non-detectable levels of trans-fatty acids. Some sections include objectives that do not pertain to the title such as an emphasis on food safety and dietary modification in the section on 'Quick and Tasty Cooking'. Graphics are line drawings without captions.
Note: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide the basis for the nutrition education messages in this material.
**In order to access these materials, users must set up a free online profile on the New Jersey SNAP-Ed Web Site.
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