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Title:Small Group, Adult Nutrition Lessons
Pub. date: 2001 - 2014
Includes: Lesson plans, background material for the educator, activities, and handouts.
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Description:The purpose of "Adult Lessons" is to improve participants' food security by helping them identify and adopt changes that they both need and are willing to make. Lessons strive 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 MyPyramid
Funding Source: Food Stamp Program
Developer: Staff and Students under the direction of Debra Palmer and Judy Klavens-Giunta
Organization: Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
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, the necessary revisions are made.
Use Restrictions: Not copyright protected.
Reviewers Comments: The lessons are behaviorally focused and include goal setting activities. 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.. Food models, fat test tubes and sample foods for visuals encourage group participation and discussion.

The Web site is regularly updated with new materials as they are developed.

Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: NJ SNAP-ED, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University
    Mail: Davison Hall, 26 Nichol Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882
    Ordering: The New Jersey SNAP-Ed Website requires users to register before they can access this curriculum. Registration is free and education materials accessed after registering are also free.
    Order URL:
    Cost: 0.00 per item
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Available on the Web only.

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