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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:Adult Lessons are made for use with small groups (4-15 people). Their purpose 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
All lessons are: sensitive to the needs of multi-cultural audiences, interactive, research-based, behaviorally-focused and learner-driven.

Each lesson provides background information that the instructor can use to answer questions participants may have; a materials list; a lesson plan with handouts; and, an explanation of what makes the lesson a behaviorally focused lesson.

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, 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. 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'. 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 is regularly updated with new materials as they are developed. Navigation may be hampered by the requirement to register (registration is free). Many objectives contain direct and positive suggestions while others will require further explanation. 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.

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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