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Title:Shake it Up! With Fruits and Veggies
Pub. date: 2004
Includes: Audio CD
Audience: Children
Language: English
Description:This CD is a collection of 17 songs that promote fruits and vegetables developed for students in low-income households. The intent of the CD is to encourage a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables and adequate physical activity each day. The CD does not come with a manual or suggestions for use. Developers suggest that educators use their own creativity in incorporating the CD into SNAP-Ed activities. The motto for the LAUSD Nutrition Network is “Find the Fun in Being Healthy.” The developers report the following use of the CD in California: children learn the songs in music class, teachers play the songs during short breaks to get kids active between lessons, teachers use the songs to aid English language development, teachers play the songs during staff meeting activity breaks.
Funding Source: USDA Food Stamp Program
Developer: Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Nutrition Network
Phone: (818) 785-0100
Length: 47 minutes, 20 seconds
Pilot Testing: None
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: May not copy
Reviewers Comments: This eclectic selection of fruit and vegetable themed songs is intended to inspire children and their families to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. The target audience is children and their families, without specifying an age group, but the variety of musical genres should appeal to a broad audience. Types of music include pop, salsa, rap, island music, blues/boogie, funk, and hip hop. The sound quality is good; both the music and the vocals are clear. The lyrics are easy to understand, even in the fast-paced rap and hip hop songs. The lyrics are generally upbeat and positive, such as “Veggies and fruits are flowers and roots; and some grow just ripe on the vine; Juicy and crunchy, there’s no substitute; and I’m gonna make ‘em all mine” from the song, Five A Day. There is one potentially negative lyric that parents may not want their young children listening to in the song Nature’s Candy during the mother-son dialogue: “Chilling on my couch watching MTV; My stomach started flipping, I said ‘Mom I need to eat.’ She said, ‘get your lazy self down to the grocery store; I won’t have you fillin’ up on junk no more.” The content of the songs combine nutrition education and physical activity messages that may also appeal to children’s sense of imagination. For example in Nature’s Candy, a giant flying banana with aliens inside takes a child for a ride and convinces him to change his dietary ways. Despite the lack of a user manual, there are a variety of ways that this CD can be used as an educational tool and incorporate fun into the learning process.
Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: M1977.N83 S53 2004
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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Los Angeles Unified School District Nutrition Network
    Mail: 5541 Matilija Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
    Phone: (818) 785-0100
    Cost: 3.99 per CD, + shipping & handling
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:please inquire

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