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Title:MyPyramid Food Wheel
Pub. date: May 2006
Includes: carboard wheel
Audience: Adults
Language: English and Spanish
Description:The MyPyramid Food Wheel is a hands-on print adaptation of the USDA’s web–based food guidance system. The wheel helps people determine their calorie level and corresponding food group amount based on age, gender, and physical activity level.
Length: 1 sheet 7” by 8” cardboard
Pilot Testing: Preliminary formative research was conducted to gauge whether a general audience and low-income people could understand the wheel’s directions without receiving instructions on how to use it. A client’s understanding and use of the wheel is enhanced by incorporating this tool into an educational session. After basic training about its use and purpose, clients are able to utilize the wheel on their own.
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: Trying to teach someone how to use who does not have access to a computer or necessary computer skills can be a daunting process. This creative resource solves that problem by putting all the food group recommendations on a 7” by 8” cardboard wheel. Users are directed to choose their activity level (less than 30 minutes a day or 30 to 60 minutes a day), their age, and their gender and line up the wheel to reveal their daily recommendations for each food group. On the back, there are general tips and resources for each food group, straight from the web site. All of the text on the front and back of the wheel is printed in both English and Spanish.

The MyPyramid Food Wheel would be best used with literate adult audiences who are looking for basic food group recommendations and do not have access to the internet. It is simple enough that it could be used as a stand alone tool, although some adults may need additional assistance or demonstration when using for the first time. It does not include complete recommendations for females less than 14 years, males less than 19 years, adults over 85, and anyone who does more than 60 minutes of activity a day. It also does not include any recommendations on discretionary calorie needs or physical activity.

This is a clever and unique resource that could be a great help to any nutrition educator.

Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Resource Center
    Mail: 115 General Services Building - CSU
Fort Collins, CO 80523-4061
    Phone: 970-491-6198 or 877-692-9358
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 3.00 per wheel
    Avail. in Qty: No

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