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Title:Healthy Lifestyle Web Page for Parents
Pub. date: 2006
Includes: Web site
Audience: Parents, adults
Language: English
Description:The new Healthy Lifestyle web page provides parents and other caregivers with tools for healthy living including tasty, low cost menus and recipes that meet the new food guidelines. The web page has a handy Calorie Burner Chart, the MyPyramid Tracker, and the EatSmart. Play Hard. tracking Card. Food and Nutrition Service developed these resources to help parents make the MyPyramid guidance a part of their daily lives and set a good example for kids.
Funding Source: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Developer: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Reviewers Comments: The Healthy Lifestyles Web site compliments messages from the Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM, program and is tailored for adults, parents and caregivers. This Web site serves as a gateway to valuable tools and information supporting nutrition education.

The page is divided into 6 categories, starting with “Getting Ready.” Here, users can pick up some tips on how to safely and effectively get started with healthy lifestyle changes. Another category, “Make it Quick and Easy” links users to Smart Start recipes, a week’s worth of pre-planned menus using these recipes, and tips on thrifty and nutritious menu planning. Each Smart Start recipe is presented as its own printer-friendly PDF file. Entrees and Salads generally yield 4 servings per recipe, while Sides, Desserts and Soups vary in yield. Serving size is noted for most, but not all recipes. Recipes appear to be generally healthy, but nutritional analysis is not included and some recipes include higher sodium and fat content foods such as mayonnaise and bullion cubes.

In the “Tools to Help You” section, users can access a menu planning table, Calorie Burner chart and link to MyPyramid Tracker. “Making Smart Choices” is a section full of helpful hints and useful tools, such as a How Much Do I need to Eat? page which clarifies serving sizes from MyPyramid, quick tips to start making healthy lifestyle changes, and smart shopping tips.

“Play Hard Your Way” is the section devoted to physical activity, outlining tips on how to make family time an active time, and how to help the whole family stay motivated to stick with health choices. The final section of the Web site, “Keep Score” links users to a printable Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM tracking card.

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    Distributor: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
    Mail: 3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302-1500
    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No

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