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Title:Promoting Good Health Through Diet and Lifestyle: Let's Exercise
Alt. Title:Lesson 1: Let's Exercise
Pub. date: 2002
Edition: 1st
Includes: booklet
Audience: Adults
Language: Vietnamese (English translations available)
Description:This booklet is part of a series of five booklets that are designed to focus on the many benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for the prevention of chronic diseases. This is the first lesson in the series and focuses on increasing physical activity. Reviews for two other lessons, Cutting Down on Fat and Fruits and Vegetables are also included in the Resource Finder. The remaining two lessons have not been reviewed as they are beyond the scope of SNAP-Ed. All of the booklets contain eight 8” x 10” glossy pages with lots of bright colors and pictures, helpful information and an interactive activity. They are available as a pdf or html online or by contacting the distributor. They can be used as part of a series, or as individual lessons. While they can serve as a stand-alone tool, they would be better understood when paired with a brief explanation or lesson from a nutrition educator.
Funding Source: SNAP-Ed, California Cancer Research Program, Department of Health Services
Developer: Kim-Phuc Nguyen, Loan Pham, Joanne Ikeda
Organization: University of CA, Berkeley
Phone: 510-642-5382
Length: 8 pages
Readability: 5th
Pilot Testing: pilot tested with lay persons
Use Restrictions: may copy
Reviewers Comments: The first booklet in this series focuses on exercise. It encourages the reader to make being active part of their lifestyle, rather than just going to the gym or going on the treadmill. It describes the benefits of physical activity and gives suggestions for getting started. The pamphlet encourages the reader to start slow and try to build up to at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity daily, which is compliant with the current dietary guidelines. In explaining this booklet with participants, one may want to add that 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity on most days is recommended to help manage body weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy body weight gain in adulthood and that at least 60 to 90 minutes of daily moderate-intensity physical activity is recommended to sustain weight loss in adulthood. There are many ideas listed for what one can do to exercise more, along with accompanying pictures. One may want to explain that while “taking the bus” is listed as a suggestion, this may not increase physical activity unless accompanied with additional walking. The interactive activity in the booklet allows space for the reader to list all the exercise and physical activity they do daily, with five blank lines for them to fill in what they do. The last page of the booklet contains a recipe for trail mix, and informs participants that good nutrition is important when you exercise. There is no nutritional information for the recipe included.

The booklet is clearly written and with an uncomplicated layout. The font is large and easy to read and the background is balanced with plenty of blank space and pictures. Graphic representations are mostly drawings, with some photographs. All are culturally sensitive and include a variety of ages involved in different activities. There are several photos of bike riders not wearing helmets, which may be addressed in conversations with participants. Some of the photos are repeated. While this resource is slightly outdated, it is still high quality and can be very beneficial when working with the Vietnamese population.

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HTML in Vietnamese with English translations:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of California, Berkeley, Cooperative Extension
    Contact: Joanne Ikeda
    Mail: 2180 Dwight Way Suite C
Berkeley, CA 94704
    Phone: 510-642-3589
    Ordering: Available for download
    Avail. in Qty: No
    ISBN:May obtain samples by contacting distributor.

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