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Title:MyActivity Pyramid
Pub. date: July 2006
Includes: handout
Audience: Children
Language: English
Description:The MyActivity Pyramid handout is based on the new 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA’s MyPyramid. The handout is designed to help children ages 6 to 11 include a variety of activities in their daily lives.
Funding Source: USDA's Food Stamp Program
Developer: Schuster, E., Ball, S., Gammon, R.
Organization: University of Missouri Extension
Length: 1 page
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: contact Kimberly Watkins
Reviewers Comments: This clever two-sided handout is modeled after MyPyramid and MyPyramid for Kids, with similar colors and page layout. In this version, MyPyramid has been turned to the side, emphasizing the physical activity message of and the US Dietary Guidelines.

As in the original handout, we see the familiar steps from the side of the pyramid now in the front. At the bottom step, everyday activities, such as bike riding, gardening, and playing, are represented. Because this is the largest step, these should be done the most often. One step above that are the active aerobics and recreational activities, and then flexibility and strength. Finally at the pinnacle of the pyramid is inactivity, such as video games and television. At the bottom left corner of the pyramid is a small entryway, perhaps to represent that many activities pictured are done outdoors.

On the back of the handout the different levels of activity are presented in different colored boxes side by side, and examples and pictures of each type of activity is given. The printed copies are distributed on a thick glossy paper similar to that of MyPyramid. It contains the University of Missouri Extension logo on the bottom. Also available from the distributor is MyActivity Log, a companion piece that can help youths keep track of their daily physical activities.

Overall, this illustrative handout is an excellent accompaniment to MyPyramid for Kids. Children will enjoy the entertaining graphics and can likely relate to many of the activities featured, such as jumping rope and paying soccer. Adults can benefit from this simple guide to physical activity as well. This resource is a valuable teaching tool.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Missouri Cooperative Extension
    Mail: Extension Publications, University of Missouri,

2800 Maguire Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65211

    Phone: (800) 292-0969
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 0.25 per handout
    Avail. in Qty: No

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