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Title:The ABCs of Health-Focused Well-Being
Pub. date: January 2008
Includes: Handout
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Language: English
Description:This is an 8-page color handout that seeks to convey the breadth and richness of a health-centered (versus a weight-centered) approach to well-being through definitions and descriptions of 38 terms. These terms from A to Z range from “BMI,” “obese,” “portion control,” and “individual responsibility” to “kitchen,” “lifestyles,” “nerve and courage” and “thin-bashing.” The handout also features quotes from an author, an artist, and culture critic and everyday people related to a number of the terms.
Funding Source: In part, WIN the Rockies, USDA/IFAFS #0004499
Developer: S.Pelican, F.Vanden Heede, M.Getz
Organization: University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Phone: 307-766-6345
Length: 8 pages
Pilot Testing: Reviewed by 4 professionals and their suggestions and comments incorporated.
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: May Copy
Reviewers Comments:

The ABCs of Health-Focused Well-Being is a well organized handout containing a variety of nutrition related information. The handout was developed for an adult audience and is intended to encourage healthy body images, attitudes and behaviors regarding weight and nutrition status. This resource could be used to educate nutrition educators on stereotypes and introduce new methods of teaching. A key component is to emphasize and encourage healthy lifestyles instead of emphasizing weight loss.

The handout has beautiful pictures of people enjoying nature, healthy eating, and spending time with friends and family. Dispersed throughout the handout are quotes from authors, artists, cultural critics and many “WIN the Rockies interviewees.” Other states may want to use interviews from local programs. It is clear that a significant amount of consideration went into the design of the handout as the layout is attractive and legible. The pictures and message encourage the citizens to take action and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

The glossary is a unique idea that might attract people who do not normally read other handouts. The nature of the glossary allows for the introduction of new terms within the handout. This may make it difficult to jump from one term to the next throughout the handout. Most definitions are simple but a low literacy audience might have some difficultly. Some of the terms include “body image,” “health at every size,” “respect for body-size diversity,” and “size acceptance.”

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Wyoming Extension Publications:
PDF in English (9.19MB):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
    Contact: Suzanne Pelican
    Mail: Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University
Laramie, WY 82071
    Phone: 307-766-6345
    Order URL:
    Cost: 0.00 per PDF
    Avail. in Qty: No

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