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Title:MyPlate for Older Adults
Alt. Title:MiPlato para Adultos Mayores
Pub. date: June 2011
Edition: 1st
Includes: handout
Audience: Older Adults
Language: English, Spanish
Description:“This updated version of the 2006 “MyPyramid for Older Adults” is consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. Resource includes drawings of foods that often are chosen by older adults for ease of purchasing, chewing/swallowing, and/or preparing. Also included are silhouettes representing older adults dancing, gardening, or walking a dog, which encourage physical activity among all older adults. MyPlate for Older Adults includes the new names for two food groups: Protein Foods and Dairy, which replaced Meat and Beans and Milk in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. The food plan uses a lower calorie level due to the lower caloric needs of this group compared with younger adults. MyPlate for Older Adults also provides targeted messages that encourage healthful eating and physical activity."
Funding Source: Elder Nutrition and Food Safety Program (ENAFS)/University of Florida Foundation/State of New York Department of Law
Details
Developer: Bobroff, L. B. and Minton, E
Organization: University of Florida
Mail: bobroff@ufl.edu
Length: 1 double-sided page
Pilot Testing: This resource was pilot tested as part of a nutrition lesson at six nutrition sites in Alachua County, Florida. Of the 67 adults who participated in the lesson and completed the evaluation, 70% indicated they learned “A Lot” from the lesson (perceived knowledge gain), and 76% planned to make behavior changes. In addition to asking participants how much they learned, we included specific knowledge questions about fiber (using food pictures from MyPyramid for Older Adults) and key vitamins. After the lesson, 97% correctly identified whole grain cereal as a good source of fiber, while 78% identified beans as a good fiber source. Twenty-six percent incorrectly identified orange juice and 6% incorrectly identified chicken as good fiber sources. When asked to identify the vitamins that should be obtained from fortified supplements, 91% correctly identified vitamin D and 94% correctly identified vitamin B12.

Among the 76% of participants who indicated that they planned to make behavior changes, more adults planned to “drink water and other beverages low in added sugar” (74%) than any of the other changes listed on the evaluation. The remaining planned behavior changes were to “eat food from all five food groups” (66%), “eat more foods with fiber” (57%) and “eat more fortified foods” (49%). In addition, 52% of the participants indicated that they planned to “share what they learned with a friend.”

Pilot testing for MiPlato para Adultos Mayores:

Culturally appropriate nutrition education materials are in high demand for the large and growing population of Latinos in the U.S. This study assessed older Latino adult responses to consumer messages, graphics, and foods included in the draft MyPlate for Older Adults mini-poster for Latinos, MiPlato para Adultos Mayores (MPAM). Six focus groups (FGs) were conducted by trained moderators and a nutritionist observer with a convenience sample of 47 Latinos, 60 years or older, in 3 Florida counties. Two FGs were offered per county (one each in English and Spanish) to 35 women and 12 men, with 5 to 11 participating per FG. Discussions were tape-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for common themes. Participants found MPAM to be informative, appealing, and culturally appropriate. They made recommendations for additional foods including papaya and fresh fish, and reduction in size of the red meat graphic. Daily food group recommendations were found to be practical. Participants liked the variety of silhouettes depicting physically active older adults and consumer messages were found to be clear, useful, and well organized. MPAM is being incorporated into lessons and educational materials for older Latino adults. The mini-poster can be used by nutrition educators to teach MyPlate concepts to older Latino adults in a variety of educational settings. Funding provided by IFAS Dean for Extension, University of Florida.

Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This handout is a helpful teaching tool when working with older adults. The front features the MyPlate icon, containing foods and physical activities that may appeal to older adults. Tips from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that apply to this age group are also included. The back has specific tips listed under each MyPlate food group. The recommendations given are for a 1,800-calorie diet, as opposed to a 2,000-calorie diet. Instead of tips on balance and limiting fats, sugars, and salt, there are tips specific to older adults on eating healthy and staying active.

The handout is printed on high quality, glossy paper, and features bright colors and clear graphics of foods that are easily distinguishable. The font on the back may be a little small and crowded for those with weak eyesight. The resource would be best used with older adults when reviewed either one-on-one or in a class setting.

Availability
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Florida IFAS Extension Bookstore
    Mail: P.O. Box 110310
Gainsville, FL 32611-0011
    Phone: 1-800-226-1764
    E-mail: pub@ifas.ufl.edu
    Ordering: http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 15.00 per 50 copies
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:A 25% discount is available for puchasing 25 or more packets.

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