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Title:Eating Well, Living Well
Alt. Title:Nutrition Education for ESL Adults
Pub. date: 2008
Includes: Complete curriculum including lesson plans, journal pages, worksheets, visuals, quizzes, activities, and textbook checklist
Audience: Adults, English As-A-Second Language programs, Hispanic, Asian
Language: English
Description:The Eating Well, Living Well curriculum was developed for English as a Second Language (ESL) students in California, following formative research findings that demonstrated a need for nutrition education in this population. The curriculum consists of 26 student lessons, materials, training and resources for adult ESL and other educators for integrating nutrition education into adult ESL programs. All materials and resources are available on the Eating Well, Living Well Web site.
Funding Source: USDA Food Stamp Program through the California Nutrition Network for Healthy Active Families
Developer: Laurie Cozzolino & Nancy Hampson
Organization: San Diego Community College District
Phone: 619-388-4941
Readability: 2nd to 4th Grade
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Reviewers Comments: The curriculum is designed around six standards, teaching students how to:
  • prepare quick, easy and healthy meals
  • eat more fruits and vegetables
  • influence children to eat healthy meals and snacks
  • eat a balanced diet
  • access resources for low cost, healthy foods
  • demonstrate food safety handling practices

There are four language competency levels (Beginning Low, Beginning High, Intermediate Low and Intermediate High), each containing six lessons that address one of the six standards.

Hands on materials (visuals, kits and posters) are not provided and may need to be ordered at a cost. An online handout is available which lists how to obtain them.

In addition to established ESL curricula, this curriculum includes a "behavior change" objective. Students learn to evaluate eating behavior and make changes to meet nutrition needs. Also, each lesson has online journal pages, and students can reflect on their current behavior that is the result of instruction.

Training is available online through three Teacher Training Webcasts. In-person training and conference training presentations may also be available. A "Teacher Background" portion is also included, which provide basic information related to specific lesson content. An additional section of the Web site links to research, resources and other background information related to nutrition.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education Division
    Contact: Nancy Hampson
    Mail: 4343 Ocean View Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92113
    Phone: 619-388-4941
    Fax: 619-388-4989
    Avail. in Qty: No

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