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Title:Smart Choices Nutrition Curriculum for Youth
Pub. date: 2008
Includes: Lesson Plans, Fact Sheets, PowerPoint Presentations
Audience: Children, FSNE and EFNEP Eligible Youth Audiences
Language: English, Spanish planned
Description:Smart Choices Youth is a community nutrition education program of the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter for Grades 5- 8. There are 10 complete lessons covering important topics such as label reading, breakfast and snacks, and the food groups. Lessons include PowerPoint slides, handouts, interactive activities, and discussions. The curriculum is based off the Smart Choices curriculum for adults and comes complete in a binder or on a CD-Rom.
Funding Source: Food Stamp Nutrition Education, EFNEP
Details
Developer: Guarino, A.M., Holston, D., Reames, E., Roy, H.
Organization: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Readability: Consumer materials at 5th grade reading level
Pilot Testing: Smart Choices Youth is a community nutrition education program of the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter for Grades 5- 8. There are 10 complete lessons covering important topics such as label reading, breakfast and snacks, and the food groups. Lessons include PowerPoint slides, handouts, interactive activities and discussions. The curriculum is based off the Smart Choices curriculum for adults and comes complete in a binder or on a CD-Rom.
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: The ten lessons each consist of a lesson booklet for educators, two to six fact sheets, and a Power Point slideshow. Also included is the MyPyramid for Kids poster and the "Finding Your Way to a Healthier You" booklet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Each lesson includes a specific learning activity, key concepts, objectives, materials listed, and teaching tips. Throughout the lesson plans, hands on activities and unique games are incorporated. The handouts also contain games, puzzles, fill in the blanks, fast facts, songs, and recipes. Many of the handouts are available as free PDFs online. Other optional activities in the lessons are sold separately.

At the end of most lessons, several questions are included to evaluate students' learning. Lessons also include a short assessment to test how much students know about nutrition before and after the lesson.

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Links to Smart Choices Fact Sheets:: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/communications/publications/Publications+Catalog/Food+and+Health/Smart+Choices+for+Youth/list.htm
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: LSU Agricultural Center Nutrition Programs & 4-H Youth Development
    Contact: Annrose Guarino
    Mail: PO Box 25100
Baton Rouge, LA 70894
    Phone: (225) 578-4449
    E-mail: aguarino@agcenter.lsu.edu
    Ordering: Contact Dr. Heli Roy at hroy@agcenter.lsu.edu for additional PDFs.
    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:cost bundled

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