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Title:Spending Your Calorie Salary: Tips for Using MyPlate
Alt. Title:"Spending Your Calorie Salary" PowerPoint and Handout
Pub. date: Updated 02/2012
Includes: PowerPoint, related handout
Audience: Multiple Audiences, Adults, Older Adults
Language: English
Description:"The USDA's MyPlate symbolizes a simple, personalized approach to remind consumers to make healthy food choices and be active every day. Think of MyPlate as a “calorie salary" guide than helps you get hte most health and enjoyment from what you eat. Plan calories the same as major expenses — a car, house, vacation, etc".
Funding Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Developer: Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Beverly Benes, PhD, RD
Organization: University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, Nebraska Department of Education
Length: 102 slides, 2-page handout
Pilot Testing: Reviewed by several potential end-users and tested with target audiences before it was made available to the public.
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This presentation and related handout use a framework that compares planning your diet to planning a budget. There are four basic “budgeting” steps, based on MyPlate recommendations. A great introduction to nutrition for a group that is not already familiar with nutrition concepts, this resource covers all of the basics of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Presentation topics are broad and varied, ranging from MyPlate and what it represents to consuming supplements to focusing on different food groups to added sugars.. Although topics are wide-ranging, the presentation flows smoothly as it follows the “budgeting” framework, which is referred to throughout. For more specific lessons, educators may choose to use only certain slides or portions of the presentation, or tailor it for their own use. The handout is a useful review of the concepts gone over in the presentation.

Graphics in both the presentation and the handout include screenshots taken from MyPlate, photographs and clipart. Some of the slides in the presentation include animation, and there are many quotes throughout. Several of the slides also appear in other presentations, including Meet the Grain Group and Spending Your Calorie Salary: Youth Version. Information is attributed to its source at the bottom of the slides. One of the slides includes a photograph of a branded item.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County
    Contact: Alice Henneman
    Mail: 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Ste. A
Lincoln, NE 68528-1507
    Phone: (402) 441-7180
    Fax: (402) 441-7148
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    Cost: 0.00 per slides
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Download free of charge off the Internet.

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