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Title:Food Smarts: My Pyramid for Kids
Pub. date: 2006
Includes: DVD, also available as VHS
Audience: Children, Grades K-5, Hispanic
Language: English, Spanish
Description:In this video, a group of campers discover the importance of eating right. Using the USDA MyPyramid food guidelines, they learn why some foods are better than others, see how exercise is an important part of any healthful eating plan, and what to do when a particular food makes them groan "yuck!" The video also includes teacher resources on the web and an interactive simulation.
Funding Source: Discovery Education
Organization: Discovery Education
Length: 26 minutes
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: This video teaches children important nutrition concepts MyPyramid for Kids and the Dietary Guidelines. In addition to providing children with nutrition information, the video also features indoor and outdoor games and physical activity, and suggestions for working out at home. Children are encouraged to be active for 1 hour a day.

The video is designed for children in a group setting with an instructor. It can be viewed in short segments (about 2-3 minutes each) or all at once (about 25 minutes). There are five short segments, called curriculum units: A Rainbow of Colors; Fun Phrases for Food Groups; How Sweet It Is; Making Healthy Choices; and Workout. The curriculum units include a pre-viewing question and a post-viewing question before and after the video. These thought-provoking questions are designed to elicit a reflective discussion about the curriculum unit and the nutrition concepts taught.

The children in the video play games to learn and enforce nutrition topics. Many of the games can be easily replicated in a classroom setting, with few extra materials. The DVD also includes a MyPyramid for Kids: Interactive Simulation, where participants can choose various combinations from four different options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and see how their meal stacks up against MyPyramid for Kids. While children can complete the simulation on their own or in a group, an instructor would be helpful as it can be difficult to arrive at the correct combination of meals.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: DVD no. 75
    Go to Request Library Materials
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Discovery Education
    Contact: Katie Derfiny
    Mail: 1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 100
Evanston, IL 60201
    Phone: 800-323-9084
    Ordering: Educators can order by phone or online at
    Order URL:
    Cost: 59.95 per DVD or VHS
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:10 or more copies at 15% off and free shipping

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