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Title:MyPyramid: Simple Steps to Healthy Living
Pub. date: 2006
Includes: DVD, also available as VHS
Audience: Multiple Audiences, High School, Grades 9-12
Language: English, Spanish
Description:Learn how the USDA MyPyramid food guidelines can help every individual achieve the right balance of proper nutrition and exercise. This video explores the six basic food groups and shows how families make sure they eat enough whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Teacher resources to go along with the video are also available on the web.
Funding Source: Discovery Education
Organization: Discovery Education
Length: 15 minutes
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: This video provides a quick, concise overview of the principles represented in MyPyramid and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. It can be viewed all at once (about 15 minutes), or in short segments (about 2-3 minutes each). The segments divide the video into 5 chapters: MyPyramid; Grains; Fruits and Vegetables; Oil, Dairy, Meat and Beans; and Exercise and Water. Viewing only the segments may be useful in a classroom setting, so the class can stop and discuss each segment before moving on. The video can be viewed in English or Spanish, and with or without subtitles. Each segment features energetic music and colorful animation as well as live action scenes.

The video was designed for grades 9 to 12, but would also be useful with adults and older adults. Recommended total amounts needed for each food group are provided for adults, age 19 to 50 years old. It is important to note any variations in recommendations when using this video with other groups. Caloric amounts are provided for different age groups. Based on MyPyramid, a 25 year old female needs 2200 calories, not 2000 calories as shown in the video.

Children and families are featured prominently in the video. Children are encouraged to get one hour of physical activity a day, and like adults, make gradual changes toward better health. Note: To avoid choking, it is advised babies are not fed grapes and large pieces of raw fruit as is displayed in the video.

Parts of the video take place in the grocery store. Some brand items may be visible or identifiable. The prices of the items may not reflect current prices at the supermarket based on region and time of the year.

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. 74
    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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