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Title:Creating Healthy Families
Alt. Title:Familia sana, familia feliz
Pub. date: 2007
Edition: 1st
Includes: DVD
Audience: Nutrition Educators, multi2
Language: English, Spanish
Description:“In four separate video segments, this DVD shares ideas for selecting healthy foods when shopping, cooking with children and appropriate serving sizes, planning a family meal at a restaurant and healthy snack choices.”
Funding Source: Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program, University of California Cooperative Extension, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, California State University Agricultural Research Initiative, California Polytechnic State University
Developer: Lisa Nicholson, Lenna Ontai, Shirley Peterson, Holly Pong, Johanna Kammerer
Length: 18 minutes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: This entertaining and upbeat video can be a helpful tool for educators working with low income parents. The video includes four short segments on different topics that can be viewed individually or all at once. Segment topics include cooking with children, planning ahead, eating out, and smart snacking. Each segment is about 4 minutes long and promotes three simple tips: “Setting Limits”, “[Take] Time To Explore” and “Spend Time Together”. Segments are positive and encouraging for parents, and include constructive information on how to get children to eat and enjoy healthy foods, inside and outside the home.

Filmed in three different settings, a fast food restaurant, a supermarket, and a home, the video shows how to plan in advance and help keep their children healthy in a variety of situations. The video segments stress that all families are different and it is important for parents to use what works for them. It encourages parents to introduce new foods slowly, be good role models and also act as gatekeepers for their children. Parents are also urged to let children help prepare meals and snacks and to talk to their children about different foods, tastes, and colors. Important concepts, such as hand washing, portion size, identifying healthy items, and family mealtime are included.

The video is of professional quality and has adequate sound quality and pacing. Music and animation is appropriate. Continuity is maintained between segments by repetition of some video clips and the three simple tips. The video can be shown all at once, but it may be best to use each segment individually or to stop the video between segments and review the topic with participants.

“Creating Healthy Families” uses principles from “MyPyramid”, which should be reviewed prior to viewing the video. In addition, participants viewing the video should also be familiar with basic label reading skills. The video does include brand names and explains that to simplify information, trade names of products and/or company names have been used, however, no endorsement is intended. The families included in the video do not reflect racial diversity. Both mothers and fathers are acknowledged as caretakers and food preparers. The video includes both Spanish and English on one DVD.

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. 239
    Go to Request Library Materials
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Contact: Joanne P. Ikeda
    Mail: UC Communication Services 6701 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608
    Phone: (800) 994-8849 (510)-642-2431
    Fax: (510) 643-5470
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 35.00 per DVD
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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