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Title:2013 Nutrition and Fitness Calendar
Alt. Title:Healthy and Homemade
Pub. date: March 2012, Updated 2013
Includes: Calendar
Audience: Multiple Audiences, Hispanic
Language: English and Spanish
Description:This is a 12-month full-color wall calendar designed for low resource audiences. Each month features a taste-tested recipe with nutrition analysis, menu ideas, and tips for increasing fitness levels. The 2013 calendar theme is "Healthy & Homemade" and versions are available in both English and Spanish. Previous years’ calendars have been used in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), Farmer's Market Nutrition Education, and others. Placing your quantity order by Wednesday, June 15, 2012 enables you to pay the discounted price of $.80 per copy (minimum: 100 copies).
Funding Source: Iowa State University Cooperative Extension
Developer: Peggy Martin
Organization: Iowa State University Extension
Phone: 515-294-1511
Length: 12 month, 28 page calendar
Readability: 4th Grade
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: This fun and functional calendar is a useful resource for both professional and nutrition education audiences of all ages. It can be used with participants in combination with other resources as a teaching tool or as a stand alone resource. It can also be distributed to families to use in their homes, or as a token of appreciation to volunteers and others who contribute to an existing nutrition education program.

The “Healthy & Homemade” calendar each month features a healthy recipe that a whole family can enjoy and prepare together. Recipes are appropriate for both the seasoned and the inexperienced cook, with clear instructions and simple words used to describe the food preparation process. Food safety is incorporated into the recipe steps, making it a great reinforcement of food safety lessons. Recipes include seasonal, low cost, readily available and culturally acceptable ingredients. Most of the recipes can be made quickly and easily, with basic equipment and appliances. The recipes were all analyzed used Nutritionist Pro and include nutritional information in the form of the familiar Nutrition Facts panel, which will help participants practice label reading skills.

In addition to recipes, users of the calendar will learn new ways to increase physical activity with monthly fitness tips and a daily and monthly fitness record. Daily physical activity can be written in a small box next to each day, totaled and recorded in a designated space at the bottom of the month’s page. Another designated space on each month’s page asks users to add up the number of days they were active.

To enhance each recipe, high-quality photos are both eye-catching and enticing. The page layout design is simple and uncluttered, with easy to read font. There is space on the back cover to include local program information. This calendar can be a worthwhile tool to help families and individuals implement new eating and exercise behaviors.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Iowa State University Extension Distribution Center, Iowa State University
    Mail: 119 Printing and Publications Building
Ames, Iowa 50011-3171
    Phone: (515) 294-5247
    Fax: (515) 294-2945
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 0.80 per calendar
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:At least 100 copies must be ordered to take advantage of this order. If you order 500 or more copies, your university or organization name will be added to the back cover.

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