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Title:Eating Smart Being Active
Pub. date: 2007
Edition: Updated 2012
Includes: Curriculum
Audience: Nutrition Educators, Adults, Parents
Language: English, Spanish
Description:Eating Smart Being Active is an evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention curriculum for low-income adults developed by EFNEP staffs at Colorado State University and University of California at Davis. Based on the socio-ecological model and MyPlate, and consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the curriculum is designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to use when teaching low-income families with young children.

The curriculum consists of eight core lessons, each 60 to 90 minutes long, designed to be taught in order. Each lesson includes a food preparation activity, hands-on kinesthetic activities, and a physical activity segment. In addition to the eight core lessons, curriculum developers wrote three maternal and infant nutrition supplemental lessons. These are stand-alone lessons and are designed to be taught to pregnant women and women with young infants. The teaching techniques in the lesson plans of Eating Smart Being Active are based on the adult learning principle including dialogue-based learning and learner-centered education outlined in Dr. Joye A. Norris' book From Telling to Teaching. The lesson plans, activities and participant materials were all developed using these principles. In 2010, ESBA won the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences Educational Curriculum Package/Communications Award, both regionally and nationally"

Funding Source: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
Developer: Susan Baker and Katie McGirr, Colorado State University; Barbara Sutherland and Rita Mitchell, Formerly of University of California-Davis
Organization: Colorado State University, University of California-Davis
Phone: 970-491-2555
Length: Eight core lessons and three supplemental lessons,, 60 to 90 minutes each.
Pilot Testing: In 2007, ESBA was piloted by EFNEP paraprofessionals in four states (CO, CA, IA, SC) for six months. These four states were chosen to provide an opportunity to test ESBA with a variety of diverse audiences/classes. Ethnic diversity, cultural beliefs, and class size were all taken into consideration when choosing the pilot states. Edits were made to the draft curriculum as a result of the pilot, leading to the final version of the curriculum.
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: Eating Smart, Being Active is a tool for educators working with low-income adults who shop and prepare food for their families. This resource features a number of different components including a detailed curriculum guide for educators. The recommended class size is less than 12 and a classroom where food can be prepared is required. A full kitchen is not required; however, a sink would be helpful. Lessons can be adapted depending on the facility, time allotted for the lessons and number of participants.

The curriculum consists of eight sequential lessons each focusing on a specific topic. It is recommended that each lesson is taught in order once a week, over a two-month period. The curriculum was written to follow several adult learning theories. Three supplemental lessons that focus on infant and maternal nutrition are also included. Each of these lessons contains worksheets, a handout, visuals, and enhancements.

The Educator’s Guide is the main resource component. The bulk of the Educator’s Guide consists of the eight lesson plans. Lessons each have their own goals, key messages, targeted food behavior change, participant worksheets and handouts. There are tips to help prepare the lesson for the educator, as well as an outline for each activity or discussion. Each week there is a welcome and review, and participants are challenged to set goals for the coming week. The guide includes information about teaching adults, practical tips on issues that may arise, and advice on creating a welcoming environment and helping participants set attainable goals.

Eating Smart, Being Active has a number of additional components. Most lessons have 3 display visuals which highlight key messages from each of the lessons. Lesson planning and preparation tear sheets feature a checklist for the educator.

Additional components for participants include a booklet that features activity tips, money saving advice, and helpful hints from each of the lessons. The Physical Activity booklet includes low-impact exercises, and at least one photograph to go along with each activity. Another participant enhancement is a cookbook that also features cooking advice and tips. Recipes are divided into chapters that correspond with the lessons. A nutrition facts panel is included for all recipes. The cookbook won the 2012 Award for Public Excellence (APEX) sponsored by the Editors of Writer's Web Watch, published by Communications Concepts, Inc. Finally, participants are also provided with a lesson enhancement as a tool to help them adopt one of the key behaviors taught in the lesson. These incentives include reusable grocery bags, tote bags, an apron, measuring cups, and more.

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Web site in English:
PowerPoint presentation in English providing overview of curriculum, 16.5 MB:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Colorado State University
    Contact: Susan Baker
    Mail: 102 Gifford Building
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1571
    Phone: 970-491-2555
    Ordering: Cost varies depending on materials ordered; items are sold separately, at cost, allowing programs to purchase only the items they choose to use.
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