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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, based on the socio-ecological model. 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. Also, there are three maternal and infant nutrition supplemental lessons.
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, EFNEP paraprofessionals piloted ESBA 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. As a result of the pilot, the draft curriculum was edited, leading to the final version of the curriculum.
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: The Educator's Guide is the main resource component of Eating Smart, Being Active. A classroom where food can be prepared is required. A full kitchen is not required; however, a sink would be helpful. Each lesson has goals, key messages, targeted food behavior change, participant worksheets and handouts. There are lesson preparation tips, as well as an outline for each activity or discussion. Other components include display visuals, which highlight key messages from each lesson, and lesson planning and preparation tear sheets with a checklist for the educator.

A participant booklet, physical activity booklet, and cookbook are also included. The cookbook won the 2012 Award for Public Excellence (APEX) sponsored by the Editors of Writer's Web Watch, published by Communications Concepts, Inc.

View/download files: 
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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    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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