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|Title:||Playing for Healthy Choices Cards|
|Pub. date: ||November, 2011|
|Includes: ||Playing Cards|
|Audience: ||Multiple Audiences, Adults, Children|
|Description:||“Playing for Healthy Choices playing cards provide physical activity exercises and nutrition information to consumers. These cards are used at trainings, community events, and educational classes providing consumers with easy physical activities that are free and easy to do. Each card has a different exercise on it with instructions on how to preform it safely.”|
|Funding Source: ||Network for a Healthy California|
|Developer: ||Network For a Healthy California|
|Organization: ||California Department of Public Health|
|Length: ||64 cards|
|Assessment instrument Used? ||No|
|Reviewers Comments: ||These cards contain a series of exercises designed to provide an easy way for consumers to add physical activity into their day. The cards are grouped into exercises that target upper body, middle body, lower body, or full body. Included are also ‘wild cards’ which give users a 30 second break and information cards that provide instructions for usage and other relevant information like stretching, nutrition information, warm ups, cool downs, and cautions (e.g. check with your doctor before using cards, etc.). The different body area targets are color coded. Cards can be either shuffled to get a total body workout, or grouped together by color to target a specific body area.
Each activity card has a health-related tip, fact, or question on the front, some of which come from MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This information is not referenced. The back of the card includes details on a specific exercise including instructions on how to perform the exercise, suggested repetitions based on ability levels, and pictures of the exercise. Most pictures, in black and white, are of a person performing the exercise. The people pictured are very diverse in age and race.
Many of the exercises may not be suitable for all audiences. Specifically, many could be challenging for older adults as they involve a great deal of balance and movement. Educators should familiarize themselves with the exercises and proper forms for the exercises before they are used with participants. The only equipment necessary is a chair, while weights are recommended for many exercises. The card deck does not provide a suggested number of exercises to perform for a complete workout; this is left to the educator’s judgment.
These cards could be an addition to a nutrition education class with a variety of audiences. They could be used as a small physical activity break in a class, or as a larger part of an education class, specifically if educators utilized the nutrition information that comes with the series.