My Plate for My Family

My Plate for My Family

Podcast available online at www.jneb.org New Resources for Nutrition Educators WEB SITE MyPlate for My Family. SnapEd Connection, Anderson J, Nation...

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New Resources for Nutrition Educators

WEB SITE MyPlate for My Family. SnapEd Connection, Anderson J, National Agricultural Library. 2014. Available at no cost at: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/ resource-library/nutrition-educationmaterials-fns/myplate-my-family. Accessed December 18, 2014. Resource for SNAP-Ed nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts based on recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Designed for parents and caregivers who are SNAP participants or people eligible for SNAP who play a key role in planning, purchasing, and preparing foods or their families. Includes educator and participant resources to assist community providers, educators, and professionals in their efforts to improve eating and physical activity behaviors.—SNAPEd Connection Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) is increasingly focused on transitioning its nutrition education content away from knowledge-based promotion toward behavior-focused, actionable strategies. The MyPlate for My Family program provides an informal context in which parents with children aged 2–18 years are oriented to basic nutrition concepts outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).1 More importantly, it does so by concentrating on certain action-oriented goals: (1) to eat all 5 food groups every day, (2) to eat fewer solid fats and added sugars and less sodium, and (3) to increase physical activity with the family. The program is available on the SNAP-Ed Connection Web site in a user-friendly format similar to the rest of the Web site’s content. The 5 sections include educator materials, participant

handouts in English and Spanish, marketing materials, and optional handouts. The educator’s handbook briefly outlines the program, including highlights of the DGA, promotion of Choosemyplate.gov, an overview of program materials, and directions for further instruction when working with lower literacy levels or Spanish speakers. The material aligns mostly with a fifth-grade reading level. Handouts are no longer than 2 pages, contain a good mix of content-related images and short, action-oriented paragraphs, and often display a recipe. MyPlate for My Family consists of 4 45-minute discussion sessions for 5–7 participants. Discussion topics and handouts for each session support the 3 behaviorspecific goals of the overall program with behavioral objectives to be completed by participants each session. Unfortunately, the discussion guide does not instruct the educator to follow up with participants about completion of their self-prescribed goals from the previous session(s). Adding this as a followup discussion question would help the

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educator gain an understanding of participants’ progress and provide an opportunity to address barriers to behavior change as they appear. It is highly recommended that educators become familiar with Choosemyplate.gov and SNAP-Ed Connection before implementing the program. This will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the topics to be discussed, as well as identify useful resources or activities that can supplement learning needs. An evaluation or survey is not provided for this program. Agencies that implement SNAP-Ed can use the SNAP-Ed evaluation guidance to deliver an evaluation for this program in their state (http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/ default/files/SNAPEDWaveII_Guide.pdf). A final suggestion is to provide each participant with a binder for all materials. This way, participants are more likely to keep the information and reference it during and after the program. Overall, MyPlate for My Family is a convenient, introductory program that adheres to the evidence-based principles in the DGA, yet provides flexibility for educators to tailor the program to their audience. With appropriate preparation and technical support, it could also be delivered by a variety of community providers in a train-the-trainer format. Whitney N. Ajie, MS, SNAP-Ed Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension, 700 S Airport Dr, Springfield, IL 62707 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2015.04.326

Cite this article as Ajie WN. MyPlate for My Family [New Resources for Nutrition Educators]. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015;47:485.e5. REFERENCE 1. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th ed. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office; 2010. http://www.health. gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuide lines2010.pdf. Accessed May 18, 2015.

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