Healthy Eating and Exercise: Putting It All Together with MyPlate.gov
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Running Time: 25 Minutes
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Obesity now affects 17% of all school-age children in the United States—triple the rate from a generation ago! This up-to-date program follows the USDA’s latest Dietary Guidelines and introduces the new MyPlate concept—a brand-new graphic representation of the five food groups which visually helps teens understand the importance of appropriate portion sizes and nutrient-rich food choices. Viewers learn many easy-to-follow strategies for life-long health such as eating less, making at least half of their plate fruits and vegetables, cutting down on salt, drinking more water and making exercise a daily habit. The program emphasizes that a healthy diet should not mean cutting calories, but instead is centered around making the most beneficial food choices while avoiding an excess of salt, sugar and fats.
DVD: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles
This program, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) website, ChooseMyPlate.gov, provides dietary guidelines and a new graphic representation of the five food groups to create an excellent unit for health classes. The statistics are powerful. Obesity affects 17 percent of people today—triple the rate since 1980. The increase in restaurant portion sizes is noted. The film offers a specific example of a teenage boy's eating habits throughout the day, calculating the calories he consumes vs. the calories he burns. It will be eye-opening for students to realize that a McDonald's lunch can contain half of the total calories a teenager should consume in an entire day. The advice on how to eat fewer calories at fast food restaurants (order the small fries and chicken sandwich or a regular hamburger, drink water) is helpful. Teens are advised to eat more fruits and veggies, cut down on salt and sugar, drink more water, and exercise daily. This persuasive film features visually pleasing graphics and beautiful shots of fruits of vegetables that might inspire viewers to turn off the TV and hit the salad bar.
—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College Queens, NY
School Library Journal
Highly Recommended Obesity is quickly overtaking smoking as the leading preventable cause of disease and death in our country. An alarming 17% of teens are overweight, which makes the message of Healthy Eating and Exercise: Putting It All Together with MyPlate.gov all the more timely and important. The video puts the magnifying glass on huge and growing portions. Nutrition experts expose the marketing trends that equate fast food with popularity. Their information makes viewers aware of the dangers of all those extra calories, and guides them to make better food and lifestyle choices. Teens need more food as they grow, but the right foods. The federal government’s new dietary guidelines are highlighted through MyPlate.gov. The science of eating whole grains and fewer processed foods are effectively demonstrated. Viewers are directed to ChooseMyPlate.gov to individualize food and exercise recommendations. Human Relations Media seems to have gotten the formula down for its latest teen releases: around 25-minute length, clear and direct information, no preaching, attractive teen narrators, occasional adult experts, and non-cartoonish, realistic animation/illustration. Healthy Eating continues the success.