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Fun Tools To Teach Wellness: A Resource Roundup

Visit Shaping Youth’s  “nutrition/wellness” category for articles/links/updates on media and food marketing in pop culture.

Here are a  few favorite digital tools and wellness resources which we repeatedly use in our Dare to Compare: Gross Out Game for Good Nutrition hands-on wellness games. 

Food for Thought: Health Literacy

Brian Wansink Ph.D. Food & Brand Lab:

            Teaching Toolbox on his site Mindless

            Fun “One Page Wonders in-class activities

            Full Class Session Modules free health literacy games

Food “Find out what’s really in your food” (ingredients/allergens/claims)

Digital Interactive food & beverage marketing case studies (industry tactics)

Food 125+orgs/academics working to eliminate harmful food marketing

Healthy School Foods Now: Interactive look at new school meal/snack standards

CSPI Center for Science in the Public Interest food analysis, policy/advocacy

Nutrition Action Newsletter CSPI’s subscriber-based health literacy

Prevention Institute: Claiming Health: Front of package labeling of children’s foods         

Infographics, Visual Insights, Interactives, Digital Tools

RWJF/Pew School Snacks handy infographic Healthy School Foods

School lunch interactive: Calculating the cost/choices w/set amount of lunch money

CSPI: Is Menu Labeling Working?

Media Smarts, Canada: Interactive unit: food marketing on the web (bkgd for educators)

PBS Kids: Don’t Buy It, Get Media Smart (food advertising tricks, design a cereal box)

Smart Mouth: CSPI factoids/kids site

Nourish Interactive health games, teaching aids, nutrition tools health games, edu/research/role play, creators of Escape from Diab

How Obesity Harms a Child’s Body and fast food A-Z nutrient charts

Nutrition Calculators/Comparisons

Children’s Nutrition Research Ctr/Baylor: healthy eating calculator/energy

Nutrition Data: (Self) Conversions, calories, nutrients

Local   Find a farmer’s market near you

Eat This, Not That Kids food menu grades

Cybraryman: Calculators and nutrition in schools/link list

Latest Policy/Research, Fact Sheets/Articles (2013 presentation)

USDA New policy: Smart Snacks in School (synopsis)

USDA Food & Nutrition School Snacks Full Document: June 28, 2013 (54pp pdf)

World Health Org June ‘13: Marketing Junk Food to Kids: “Disastrously Effective”

World Health Organization: Sodium intake for adults/children: (53pp pdf)

FTC Updated Report (M.Nestle/summary) Food Marketing to Kids (356pp pdf)

ThinkProgress: American Heart Assn Study: 80% of US teens on way to heart disease

Healthland Time: What the New USDA Healthier Snack Rules Mean for Schools

NYTimes, Feb ‘13: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food v Michael Moss’ new book “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us”

Prevention Institute: The Facts on Junk Food Marketing and Kids

10 Gross Food Finds Ingredients In Your Food (useful in counter-marketing games)

New Stanford study published in Psychological Science: Nutritional awareness through food-themed stories helps preschoolers eat healthier voluntarily

Best Practices & Handful of Wellness Resources:

No Kid best practices in nutrition education

Choose My  (replaces My Pyramid)

NIH kids: Portion distortion, serving size quizzes

NIH, Weight of the Nation

CDC Health Literacy Goals, standards, activities by region/state

FDA Updated Food Labeling Guide details on nutrition labels & health claims

The Food Studies Institute K-4 “Food is Elementary” health literacy

Healthy safer foods, environmental info on chem cuisine/kids

Food and culinary resources for health educators

Help Nutrition/healthy eating guide for children/teens (overview)

Nutrition Vision consumer/pro resources for digital health Activity meter (fee-based accelerometer/health gamification) Hope Labs

Weasel Words/Watch Words for Teaching Health Literacy to Kids

 “Part of…”     (a balanced diet)

                        (a healthy breakfast)

The taste of real…”(butter, cheese, fruit…)

Supports, enhances, maintains, suppresses (hedging on product claims, NO FDA guidelines…Also note “Structure/function claims”…examples:

Optimizes               (bone health…)                      

Helps promote        (urinary health)                       

Maintains               (healthy lung function)          

This evidence is not conclusive” (beware of disclaimers, especially after wordy FDA ‘preliminary evidence’ scientific sounding product claims)

Dietary supplements (lots of fuzz, unregulated)

Portion distortion (One bag of “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos”= 3 servings, 760mg of sodium!)