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Healthy Eating and Exercise: Putting It All Together with MyPlate.gov

2012
Distributed by Human Relations Media, 41 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 800-431-2050
Produced by Peter Cochran
Directed by Peter Cochran
DVD, color, 25 min.
Grade 7 - College
Health, Food, Exercise, Teens


Reviewed by Gerald Notaro, St. Petersburg, Florida

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
 
Date Entered: 5/3/2012

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.