One side is the typical American diet of fast food and sugary beverages. The other side is a healthier eating pattern filled with nutrient-dense, less-processed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.
Which Side are You On? uses more than 50 professional photographs of real food to compare the two sides.
This is a great way to do nutrition education for visual learners, people with low literacy, or any audience you want to impress. They will appreciate the picture comparisons and the messages will be easy to remember.
Use Which Side are You On? to teach:
Older adults at a senior center or retirement community.
Parents of young children (maybe for parent’s night at a child care center or elementary school).
Middle, high school, or college students or student-athletes.
Bonus – it’s only about 20 minutes long, leaving you plenty of time for Q&A or a cooking demo!
There’s also a Which Side are You On? poster. The poster and the PowerPoint come with our Fast and Lean Meal Planner Handout, which will help your audience start choosing the healthy side for all their meals right away.
Even if you’re not a history nerd, you’ll want to download our latest free handout – the history of nutrition timeline. The link is permanently located at the top of our Nutrition Month Theme Page. It’s so interesting to see how our field has evolved from the early 20th century to now. Here are some things that stand out to me:
The first half of the 20th century was pretty much dedicated to the discovery and study of micronutrients, with vitamin B1 (thiamine) being the first discovered in 1910, iodine added to salt in 1924, vitamin D added to milk in 1933, and flour enriched with vitamins and minerals in the 1940s. By 1950, all the vitamins had been discovered.
Introduced in 1911, Crisco was the first manufactured food product to contain trans fat. It wasn’t until 2015 that the U.S. government determined that trans fat is unsafe.
The Clean Plate Club wasn’t something invented by nagging parents! It was an actual government campaign to get citizens to not waste food during World War II.
MyPlate, which launched in 2011, has plenty of predecessors: the Basic Four in the 60s and 70s, the Food Wheel in 1984, the Food Guide Pyramid in 1992, and MyPyramid in 2005.
When we wanted to create a poster about water we defined the art style first. It had to be simple yet enticingly beautiful. Water is one of the greatest resources and our bodies are made mostly of water. By choosing water over the other sweetened beverages individuals can really dig in on a path of better health.
Plus the poster had to have a scientific infographic format.
So we sketched up the data and the specs and gave it to our best graphic artist. When he came back with this one I knew we had a winner.
Here is a visual tour with a list of the lessons:
The title is so gorgeous it makes water look better than soda, at least on paper!
You need 9 cups a day because your body uses water for many important functions! Now we are giving them a reason to do more of something instead of less!
And your body is comprised of 60% water!
Water is found in many beverages but be careful of added sugars:
Every system in your body uses water!
The water poster is ready to go in the NutritionEducationStore.com now – along with many other items that will match such as stickers, bookmarks, banners, and wristbands.