Today's Mom

Today's Mom

Podcast available online at New Resources for Nutrition Educators CURRICULA Today’s Mom. Helms S. 2015. Alabama Cooperative Extension S...

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New Resources for Nutrition Educators

CURRICULA Today’s Mom. Helms S. 2015. Alabama Cooperative Extension System, PO Box 519, Andalusa, AL 36420. Curriculum, $325. Today's Mom teaches nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices to moms-to-be. Eating well can help moms-to-be have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies .—Stephanie Helms, author Today's Mom comes nicely packaged in a zippered canvas tote tied with pink and blue ribbons. The materials include a spiral-bound, 6-lesson leader's guide and handouts, colorful posters and visuals, and items needed for some of the games and activities. Evaluation is built on the Web-based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System (WebNEERS) 24-hour Food Recall and Food Behavior Checklist used in Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education programs plus a follow-up phone interview for after the baby is born. Many of the materials can be customized with your own institutional identification and logos. The titles of the lessons—Hello Baby, Building Baby, Feeding Baby, Fun in the Kitchen With Baby, Eating on the Run With Baby, and Welcome Home Baby— reflect the main concept that a healthy pregnancy equals a healthy baby, that you and your baby are one, and the food and lifestyle choices you make as a mom-to-be have a direct impact on your baby's health. Each lesson has a variety of activities including evaluation, discussion, games, and food tasting and preparation outlined in each lesson overview, along with an estimated time allocation for each activity. Games include Fun With Baby: Discomfort Charades, in which participants act out common issues such as morning sickness and hot

flashes. Lessons cover weight gain during pregnancy, label reading, fast food choices, menu planning, food safety, and breastfeeding, along with MyPlate and food group nutrition information. Information on the topics is accurate and up-to-date, but I found that a few more explanations or alternatives would be helpful. For example in the breastfeeding lesson, there is no mention of formula feeding as a healthy option, including the importance of mixing formula correctly. While many professional organizations have advocated breastfeeding as being best for baby, a mom might feel guilty if she thinks she may not form a strong bond with her baby or her baby will not be as smart as a breastfed baby if she chooses not to breastfeed. Some examples of other minor omissions are that there is no mention of fruit drinks, not just sodas, as a source of sugar; there are no examples of foods containing artificial sweeteners in the section on saccharin; and there are few definitions of scientific or medical terms. Many of the recipes use the same ingredients, so ideas for substitutions would be helpful if moms do not have those ingredients at home, cannot afford

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them, or do not like those ingredients. There is a chance for participants to share other ideas for the recipes, but more variety in the recipes would be an improvement. Today's Mom was first developed in 1987 to address the high infant mortality rate in Alabama.1 The current version ‘‘. embraces the teaching method of Set, Say, Show, Do, and Apply.’’ I am concerned about the Say portion of the lessons that tells educators to read much of the text aloud. This makes sense when providing instructions for completing evaluation forms or organizing the games and activities, but most of the key information is also to be read aloud . and there is much of it. In my opinion, if you choose to use this curriculum, instruct educators to break up the text by asking questions and encouraging dialogue when appropriate. You might want to reword some of the text to be more conversational and to offer more concrete examples or explanations of certain terms. I think that the time it takes for each activity may be underestimated. For example, the authors suggest only 10 minutes to complete the 24-hour recall and 5 minutes for some hands-on activities. Each 1-hour session is crammed with information and activities; however, you can tailor session length to your own program needs. The lessons and activities deserve more time for the learning to be interactive, engaging, and personally relevant for your participants who are experiencing one of the most important times of their lives. Linda T. Drake, MS, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Cite this article as Drake LT. Today's Mom [New Resources for Nutrition Educators]. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016;48:752. REFERENCE 1. Struempler B, Tate D, Blount L, Goebel V. Today’s Mom. J Nutr Educ Behav. 1989;2l: 284A.

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior  Volume 48, Number 10, 2016