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The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and
Fitness Decisions


Power of ChoiceThe Power of Choice was developed by HHS' Food and Drug Administration and USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. It is intended for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents. Everything you need to know is in the Leaders' Guide, including most activity materials. It's full of quick, simple things to do with kids; many activities take little or no pre-planning. A CD containing 10 interactive sessions based on four posters. Included in the Leader's Guide are a recipe booklet, parent letter, and Nutrition Facts cards. The CD also contains additional activities, tips for improved communication with adolescents, a training video for the adult leaders, and a song for pre-teens.

Printed: January 2003

Distributed: only upon request.

Available: to organizations participating in USDA's Child Nutrition
Programs by using the printed order form [PDF] or the
email order form.

CD Contents

  • Slide Show Overview [PDF]
  • Song: The Power of Choice [MP3]
  • Video: It's All About You [MPG - 419 megs]
  • Leader's Guide [PDF]
  • Introduction and Table of Contents
  • It's Up to You
  • Get Up and Move!
  • Helpings vs. Servings
  • Are You Label Able?
  • Tastes Great, Less Fat!
  • Make Drinks Count!
  • Snacks: "Chews" for Health
  • Your Fast Food Order?
  • Urge to Splurge?
  • What's New?
  • Reproducible Materials and Posters
  • Additional Sources of Information [PDF]
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