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Sizing Up America?

The AAFCS committee “Taking it to the Streets” is having a great time taking an “old” subject (fighting obesity) and making it come alive with new twists. 

Since this is not a new concept I am confident that you are utilizing material that is readily available and not trying to re-invent the wheel.  Did you go to the AAFCS conference in Minnesota in 2004?  Do you remember the title of the conference, “Sizing up America”?

There were many of the FACS components that we teach and use as FACS professionals covered during the conference but one of the memorable moments was the presentation of  Sizing Up America Public Policy Deliberation Guide talking about obesity in America.  ( Developed by: Sue Williams, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University;  Jan Hartough, M.S., Michigan State University Extension; Sue Miles, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus), West Virginia & Cornell Universities; Bonnie Braun, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park)

This guide is written in simple, clear language and I find it quite easy to follow.  I hope you'll view the guide as a starting point for a discussion in your community or classroom. 

In relation to that deliberating, I love the Portion Distortion banner, poster and tablet that LZX has available.  This visual image tells it all when trying to show students how increased portion sizes have increased America’s size. 


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