Activity 1: Dietary Knowledge Timeline

  • Picture of six food guidance systems (FGS) -- from 1940s, 1950s, 1970s, 1990s, 2005, and 2011
  • Paper and Pencils
  • Copies of handouts: "A Brief History of USDA Food Guides" and "Comparisons Between Traditional and Modern Recipes" (one per family)
  • Optional: 2-3 cookbooks for each family from the past 40 years and 2-3 current cookbooks with similar recipes

Activity 2: Back to the Future: Food Time Capsule

  • Pens/pencils
  • Extra sheets of paper
  • 3 large envelopes
  • Laminated pictures of historically diverse, food-related items to put in "time capsules"

Activity 3: Balancing the Sugar

  • Measuring teaspoons
  • 1 or 2 5-lb bags of sugar
    (depending on number of participants, allow for 1/2 bag per family)
  • Bowls or Ziploc baggies
  • Food labels for each food item to be discussed
  • Fast food and regular food composition tables
  • Calculator (one per group)
  • Copies of the handout:
    "How Much Sugar is in the Foods We Eat?" (one per family)

Activity 4 (optional): Portion Distortion

  • One bell for each team
  • Markers
  • Flipcharts and flipchart paper
  • 5 Portion Distortion handouts
  • Handout: "Strategies to Control Portion Distortion while Eating Out"
  • Prizes for winner

ACTIVITY 5 (optional): Baking -- Now and Then

All materials for this activity depend on recipes used.

  • Hand mixer (rotary beaters, non electric)
  • Flour sifter
  • Dough mixer
  • Baking pans
  • Kitchen facility with oven and sink, microwave and convection oven
  • 1 recipe and 1 prepared mix for the same item

Activity 6: Sharing Visions

  • Pens/ Pencils
  • Copies of the handout: "Sharing Visions -- How We Learn Together about Food and Nutrition" (one per family).

Take Out Activity: The Family Meeting

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging