Plastic Fork Diaries

 
Nutrition site give tweens plenty to chew on.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is no advertising on the site. Kids will learn lots of nutritional information, from how many laps they have to swim to work of a cheeseburger, to a recipe for making their own yogurt.

What's it about?

Follow the lives of six middle school kids by reading their diaries, scanning scraps of paper in their lockers, and viewing other bits of ephemera. Each student has his own issues and secrets, and as it turns out, his own relationship with food. This site is a companion to the PBS series. Each episode may be viewed online, adventure-game style. You \"walk\" through the school by clicking on a master map. Along the way you'll discover clues to what's going on with each student. Additional material about each episode is also available on the site.

Is it any good?

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This highly interactive site takes a creative, sophisticated approach to teaching about food and nutrition. In addition to covering basics like calorie intake, PLASTIC FORK DIARIES touches on topics like meat substitutes, the relationship between smell and hunger, and FDA labeling. It's not every day that you find a site for young teens that runs the gamut from the history of cotton candy to the role of food in religious traditions -- and also manages to be coherent, educational, and engaging.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their relationships with food. Parents will find more discussion points in the downloadable activity guide.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byPum Kin April 20, 2011
age 11+
 

Learn to burn calories - I don't recommend

I never even went on the site but when I read the description that it can tell you how many laps to swim to work off a cheeseburger...are you kidding me. Just the information that young girls don't need. If your child has an eating disorder (it can happen as early as 11 - I know mine did) this would be the perfect place to learn how to burn calories.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byAbragail November 5, 2010
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Adult Written byTheMelMonster November 10, 2008
age 12+
 

Amazing!

This is an amazing health site for pre-teens and teens alike. It's relevant, story-driven, and very age appropriate. Plastic Fork Diaries also keeps health interesting by including random (yet important) facts like how to avoid bread mold and the history of the sandwich. Well done!

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