Analyze day-to-day variation of nutrient intakes:The purpose of this exercise is three-fold. First, it is to increase your awareness of what you eat and how it contributes to your health/well-being. Second, it is to guide you in characterization of your dietary habits and quantification of your nutrient intake. Third, it is to involve you in cooperative work with classmates and help make you more comfortable in participating in class discussions.
Your assignment is to record accurately what, how much, and when you eat for a period of three days total. You will use an on-line tool, “Super Tracker” available at SuperTracker Super Tracker Home.
Each student must submit a report that includes the following: 1 page of Discussion and 3 Nutrients Reports (1 Nutrients Report for each day) from the Super Tracker on-line tool. A hard copy of your report must be in a folder.
Due Date for Individual Diet Report: Thursday, October 12 at the beginning of class. You may turn your report in anytime before the due date.
Plagiarism under any circumstances is not permitted.
Analyze day-to-day variation of nutrient intakes HW
Your discussion should be 1 page, 12-pt double-spaced text with 1”-margins. Please use the following as a guide on what you should include in the 1-page discussion:
Analyze day-to-day variation of nutrient intakes.
Assess how your values compare to the target values.
Discuss the quality of your diet and what changes you might make and why they may be necessary.
Include the factors that you use in determining your food choices.
You will be assigned to a group. The group will prepare a presentation to the entire class discussing the similarities and differences in food habits among the individuals in the group. No written report is necessary for the group. Presentations should be approximately 7 to 8 minutes per group. Make sure you have a copy of your report to help with your group presentation. Reports may not be graded in time for you to have for the group presentation. The dates for group presentations will be announced in class and will be approximately one or two weeks following submission of the individual diet reports.
The Super Tracker is a typical on-line tool. Although it is intuitive and self-explanatory; to streamline the process, below are general directions on how to use the Super Tracker on-line tool from ChooseMyPlate.gov:
First time users:
Create Profile (top right corner or middle of the page on the right right).
Profile Name, Age, Gender, Physical Activity, Height, Weight, Username, Password, Re-Enter Password.
Following times to the website click on Log In (top right corner)
Type in your Username and Password and click Submit.
On the top of the page there is a menu bar, point your mouse to “Track Food & Activity”, you will see a pop-down menu, click “Food Tracker”. This will open your Food Tracker page.
In the middle of the page, you will see a search box. Type in food item and click Go:
You will be given a list of food choices, pick the closest item that you ate or drank.
Type in another food item until you have everything that you ate and drank for that day.
Choose an amount and Choose Meal Time(s)
Click Add (you can see now that your nutritional intakes on this page adjust accordingly and real-time as soon as you click “Add”).
When you are finished entering all of the foods for that day, point your mouse to “My Reports” (the menu bar on the top of the page), you will see a pop-down menu, click “Nutrients Reports”. This will open your Nutrients Reports page. Choose the days you want to create your report for and click “Create Report”. You can now see detailed info on your nutrient intakes. You will need three such reports, one report for each of the three days. This will serve as a basis for your analysis when you write your 1-page report.
On the top of the Nutrients Report page, you can see “Export Report As:”. Choose “PDF” and save it on your computer. When you have all three reports (pdf’s), one for each of the three days, combine them with your 1-page discussion and you are ready to turn it in.
To streamline the process, I suggest that you analyze your foods every night for the three-day period, save your Nutrients Report for each day as a pdf on your computer and then on the last day analyze the three Reports, write the 1-page Discussion and you are ready to turn it in.
I hope you find this project useful and practical for your everyday life. The Super Tracker from ChooseMyPlate.gov is:
Contains likely the most up-to-date and the most comprehensive nutritional info.
Un-biased because it comes from the governmental agency that does not sell anything.
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