Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nutrition through technology

I'm sure you are aware that the United States is facing an obesity epidemic.  Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity her platform, the State of New Jersey has instituted all sorts of nutritional guidelines for school nutrition, food producers have changed their labels, restaurants need to give caloric information... and yet we all keep gaining weight. 
      Since I have the opportunity to teach nutrition, I thought it would be great to integrate some of the tools that are available to any of use with computers, or smart phones.   Tools are great, and it is important to learn how to use them, so for two days this week my students tracked and analyzed their food intake and physical activity levels on two different web 2.0 tools.  Even though we encountered a few technical glitches, the students were amazed as to how they were eating and they found ways that they could change their daily habits.  I need to para-phrase one of my students when he stated that how could we possibly know we were not eating properly when we don't know what we individually should eat.  GOOD POINT!
Enter these sites to see if you know what you should eat for a healthy diet: mypyramid tracker or Fit Day.
Both allow you to track your daily intake and physical activity.  Lets be great role models for our students!