This post was originally written during my 2 1/2 year tenure as a blogger for Health Goes Strong. The site was deactivated on July 1, 2013, but you can read the original blog here.
CALORIES, NUTRIENTS IN FOOD, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MORE CAN ALL BE TRACKED USING NEW ONLINE TOOL
Have you been eating more fruits and vegetables? If so you can credit the USDA and its private sector partners for getting out the message to “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.” That campaign began in September 2011 following the release of the ChooseMyPlate icon, designed to help reshape the nations eating habits.
Now it’s time to take it up a notch.
From January through April 2012 the key message is “Enjoy your food, but eat less.” I love the message because it reinforces the fact that eating is meant to be enjoyed – not something we hear too often from a government program!
The best part about this new campaign is that it comes with a great line up of online tools to help you plan and keep track of your food, fitness and health. It’s called SuperTracker and includes:
Food-A-Pedia – Includes over 8000 foods you can look up to see their nutrient content and make comparisons to other foods
Food Tracker – Lets you enter the foods you eat each day to track your intake and compare it to your nutrition goals
Physical Activity Tracker – Lets you enter your daily activities and tracks your progress
My Weight Manager – Get weight management guidance by entering of your weight and tracking your progress
My Top 5 Goals – Select your personal health goals then sign in for tips and support from a virtual coach
My Reports – Get reports to see progress towards goals and trends over time
All you have to do is login and create a personal profile to take advantage of all these valuable tools and resources. I can’t think of a better way to learn how to “enjoy your food, but eat less.”
See my related post: Weight Control, Healthy Diet and Fitness Are All a Numbers Game