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Your Tax Dollars at Work – SuperTracker Looks Up Nutrition Info, Tracks/Compares Food to Your Targets, Tracks Physical Activities, and More

This is the icon for MyPlate which replaced MyPyramid in June 2011. The new MyPlate icon is composed of a plate divided into 4 sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. A dairy section is off the plate to the side. The MyPlate graphic is positioned on a placemat with the website ChooseMyPlate.gov written underneath.

Food-A-Pedia >
Look up nutrition info for over 8,000 foods and compare foods side-by-side.

Type in your food here

Select food category  All Foods  My Favorite Foods  Beverages  Breads, Cereals & Bakery Items  Pasta & Rice  Fruits  Vegetables  Dairy  Meat, Poultry, Fish & Eggs  Meals & Entrees (Mixed Dishes)  Snacks  Fast Foods  Sweets & Desserts

Bag of groceries

Food Tracker >
Track the foods you eat and compare to your nutrition targets.

Type in your food here

Select Food Category  All Foods  My Favorite Foods  Beverages  Breads, Cereals & Bakery Items  Pasta & Rice  Fruits  Vegetables  Dairy  Meat, Poultry, Fish & Eggs  Meals & Entrees (Mixed Dishes)  Snacks  Fast Foods  Sweets & Desserts

Plate of healthy foods

Physical Activity Tracker >
Enter your activities and track progress as you move.

Type in your activity here

Select food category  All Activities  My Favorite Activities  Walking & Running  Conditioning  Sports  Home  Occupation  Other

Sneakers

My Weight Manager >
Get weight management guidance; enter your weight and track progress over time.

Weight scale

My Top 5 Goals >
Choose up to 5 personal goals; sign up for tips and support from your virtual coach.

To-do list

My Reports >
Use reports to see how you are meeting goals and view your trends over time.

Report papers and pie charts

From the 22 December USDA news Release

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2011 – Just in time to help Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions by making healthy food and physical activity choices, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today releasedUSDA’s new nutrition SuperTracker. The SuperTracker is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource available at ChooseMyPlate.gov designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight. Release of this new web tool comes as USDA highlights the second in a series of themed consumer messages supporting the MyPlate icon – Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less – that USDA is promoting the next three months in conjunction with more than 5,000 organizations participating in the MyPlate Nutrition Communicators Network.

“Overcoming the health and nutrition challenges we face as a nation is critical and the SuperTrackerprovides consumers with an assortment of tools to do just that,” said Vilsack. “This easy-to-use website will help Americans at all stages of life improve their overall health and well-being as they input dietary and physical activity choices into the tool. During the holiday season we are surrounded by good food and this is a perfect time to Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less.”

The SuperTracker is a visually appealing, comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource available atChooseMyPlate.gov. It is designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight. Consumers can access this free, on-line tool at anytime and can choose a variety of features to support nutrition and physical activity goals.SuperTracker offers consumers the ability to:

  • Personalize recommendations for what and how much to eat and amount of physical activity.
  • Track foods and physical activity from an expanded database of foods and physical activities.
  • Customize features such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking and journaling.
  • Measure progress with comprehensive reports ranging from a simple meal summary to in-depth analysis of food groups and nutrient intake over time.
  • Operationalize the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • Support family and friends by adding their individual profiles.

December 26, 2011 - Posted by | Nutrition | ,

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