Nutrition and Food Intake Essays

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NORMAL NUTRITION: FNUTR 1551
ASSIGNMENT: DIET ASSESSMENT and ANALYSIS (25 PTS)

GENERAL INFORMATION
1. Assignment must be completed by the due date. Please check your course syllabus for the due date
2. No late assignments will be accepted.
3. This assignment will entail use of a free, web-based diet analysis program available from MyPlate.gov. Before starting your assignment, it is important that you read all of the directions below, in their entirety, before beginning the assignment.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Completely fill out a one-day 24-hour recall (print and use Food Tracking Worksheet, item #6 on the instructions below)
a. Record all food and beverages eaten in the left column
i. Include what and how much you ate (you will need to measure what you ate, either by cups or a scale, or by determining from the nutrient label)
b. Sort each food in to the correct food group in the middle column
c. Total the ounces or cups for each food group in the right column
i. DO NOT use the values generated by SuperTracker – you need to calculate these on your own
2. Enter your food intake into SuperTracker (see computer instructions below)
a. Generate a ‘Food Groups & Calories Report’
b. Generate a ‘Nutrients Report
3. A minimum two-page, written report on:
a. Your relationship with food and factors that influence your diet (hint – your best and worst food habits) (at least ½ page).
b. Is your diet intake adequate compared with recommendations and how can you can improve your food intake to meet recommendations (be specific – address your deficiencies) (at least 1 ½ pages)
4. WHAT TO TURN IN:
Include all of the following documents in a folder (in the following order):
a. Your Meal Tracking Worksheet
b. A hard copy of ‘Food Groups & Calories Reports’ for your day
c. A hard copy of ‘Nutrients Reports’ for your day
d. Your written report (item 3 above)
e. Grading rubric (page 2 below)

Grading Scheme for Diet Analysis Project Name: ___________________ FNUTR 1551

Section
Requirement
Points
Grade
1
24 hour food record. Food list complete:
Amounts estimated using common portion measures
Mode of preparation listed

5

2
Nutrients Report

3

3
Food Groups and Calories Report

3

4
Written Report
Personal relationship with food and factors that influence diet
Nutrient intake compared with recommended intake and how to improve current diet to meet recommendations (refer to Reports in items 3 and 4 above

5

9

Total Grade

Comment: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Food Record (24-hour) Computer Instructions

To complete this assignment, you will use the USDA’s SuperTracker.

The purpose of the dietary analysis project is to provide students with practical experience in estimation and analysis of dietary requirements. Each student will create a nutritional profile, based on individual data such as height, weight, daily food intake, and activity level. By applying concepts learned in class, students will compare their personal profiles to the current U.S. dietary recommendations, and identify possible areas of improvement relating to diet and health.

STEP 1: Develop your profile and register

1. Go to the website http://www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker-tools.html.

2. Choose ‘Daily Food Plans’.

3. Click on ‘Daily Food Plan’.

4. Enter your information and hit ‘Submit’.

5. Click on ‘Click here to view and print a PDF of a helpful Meal Tracking Worksheet’.

6. Print one ‘My Daily Food Plan Worksheets’ to record your food and the amounts you have eaten.

7. Click on ‘SuperTracker’.

8. Click on ‘SuperTracker’.

9. Click on ‘Create Profile’.

10. Fill in your information in the ‘Personalize Your Profile’ section.

11. Complete the…