Dietary Intake Assessment

Dietary Intake Assessment

Dietary intake is a lifestyle factor that has a large effect on health and wellness. After reading the required and recommended materials, assess your dietary intake by tracking your diet and using appropriate tools to review it.

To begin, keep a record of your food intake for one day. You may use the sample Food ‘n’ Mood Journal or create something similar on your own. Assessing your food intake can help you determine which nutrients you are consuming in excess and which nutrients you need more of. Be sure to include serving sizes and all beverages consumed.
Next, go to the USDA’s Choose My Plate website. Locate and click on the SuperTracker link which is located under Popular Topics on the left-side of the homepage. On the SuperTracker homepage, create a profile by clicking on Add Profile in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. By creating a profile, your current health information will be saved for future use. Additionally, you can use the My Top 5 Goals section to set your desired health and fitness goals. This will then reflect in your My Plan section, by showing you your target daily food and activity requirements.

Super Tracker Homepage

Next, click on FoodTracker, which is located in the square in the middle of the homepage beneath the center page heading. Here you can enter the food that you recorded in your daily journal. If you need to enter ingredients for a particular item or dish (like a breakfast smoothie), click on the Create a Combo button, which is next to the Meals heading and daily calorie count in the center of the page.

Food Tracker Page
Once all your food and beverages have been entered for the day, your completed SuperTracker chart will look similar to this example:

SuperTracker Chart

Pay attention to the Daily Food Group Targets section and also click on and review the Intake Nutrient Report (under the graph). The analysis in your video journal should contain two parts.

Part 1: Assess your diet by addressing the points below:
€¢How does your fat and caloric intake compare with the target levels?
€¢What vitamins and minerals fell below the target level?
€¢How does your protein intake compare with the target level?
€¢Explain the importance of consuming the following: ?Minerals
?Vitamins
?Carbohydrates
?Water
?Protein
?Fiber
?Fat
Part 2: Examine the effects of your diet on your health and wellness by addressing the following in your video YouTube journal entry:
€¢I was surprised to learn that ______________.
€¢What effects does your diet have on your health and wellness?
€¢Does your dietary intake protect you or increase your health risks? Explain.
€¢Explain two ways you could improve your diet.
Required Text
Anspaugh, D. J., Hamrik, M. H., & Rosato, F. D. (2011). Wellness concepts and applications. (8th ed.). New York: NY, McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

ISBN: 9780078022500/(e-book)ISBN: 9781121875524

Required Resources

Required Text
1.Chapter 6: Forming a Plan for Good Nutrition
2.Chapter 7: Understanding Body Composition
3.Chapter 8: Achieving a Healthy Weight and Body Composition
Websites
1.United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). (n.d.). Choose my plate. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov
2.United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). (n.d.). SuperTracker. Retrieved from https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx

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