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Personalized Nutrition Analysis Project
Mastery objective:  You will be able to utilize a nutritional tracking program from the USDA to get statistics about your eating habits and then you will analyze your personalized statistics.
Step 1: Research & Data Collection: You will be using information from class as well as data provided by entering all the food eaten during one 24 hour period in the USDA food tracker.
  • You should have your BMR calculation and your food log.  If you forgot your BMR calculation, please calculate it using the directions at the bottom of this page.
  • Food log - make sure that your food log contains specific ingredients and quantities. 
  • Nutrition Tracker from the United States Department of Agriculture -
    • Click on CREATE PROFILE. (once you have a log in, simply log in) 
    • Login Screen. Enter all the required information. Write down your username and password so you do not forget it. Click SUBMIT. 
    • Once logged in to your SuperTracker Profile page – click on FOOD TRACKER.  
    • Once you have the date set, start entering your foods.  
    • Enter each food item you have eaten that day in the search box. From the list, select the food or drink. Be sure to enter all foods and drinks for the day.  
    • For each item, select the amount (number and size) and select either BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER or SNACK.  
    • Fill in all items that you ate for that day.      
  • Change the date and enter your foods for the remaining two days.
  • After you have entered the food and drink for all 3 days into the tracker, click on MY REPORTS (at the top).  Examine the following reports:   
    • Food Groups and Calories 
    • Nutrients 
    • History             
      • Total Calories
      • Empty Calories
      • Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy
      • Protein
    • Record how many PROTEIN, FAT and CARB CALORIES (you will need this for the analysis)    
Step 2: Analysis: You will then interpret these results and present them in a document by creating a chart/table outlining the findings (as described in detail below) as well as a written reflection and analysis. (50 points total)
  • Analyze your results and present the findings in a word document or Google doc
  • Create a chart or table to present the following information and analysis:
    • Your BMR number - 5 points
    • Food log - 5 points
    • Food analysis for THREE DAYS:
      • Calories (total, empty, etc.) - be sure to add the calories from each meal and all snacks - (5 points)
        • Protein
        • Carbohydrates
        • Fat
      • Balance of calories by day - what percentage of your total calories (for the ENTIRE DAY) were from Protein, Carbs and Fats? (10 points)
        • Make sure that your results are in calories, not grams (if not, convert using chart from class)
        • Protein should be about 12%
        • Carbs should be about 60%
        • Fat should be less than 30%
  • Write 2-3 paragraphs analyzing your results and findings on the following topics/issues: (20 points)
    • Summarize the findings
    • How did your intake of calories compare to your BMR requirement?
    • Was your diet balanced (protein, carbs and fat within the balance guidelines and percentages)?  Explain how it was or was not. 
      • Why do you think your diet was or was not balanced?
      • What can you do to improve the nutritional balance of protein, carbs and fat?
    • What did you think of this project and the findings? 
    • How will you utilize the findings to improve your diet and health?
  • Cite any sources you used to find information - 5 points.  
    • For the information from the SuperTracker, cite: "SuperTracker Home." SuperTracker Home. US Department of Agriculture, n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2015. <> .   
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Jaime M. Fauver,
Dec 22, 2014, 6:02 AM