Diet Tracker Project
Students will use MyFitnessPal or another teacher-approved website to record their food and drink consumption for 10 days. Then students will complete a reflection focused on analyzing if students met their recommended daily nutrition goals and nutrients.
Students will be able to record their food and drink consumption for 10 days.
Students will be able to analyze if their current diet meets recommended daily nutrition goals and nutrients.
Students will be able to provide recommendations to alter their diet to meet recommended daily nutrition goals and nutrients.
NE.BMM.HS.1.17.A Record and analyze foods eaten over a period of time.
NE.HSE.HS.3.11.A Record and analyze foods eaten over a period of time.
NE.HSE.HS.4.15.A Record and analyze foods eaten over a period of time.
- Access to the MyFitnessPal website or app
- Paper or digital copies of the Diet Tracker Project
- A paper copy of Diet Tracker Project Reflection Printer Friendly for each student or digital access of Diet Tracker Project Reflection Digital
- Access to the MyPlate Plan website
Time Required for Lesson:
2 45-minute class periods 11 days apart
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Review how to read the Nutrition Facts Label with the "The Food Label and You: Game Show Review (Are You Smarter Than A Food Label?)" video created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Benefits/Explanation/Career Readiness Standards:
Nebraska Career Readiness Standard 2: Communicates effectively and appropriately
Nebraska Career Readiness Standard 9: Utilizes technology
Nebraska Career Readiness Standard 11: Attends to personal and financial well-being
Activities (i.e. instructions, lesson, lab or project):
- Create accounts on the MyFitnessPal website for each student
- Provide students with a paper or digital copy of the Diet Tracker Project
- Discuss the guidelines and expectations for the project
- Demonstrate how to add meals using the website
- Add food and drinks already consumed for the day
- If possible, give students 5 to 10 minutes each day to record their food and drink consumption from the previous day and already consumed that day.
- Consider using these days to review or teach the Nutrition Facts Label, essential nutrients, macronutrients, and MyPlate
- Provide a paper copy of Diet Tracker Project Reflection Printer Friendly for each student or digital access of Diet Tracker Project Reflection Digital
- Review how to export full food diary reports
- Allow students time to reflect on the project
Reflect as a class about the challenges, ah-ha moments, and lessons learned during this project.
Formative: Rubric provided for the Diet Tracker Project
The project and rubric could be simplified as needed to accommodate students' needs.
This project may present challenges students are facing including but not limited to poverty (i.e. limited access to food), eating disorders, and religious food restrictions (i.e. fasting).
Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)
This lesson just focuses on using a diet tracker and analyzing food and drink intake. This lesson should be supplemented before or during with lessons focusing on the Nutrition Facts label, essential nutrients, macronutrients, and MyPlate.
Please note the reference to commercial products or trade names does not imply endorsement or bias against those not mentioned.