By Rita R. Robison
Just in time to help Americans follow through with their New Year's resolutions, SuperTracker, a new web tool, is being launched to assist consumers as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight.
"Overcoming the health and nutrition challenges we face as a nation is critical and the SuperTracker provides consumers with an assortment of tools to do just that," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.
"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,” Vilsack said. “During the holiday season we are surrounded by good food and this is a perfect time to enjoy your food, but eat less."
The web tool is the second in a series of consumer messages supporting the MyPlate icon – Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less – that USDA is promoting over the next three months with more than 5,000 organizations participating in the MyPlate Nutrition Communicators Network.
The SuperTracker, available at ChooseMyPlate.gov, can help consumers choose a variety of features to support nutrition and physical activity goals. It offers them the ability to:
- Personalize recommendations for what and how much to eat and amount of physical activity.
- Track foods and physical activity from a database of foods and physical activities.
- Customize features such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking, and journaling.
- Measure progress with reports ranging from a meal summary to an analysis of food groups and nutrient intake over time.
- Put into operation the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.
- Support family and friends by adding their individual profiles.
The SuperTracker complements the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! initiative and provides information to help health professionals, nutrition educators, and consumers build healthier diets to combat epidemic rates of overweight and obesity.
Additional consumer messages in the months to come will include Drink Water Instead of Sugary Drinks; Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole Grains; and Avoid Oversized Portions.
ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.