MyPyramid Food Diary Project Nutrition & Food Prep I 1. Go to http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramid/index.aspx put in your specific information to find out what your daily calorie needs are in relation to your sex, age and activity level (be honest!) Write this number down: ___________ 2. Go to http://www.mypyramid.gov/professionals/results_downld.html. Click on your chart by selecting your Calorie needs (written in Step 1). Print out your pyramid chart, attach it to your packet and take this information to fill in your three tracking sheets in your packet!!! Your assignment: You are to track your diet and exercise for the next three days using your tracking sheets. The purpose is to use your recommendations as a guide to a healthy diet for yourself. I understand that some of us don’t choose to make healthy decisions so the most important part of this assignment is to be honest. If you eat 12 Twinkies for dinner, then write it down. If you sat on your tush all weekend, right it down. After you track your diet for 3 days: 1. Make sure your food chart is filled out and you put in any exercise you did. Use your two library days to use the website for the steps below: 2. Go to http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/ 3. Click on the “Assess Your Food Intake” to find out how many calories are in your food choices (Put this on the back of your tracking sheet!) 4. Click on “Assess Your Physical Activity” to find out how many calories you burned with your exercise choices. (Put this on the back of your tracking sheet!) 5. Once you have ALL THREE DAYS FILLED IN: Fill in the Chart Below: (To find your Daily Total of Calories, subtract your calories burned from your calories consumed!) Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Calories Total Calories Total Calories Consumed (Eaten): Consumed (Eaten): Consumed (Eaten): Total Calories Burned Total Calories Burned Total Calories Burned (Exercise): (Exercise): (Exercise): Daily Total of Calories Daily Total of Calories: Daily Total of Calories: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SEE NEXT PAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day 2 in Library 6. When you are finished tracking your diet for three days and collect your calorie amounts: a. Write a one page report outlining your results and experience with this project. (This document should be double spaced and 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font): i. How many days did what you each match your MyPyramid plan? ii. On average, how much did you eat from each food group? Was that more or less than the recommended amount in your plan? iii. Give examples of which of your food choices belong in the widest part of a group's color band on the pyramid? Which would be in the narrow part of the band? (Example: An apple would be in the wide part of the red fruit band because it is high in nutrients; a slice of apple pie would be in the narrow part of the band because, even though it contains fruit, it has a lot of fat and sugar.) iv. How much exercise did you get each day? v. Did keeping the food diaries cause you to make any changes to your diet? vi. What are some of the benefits of tracking your diet? Should everyone track their diet (why or why not)?
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