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Purpose

In short, the purpose of these assignments is to practically apply what you are learning in your day-to-day life.


Assignment Components

Assignments 1 and 6

The only task for you in these two assignments is to answer a series of questions. Assignment 1 will assess your current understanding of nutritional topics, and will allow you to examine your current dietary practices. Assignment 6 will involve a reflection of what you learned via the course and the dietary analysis assignments.

Please complete both of these assignments using complete sentences. More specific instructions can be found in the assignment pages.

Assignments 2-5

In assignments 2-5 you will have two tasks and a “challenge”:

Task 1- Food Log

You will complete a 3-day food log during Weeks 2-5 of the course. We are doing 3 days in order to get a basic understanding of our eating trends, although you are welcome to track for more days in order to have more robust data.. You can choose which consecutive days you complete the log; however, I would strongly encourage you to do the log between Monday and Friday since we are generally more consistent in our eating habits during these days (example- parties and other celebrations are more likely to occur on weekends).

You will be responsible for recording a list of the foods/beverages from each meal/snack, as well as their serving sizes and nutrients. Students have several options for accomplishing this:

  1. Using the Word document provided for the week 2-5 assignments.
    1. I have created a space for you to record your meals, and specify which nutrients you need to track for that particular week.
    2. Pros of this optionThis option is best for students who are less comfortable using technology, and would prefer a simpler form of tracking. This also provides students the opportunity to print the document for easy recording access throughout the day.
    3. Cons of this optionNutrition analysis is done manually. In other words, it requires an understanding on reading a food label. Also, you will need to type everything up at the end of the week should you choose to print and record manually.
      • One tool that can help in obtaining nutrient values for fresh foods is the from the USDA.
  2. Using the website .
    1. You also have the option of utilizing an online tracking tool. For this class we will be using Cronometer, since it provides more information compared to other free nutrient trackers. If you already have a paid subscription to a service like MyFitnessPal then you are welcome to use that.
    2. This is similar to using the Word document; however, you will track your nutrition using their database. I provide step-by-step instructions for how to use Cronometer on the following page.
    3. Pros of this optionThis is best for students who are more comfortable using technology. Also, you can save meals that you commonly eat, which makes the tracking process faster in the long run. The biggest pro of this option is that the nutrition analysis is done for you, as opposed to manually logging each nutrient,
    4. Cons of this option There is a slight learning curve when it comes to how the tracking process works. Also, you will need to keep in mind that the food selections and nutrient information are based on the site’s users, which means that they might not be 100% accurate and they might not have certain brands…this will require you to use your best judgment. Finally, you will need to remember to take screenshots or download a file for assignment submission.
  3. Using a combination of both
    1. Finally, for some of you it might be easiest to utilize both the Word document and Cronometer.
    2. Pros of this optionThis allows for the greatest flexibility. During the week you can simply write down the foods that you ate in the Word document (printed or online). Then you can use Cronometer at the end of the 3 days so that you don’t have to figure out the nutrients on the food label.
    3. Cons of this optionThis option will require the most work, since you are essentially recording your food twice.

Task 2- Analysis

This is similar to Assignments 1 and 6 in that you will be answering a series of questions in complete sentences. Questions will be based on the specific nutrients that I am asking you to focus on for that week. Here are examples of what some questions will look like:

  • What was your average [nutrient(s) for the week] this week? Is this within the daily intake range? Were you surprised?
  • What foods contributed to these values?
  • What type of [subcategory of nutrient] did you consume the most of? Did this affect how you felt physically?

The Weekly “Challenge”

In Task 2 I will ask you to think of 2 food swaps that relate to the nutrient focus for that week. I then present you with the challenge of actually implementing those swaps during the next week’s food log. You aren’t required to participate in the challenge; however, I will ask you about it in the following week’s Task 2 questions.


Submission

For Student’s Using the Word Document:

The only thing that you need to submit is the completed Word document. The Task 2 questions are also included within the document.

For Student’s Using Cronometer:

You will need to either download or take a screenshot of the report from Cronometer. You can then either:

  1. Upload the downloaded report or the screenshot to the assignment page, and then answer the Task 2 questions in the text box.
  2. Paste the screenshot into a Word or pages document, and answer the Task 2 questions on the same document. Then, upload the document to the assignment page on Canvas.
  3. You can also work solely in the submission text box. You should be able to embed your screenshot within the box.