NUTRITION PROJECT Purpose: To gain understanding about how your diet and level of exercise influences the way your body functions properly. RECORD YOUR FOOD INTAKE AND EXERCISE FOR ONE FULL DAY. THEN… Assignment #1: Using My Pyramid Tracker, input the food you ate during the day. You must fill in the type of food and your serving size for every meal, drink, and snack that you consumed. Log in to http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/ Scroll to the bottom and click “New User Registration” Create an account Fill in personal information Click “Proceed to Food Intake” Follow the directions on the page : o Enter a choice of food in the text box, then click "Search." To choose a food, click on it from the list. Repeat until you have included all foods and beverages eaten in the last 24 hours Then click “Select Quantity” Fill in the chart for both “Serving Size” and “Number of Serving.” o Screen shot or save as a .PDF Click “Save and Analyze” Calculate “DG Comparison” & “Nutrient Intakes” o Screen shot or save both as .PDF files In one document labeled “Your Name’s Nutrition Assignment,” compile all the orange files and complete the following assignment: Using the data from your “Nutrient Intakes” analysis, pick the 2 vitamins or minerals that were the MOST deficient. Write a paragraph for EACH explaining: The function of that vitamin or mineral inside the body Why that function is important How you can incorporate that vitamin or mineral into your diet? Assignment #2 For the same day, record the amount of exercise you participated in for the day. Include all forms of exercise (walking to car/bus, walking between classes, work outs etc). Click “Physical Activity Entry” Choose the “Standard Option” Pick the Activity Type and add it to your list Follow the directions on the page o Continue adding activities until the list contains all activities performed on the date shown above. Click an item to remove it from your list. Press Select Duration when you are done. “Save and Analyze” Calculate “Physical Activity Score” o Screen shot or .PDF Calculate “Energy Balance Summary” o Screen shot or .PDF In another document labeled “ Your Name’s Energy Balance Assignment,” compile all the orange files and answer the following questions: 1. In your own words, why is energy balance important? (feel free to use the resources on the website) 2. Is your energy balanced? 3. How can you improve your energy balance?