Nutrition-wise blog

Meet the SuperTracker

By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. February 8, 2012

In 2011 MyPyramid was toppled and replaced with MyPlate. MyPlate, the latest food guide from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), makes it easier to see at a glance what your meal should be — at least 50 percent vegetables and fruit, a little more than 25 percent grains (half of which should be whole grains), a little less than 25 percent lean protein, and a serving of low-fat dairy.

So is your plate in shape? How can you tell? Technology to the rescue.

The USDA recently launched SuperTracker — an interactive and personalized assistant. SuperTracker will help you:

  • Compare your diet to MyPlate
  • Identify goals for what to eat and how much to exercise
  • Track your diet and physical activity over time
  • Compare your diet and exercise efforts to recommended guidelines

Other nifty things you can do with SuperTracker include:

  • See a simple or detailed analysis of your meals by food group or nutrients
  • Get tips and support from a virtual coach
  • Connect to your social networks to share your story

All of this can be found — and more — at ChooseMyPlate.gov. If you put in the information, you'll like the reports you get and you'll find them helpful. Start tracking your foods, your fitness and your health. It's almost like having your own dietitian.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

- Jennifer

Feb. 08, 2012