The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and
Promotion (CNPP) has a FREE online dietary assessment tool called “My
Pyramid Tracker.” With this tool, you can see how well your
eating and physical activity plans measure up to current dietary
guidelines for optimal health.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For the most accurate results, do the following
BEFORE entering data into “My Pyramid Tracker:”
Record your dietary intake for at
least 3 days (two days during the week and one day over the
weekend). Your average dietary intake over several days is a
better predictor of your nutritional health than your intake on
just one day.
Be sure to record EVERYTHING you eat
and drink on those days.
Be specific about what and how much
you eat and drink. For example, don’t just record breakfast as a
“bowl of cereal.” Write: 1.5 cups of Raisin Bran with 6 oz. of
1% low fat milk. The more specific you are with brand names and
measurements, the more accurate your analysis will be.
Don’t forget about condiments and
“extras.” For example, record the amount of cream/sugar you put
in your coffee and the amount of catsup you use for your fries.
Sheri Barke, MPH, RD COC, Student
Health & Wellness Center Rev. 2005