Nutrition/Dietary/Diet and Activity Analysis Project

Nutrition/Dietary/Diet and Activity Analysis Project
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This document contains the instructions for Part 1 of the Diet & Activity Analysis Project, the Combination Report. This report is based on 3 days of food, beverage and activity that you collect and record. Download and save this document to a hard drive, so you can use it as a guide while you complete the project. Be sure to read all of the instructions very carefully before you begin.
NFA 201 — Diet and Activity Analysis Project


The Diet & Activity Analysis Project consists of 2 parts and is worth 100 points: Part 1 is worth 30 points and Part 2 is worth 70 points.
To complete the project use:
• Information from any of the course modules to help you
• Your food and activity records for three the consecutive days that you collect.
• The Diet Analysis Plus (DA+) online software included on the course website to track your food and activity. To access the software online, see Item 2, Entering the Data below.
• Appendices B and C of your text for facts, formulas, and conversions, and MyPlate information.

Due Date: Friday, March 11 at 11:59 PM, No late work or make ups accepted

What to submit: The Combination Report (Part 1) and the Analysis Questions Report (Part 2)

Where to submit: Safe Assignment in Blackboard at the designated links in the Diet & Activity Analysis Project Module.

Please note: You must submit both the Combination Report and the Analysis Questions Report in order to receive any credit for this project.

Instructions for Part 1 – Follow these instructions very carefully.

1. Collecting the Data

A. Dietary Records. Record your usual food intake for three consecutive days. You need to record as accurately as possible the measured amounts of everything that you eat and drink for three 24-hour time periods. Eat your usual diet and do not underestimate your food intake. Include all food items including snacks and extras (butter, margarine, sugar, jelly, mayonnaise, sauces, etc.).
Be aware of the quantity of food eaten. Use the food gallery from MyPlate online ( to get a visual display of serving sizes. You can also use a measuring device, such as measuring cups and spoons or a food scale for more accurate data collection.

The following size-wise tips from the American Cancer Society (2006) are very helpful in determining portion sizes:

One ounce of meat looks like the size of a matchbox
Three ounces of meat looks like the size of a deck of cards or bar of soap
Eight ounces of meat looks like the size of a thin paperback book
Three ounces of fish looks like the size of a checkbook
One ounce of cheese looks like the size of 4 dice
One medium potato looks like the size of a computer mouse
Two tablespoons of peanut butter look like the size of a ping pong ball
One-half cup pasta, one medium apple, or one medium orange looks like the size of a tennis ball
One cup chopped raw vegetables or fruit looks like the size of a baseball
One-fourth cup dried fruit (raisins, apricots, mango) looks like a small handful
One cup of lettuce looks like four lettuce leaves

a. See below for an example of what a food record looks like.
b. You can also record your food intake using an app or task list on your phone. But you will need to transfer that information to the Diet Analysis Plus system in MyPlate.

Actual Example of Food Record Form for one day
(Record the food that you will analyze using DA+)
Food and Drink Consumed
Food and Drink
Cereal bar
Starbucks Coffee with ¼ c cream and 2 sugars
Peanut butter crackers Very large apple
Mountain Dew
McDonalds Big Mac
B. Activity Records. Record your activity for the same three consecutive days as the diet. Record accurately all the activity you do for three 24-hour time periods. Then total the time spent in similar activities together. Be sure that 24 hours of activity are accounted for in your activity records. Your total hours of activities include: time spent sleeping, sitting, standing, walking, etc., as well as when you are at the gym!! Be sure to undergo your usual activities and take care not to overestimate your energy expenditure.
For example: It would be incorrect to enter 120 minutes (2 hours) of weight lifting as an activity when in reality you were in the gym for 120 minutes but only lifted weights for 45 minutes and spent 15 minutes stretching, 30 minutes resting in between sets, 20 minutes talking to your friends, and 10 minutes taking notes on your workout.

a. See below for an example of a personal activity record for one day
b. Record the activities to be entered into the DA+ software program for analysis
Type of Activity Time Spent
Sleeping 7.5 hours
Standing at counter at work in a retail setting
4 hours
Eating meals – sitting down 45 min
Walking while at work 4 hours
Working out at the gym 45 mins
Studying 3 hours
Sitting in class 4 hours
Remember, no one is judging you on your food & beverage intake or activity level!! Your grade is based on how well you analyze it. That said, be sure to record all food, beverage and activity.

2. Entering the Data: Use the Diet Analysis Plus (DA+) online software in your Blackboard website for this class.

To Access Diet Analysis Plus (DA+):
Click on Book under Content and Assignments
Click on the link for Premium Content 2 for Webtutor for Turley Nutrition 1e.
In the grey colored frame on the left of your screen, click on Diet Analysis Plus 2-Semester.
If the software does not load, try using Internet Explorer; or set your browser to allow more pop-ups.
At the Diet Analysis Plus homepage, you should see your personal profile that you created for the Introductory Module Assignment.
Next, enter foods (Track Diet) and activities (Track Activity) for the three consecutive days you have collected. If needed, use the tutorial in the upper right area of the software webpage.
Reminder: Make sure that you have entered 24 hours of information each day under Track Activity.
Verify that your data entry is correct. Correct any data entry errors using the Track Diet and Track Activity tabs before generating the reports.

3. Creating the Report: After all your day 1, 2, and 3 diet and activity data are entered/tracked, next you create the report. This report is to be submitted at Safe Assignment: Combination Report in the Diet & Activity Analysis Module.
1) Select the “reports” tab
2) Under the Advanced Report option, select “Combination Report”
3) Choose the correct “start” and “end” dates for your 3 day average report
4) Uncheck the box next to these report types: DRI Report, Source Analysis, Intake Spreadsheet, Exchanges Spreadsheet, and Activities Spreadsheet.
5) Check the box next to the following report types:
Macronutrient Ranges
Fat Breakdown
Intake vs. Goals
MyPlate Analysis
Energy Balance
Daily Food Log
Daily Activity Log
6) To save the 3-day average reports, use one of the following 2 methods.
Print MS Word
Select the box at the bottom for Print MS Word. The document will open up in Word.
Click on Save As and save it to your hard drive.
This is the document you will use to answer the questions in Part 2 of the project (Analysis Questions Report).
Submit this document as your Combination Report for Part 1 of the project.
Print PDF
Select the box at the bottom for Print PDF. The document will open as a .pdf document.
Click the Download icon in the upper right corner of the document page.
Click on Open with Adobe Reader.
Click on Save As, and save the document to your hard drive.
This is the document you will use to answer the questions in Part 2 of the project (Analysis Questions Report).
Submit this document as your Combination Report for Part 1 of the project

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