By Brianne Moore
Just in time for post-holiday dieting and fitness regimes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a nutrition SuperTracker to help individuals make healthier choices, lose weight and reduce their risk of chronic disease. SuperTracker is now available at ChooseMyPlate.gov.
SuperTracker is a free online tool that allows users to create personalized recommendations for and track food, portion sizes and physical activities; set goals and receive virtual coaching; measure progress; and support family and friends by adding their individual profiles. The tool complements First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign and hopes to aid individuals in adopting healthier diets and lifestyles.
Obesity has become a major health issue in the United States, with rates doubling in seven states since 1995 and increasing by 90% in 10 other states. Obesity rates in children have more than tripled in the past 30 years, and in 2008 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese puts one at risk of health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological issues.