As a health and physical education teacher, I find benefits in programs to help monitor our food intake with our energy expenditure. I have used various programs such as myfitnesspal and caloriecounter; however; one tool I use in my classroom is LoseIt! This is an application that can be used on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. It can be paired with various other programs such as the mapmyfitness programs. It is an extremely user friend program good for the everyday person looking to get healthy and stay healthy. Below is a summary of the program, a lesson outline of when incorporating the LoseIt! program in their classrooms and also a tutorial on how to use the program.
Review the food groups and essential nutrients. The students should be able to name all the essential nutrients and the food groups through a quiz on Socrative. The students will then discuss energy expenditure in comparison to calorie input. Using the lose it application, the students will log their food intake for the past week. The students will also add any exercise/energy expenditure they did throughout the week. Using the application and USDA food minimums as a guide, the students will analyze their intake and output to answer the essential question; how can their habits affect their overall health and wellness? Here is an example of the culminating activity I do in my classroom. The students can produce a written or visual analysis.