This is a student tested project that includes food journaling, diet analysis on the USDA SuperTracker website, and peer diet review. This project spans between 7 to 14 classroom periods depending on how you assign the dates. Some work can be in class or you can assign the entire project to be completed outside of class.
Students get hands on experience with food journaling and analyzing their diet. They work with computer generated reports and summarize their overall diet. After the analysis of their personal diet, they are allowed to analyze the diet of their peers, all completed anonymously.
Students reflect on their personal diets with respect to the experience of journaling, the quality of their diet, what they learned through the process and the impact this activity may have on their future diet. Then students are allowed to review 3 other students' diets with respect to quality of the diet. Students make comparisons between their diet and that of their peers, and identify key take-aways from the activity that could positively impact their future eating habits. It is in the peer review section that students learn the greatest about the quality diets and eating patterns.