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New Interactive Health Log has Launched

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new journal feature that can be found on each of the four LearntobeHealthy.org websites. This “Health Log,” based on the USDA food guidance system at MyPyramid.gov, guides students to get the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy and water while limiting fats and other empty calorie foods.

According to WebMD, “journaling”, or tracking food intake is the number one way to maintain a healthy weight. LearntobeHealthy.org’s Health Log enables users to not only track the foods they consume, but also their physical activity, mood and other accomplishments. The Health Log offers a variety of resources including a serving size and food group guide, to help users recognize different food categories and serving sizes, and to determine where overeating occurs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids and teens should aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. The Health Log’s Exercise Tracker helps users document their daily physical activity and compare it to the recommended activity level for their age group.

A recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report on Physical Activity and Health found that regular physical activity “reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvement in mood and feelings of well-being.” LearntobeHealthy.org took this into account when designing a specific area on the log where students can track their daily mood and journal their thoughts, feelings, questions and concerns. This way, users can make the “mind and body” connection between healthy fitness and nutrition practices and their overall mood. 

Keeping in LearntobeHealthy.org’s tradition of delivering health education materials to students in a medium they enjoy, the Health Log on the teen site offers music for students to browse, including alternative rock, pop, country, techno and punk. As users journal their fitness and nutrition for the day, they can save and print their entries, or access previous day’s entries at any time.

Access to the Health Log, as well as a variety of other interactive health education activities and lessons, is free and available to anyone by simply registering online at www.LearntobeHealthy.org.

 

About LearntobeHealthy.org:

www.LearntobeHealthy.org is the award-winning e-Learning website of the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center. The health science games, activities and curriculum on the interactive, cross-curricular  site meet state and national health education standards. Topics covered include: fitness, nutrition, dental health, tobacco prevention, the five senses, puberty and anatomy. Mental health activities including bullying prevention and self-esteem are being added in 2008. Each activity is accompanied by complete health education lesson plans and other supplemental materials.

Source: Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center

Location: York, PA

Author: Melissa Jones

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