See your nutritional health in a daily bar graph with SuperTracker

ChooseMyPlate.gov's SuperTracker Website allows users to input their food and activity information to create nutritional and exercise goals. it provides users with a comprehensive report on their nutrition and links to information regarding the individual's daily habits

The SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate provides comprehensive reports on a user’s nutritional needs and successes.

No, calorie counting is not my thing.

I just posted about it. But while researching for that post, I found the SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate.gov and the curiosity was too much.

All of a sudden I have a profile and I’m entering my breakfast information.

But it’s amazing! And soooooooo much more than a calorie counter.

I set any 5 goals from 5 categories: weight managment, physical activity, calories, food groups and nutrients. Daily, I get to watch a graph display my progress on each goal, and when I succeed at one, I get an email.

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We need both mothers and fathers.

young girl swings from her parents' arms, but the father character has been painted over in white so that only the mother and daughter are visible while the father figure is vacant in the photo

(photo compliments of dailymail.co.uk)

Of the people I know, I can tell you who has been raised without a father, or a mother, or in a home victim to divorce, without having ever asked the person.

The people in the above categories exhibit similar behaviors and conduct their lives similarly.

We frequently hear about women with “daddy problems” who grow up without father figures. These women seek male attention in all of the wrong ways and participate in risky behavior. People say, Oh haha! Her daddy didn’t hug her enough as a child! But any person missing either a mother figure or father figure is starved of essential information in life, and have problems maintaining healthy relationships forever.

I recently read, “Like Father, Like Son, and, Yes, Like Daughter” by Molly B. Koch in Baltimore’s Child. It’s a good read about the importance of father figures.

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How do we remove negative black stereotypes from movies and television? Dr. Mark Sullivan reveals two small victories that helped black people in the media.

This is the fourth of a five-part interview about the racist media portrayals of African Americans. Dr. Mark Sullivan, an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaches a class called Mass Media and Society.

The previous segment ended with Sullivan saying, “In successful shows that the producers, the networks, so far and so forth are never going to change [media depictions of African Americans] as long as they remain successful. And they’re going to continue to be perpetuated.”

I asked Sullivan what it would take to change that, and he tells two stories two small victories that assisted African Americans in media.

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Health, parenting, and social responsibility: Read “10 Bad Eating Habits Parents Often Teach their Kids” by Suzanne Cullen

(photo courtesy of AuPair.org)

I found a must-read article about the bad eating habits that parents pass on to their children. It addresses the responsibility of adults to be good influences on children, issues of health, and good daily habits.

Suzanne Cullen’s blog at AuPair.org features helpful articles about parenting and being responsible when influencing children.

After all, children are our most powerful legacy. We want to raise a wonderful generation of children who will be conservation-conscious, healthy, intelligent, responsible, and beneficial human beings. Right?

I highly recommend the blog at AuPair.org.

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Television is evil and it’s rotting your brain

back of kid's head as he faces a large snowy television screen taking up the whole photo

(photo compliments of civin.org)

I stand firm for a movement against screen-run lives. Technology is taking over my life.

In my goals, I noted that “tv=evil.” Let’s extend that to all screens: phones, video games, computers, tablets, iPods. (Yes, I understand the irony of blogging this information.)

Reasons to war against excessive media use:

  • You sleep best when it’s dark, don’t you? Who needs to mess with an already erratic sleep schedule by staring at a bright light after sunset?
  • Ever noticed that when someone’s eyes are glued to a screen, it’s challenging to call them into the real world? It’s annoying and rude. Let’s not be those people. Two more reasons

Racism is over now that America elected a Black president. Right? Mark Sullivan discusses the effects of Obama’s election.

This is the third part of a five-part series. Dr. Mark Sullivan, an adjunct professor at Towson University who teaches a class called Mass Media and Society, delves into the issue of the negative black stereotypes that are reinforced, and the impact of their media portrayals.

This segment comments on whether President Obama’s election has allowed more racism in America, how much “Black blood” a person has to have to be “Black enough,” how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in the fight against racism, and that the current depictions of Black people in media are reinforced by their success.

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Most people do not care about their health.

How do I know this?

two slightly overweight men leaning on a waterpark inner tube

I went to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia, for two days. It’s an indoor waterpark. Hundreds of random American people with their families in bathing suits were strutting around half naked.

About six people appeared to be in good shape. Two women. Four men. And one woman had obvious surgical help in the chest area, so I can’t be sure of her overall authenticity.

Two days. Ten hours. Hundreds of people. Six of them noticeably in shape (meaning lacking excessive fat on the body with reasonable muscle development).

And what’s funny is that those six people were pointed out in surprise and awe. Like, “damn, look at those abs.”

There were plenty of pot bellies, fat rolls and flabs hanging out everywhere.

What does this tell you?

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