We’re proud to introduce MealLogger version 4! In a nutshell, MealLogger 4 has the same photo food journal features that you’ve come to expect combined with some new features we’re really excited about, especially the ability to Track Servings and to create Nutrition Programs based on servings.
This is a guest entry by Dane Baker, sports dietitian for High Performance Sport New Zealand.
Part of my role with High Performance Sport New Zealand is as the lead nutrition provider for the New Zealand Men’s field hockey team, a game with extreme repeated high intensity running demands. This can be a challenging program to work with as the program is not centralized, which means our players aren’t located in one central location. We have players who play in Europe and Australia, and others who live in different parts of New Zealand. A challenge for players not based here in Auckland has always been tracking progress, creating accountability and improving nutritional knowledge without the face to face contact. Continue reading
Based on our years of working with Nutrition and Health Professionals, we’ve developed and continue to develop new ways to see how your clients, your social groups and your organization is performing. In our free training sessions we hear similar questions and concerns from individual coaches to large organizations with many professionals running both sponsored social groups and private clients:
Are the coaches in my organization giving enough feedback to their clients?
Which of our clients are at risk of slipping away? Continue reading
MealLogger and the Center for Clinical Investigations’ Nutrition Core at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have entered a new collaboration. The collaboration will allow the researchers at the Nutrition Core to utilize MealLogger in their ongoing research projects both to collect nutrition information from study participants and to use MealLogger to test remote nutrition interventions utilizing features such as peer support and nutrition challenges.
Recently, Leigh Keating, MS, RD, LDN, CBDT, Director of Nutrition Research of Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center, Andrew McHill, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, and Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital used MealLogger to examine diets of undergraduate students.
“We wanted to expand the use of the service to other research projects that benefit from collecting nutrition information via Continue reading
In our last entry, we discussed the invaluable elements of support and interaction for clients seeking weight loss. Feedback occurs where support and interaction intersect, and arms health professionals with the weaponry required to help clients achieve lasting weight loss. But not just any form of feedback will do.
Web-based weight loss programs are a dime a dozen. Claims that participants will shed pounds by implementing their strategies abound, but only a few will make good on such promises. The major factor that determines their ultimate success or failure? Human interaction.
Human interaction can take place in person, over the phone, or via the internet, and each modality can support weight loss. Since people spend more time than ever before on their smart-phones, particularly on social networking apps, we’ll focus on app- and web-based nutrition interventions in this post.
A growing body of research supports photographing meals as an effective alternative to recording meals via pen and paper. In one such study, 33 ladies in the Women’s Health Initiative photographed their meals for one month. Their fat intake decreased significantly and their total caloric intake dropped modestly. The study’s authors concluded, Findings support the largely untapped potential of hand-held computers for improving diet monitoring and diet adherence. Continue reading
Complimenting in-person nutrition appointments with app-based support grows businesses by synergistically:
- Increasing the volume of clients health professionals can take on
- Improving the quality of nutrition counseling
- Making advertising easy, as clients photograph meals regularly and field questions by friends and colleagues about what they’re doing
The market for app-based nutrition counseling and support networks grows larger every year. As smart phone usage grows, the health professional’s ability to extend their reach and offer more effective counseling grows along with it. Take a look at the medium through which more and more people are looking to connect:
- Over 64% of adult Americans own a smartphone.
- Over 73% of teenagers (13-17 years) have access to a smartphone.
Health and fitness professionals using MealLogger Pro often ask us whether research supports the use of mobile devices and apps for improving health and body composition. They wonder whether specific features like photo-journaling, peer support, and challenges influence behavior change and tell us they would love to see examples of best practices from other colleagues. We’re creating a blog to answer these questions and share relevant research as well as some of the lessons we’ve learned about how to best use mobile health technology.