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Data Sources:


FoodFocus
FoodFocus has nutrient data for over 6000 foods. The vast majority of the data in FoodFocus is based on the current version of the Canadian Nutrient File (CNF 2010). That data is supplemented with some new foods from the USDA database which are not yet in the CNF (USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23). Added sugar information is based on a separate USDA database and other information. Data quality indicates whether added sugar information for a particular food is sourced from the USDA database or from supplementary information. Additional data primarily on ethnic foods or sports supplements from graduate student work at the University of Manitoba is also used.

Dietary Reference Intakes are those provided by Health Canada. Additional guidelines from the American Heart Association are also used as well as some international guidelines on polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Food cost information is a combination of recent food price observations, previous food price data escalated by inflation and food costs from a USDA database adjusted to Canadian pricing levels after excluding some food categories. While food prices vary with geography, food store type and season, the FoodFocus food cost data should be useful in helping students appreciate the relative costs of different food selections.




FitFocus
FitFocus has data for over 600 everyday leisure and work activities from Anishinabe dancing to weight lifting. The vast majority of the data on physical activities in FitFocus is based on peer-reviewed scientific publications.

The guidelines for endurance, flexibility and strength activities are based on Health Canada's Physical Activity Guide.

Scientific publications are specifically referenced in help information related to risks and benefits of physical activity.




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