FoodFocus- Version 4.2
FoodFocus Version 4.2 provides updated nutrient data, data for new foods and 'healthy choices made easy' guidelines.
- Canadian Nutrient File Update: Data from the Canadian Nutrient File 2015 (released in 2016) are incorporated.
The data for almost 6000 foods includes updates to breakfast cereals, yogurts, commercial breads and other foods
(most consumed by Canadians and/or those which contribute the most sodium to our diets). Foods from the latest
USDA database are also included.
- Brand Names Food List: Over 2000 foods were selected from the Brand Names Food List maintained by BC
Healthy Living. The nutrition information is largely based on nutrition labels for foods which are ready-to-eat
or require minimal preparation (e.g. reheating or adding water).
- Guidelines to Support Healthy Food Choices: Some governments promote guidelines in addition to official
nutrition recommendations as 'healthy choices made easy'. FoodFocus supports the use of up to five such guidelines.
One example is the BC Ministries of Education and Health 'Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools'
which classify foods as 'Sell Most', 'Sell Sometimes' or 'Do Not Sell'. A second example is the
'Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth' which classify foods as 'Choose Most Often', 'Choose Sometimes'
or 'Choose Least Often'. A third example is the Brazilian guidelines which classify foods according to the
degree to which foods are processed so as to encourage the consumption of minimally processed foods.
- Display of Limiting Nutrients: The nutrients which cause foods to be classified less favourably than other foods
(e.g. as 'Sell Sometimes' or 'Do Not Sell' rather than 'Sell Most') can be easily seen. This informs a user that
while 'Shredded Wheat' is a top-ranked breakfast cereal under a certain guideline, 'Special K' is ranked less
favourably because it is not whole grain and because it contains too much salt. This helps students understand
why the 'healthy choices' recommended by 'healthy choices made easy' guidelines are indeed healthier.
Contact us if you have specific questions about Version 4.2 or
upgrading your current FoodFocus licenses to Version 4.2.
FitFocus- Interactive Training Now Available
The current version of FitFocus is version 1.1 (version October, 2010). The latest change updated help information on Inactivity in the program and in the manual to reflect that there is now a growing body of research on the consequences of sedentary living. Research indicates, for example, that Canadians who spend most of their work, commuting and leisure time sitting are at substantially increased risks of chronic disease compared to those with a less sedentary lifestyle. Studies show that sitting and watching television are risk factors independent of traditional risk factors.
We hope that you will find the new interactive training under the Resources menu to be helpful.
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