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Using food tracking to promote better nutrition

Green Apple Program comes to Mercy.

Believe it or not, we are already into the third month of the year.

For those of you who made a new year's resolution to eat healthier, how are you doing with that goal?

"Every New Year's Resolution at some sense says 'I want to eat healthy,' right? But the problem of it is truly we don't know what that looks like, and how can we substain it?" says Tracey Badar, Food & Beverage Director for Nutritional Services at Mercy Medical Center.

Because of this, Mercy Medical Center is promoting National Nutrition Month, a month devoted to promoting healthy eating habits.

They have started a program aimed at just that. It's called the Green Apple Program.

"On our menus, all the items that have the apple on it will be less than 500 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat," says Badar. "That's a very quick visual of saying that is healthy."

Mercy has a tool for their patients and staff called Net Nutrition that tracks what food they eat each day. Users enter exactly what they eat and drink for each meal, and the nutritional information is produced for the user to see. While this specific program is limited to patients and staff, it is quite similar to other food tracking websites, all of them having the same goal in mind.

"Sometimes as a society, we struggle asking for help. So this is a tool that really can make healthy choices and make options and adjust their options using this tool," says Badar.

And these options are potentially live saving.

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