Social history: Discuss reasons why you choose the foods you consume. Use
classroom notes and the textbook to get other ideas for food choices. Examples:
How often eat away from home?
Who does cooking/shopping?
Who lives at home?
Number meal/snacks per day?
Working? Number of hours/week? Regular hours?
Number of credit hours?
B. Medical history: List all pertinent information as it appears on your medical
history form from the clinic, including family history of disease, any
surgeries, medications, smoking, supplements, and OTC and prescription drugs.
Determine your BMI. Comment on findings. Include relationship of
medication, alcohol, or smoking to your nutritional status. Which
nutrients are affected? What are some suggestions for improvement?
C. Dental history: List all pertinent information from your dental/oral history form
from the clinic, including:
Oral hygiene status (i.e., amount of plaque)
Periodontal problems—includes description of gingival condition
Number of restorations
Does your dental health affect nutritional intake? Does your nutritional
intake have an impact on your oral health?
D. Special dietary considerations (e.g., cultural, lactose intolerant, low fat, low
calorie, allergies, intolerances, vegetarian, religious, or do you follow no
special guidelines): Include foods you like and foods you dislike.
E. Compare your intake with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
What dietary guidelines do you follow?
Where can you improve?
Provide specific and realistic recommendations.
Comment on the comparison of your intake with the MyPlate.gov
F. Dietary assessment: Using the information recorded on the Dietary Assessment
Form, comment on the following for each nutrient:
How do you compare with the recommendation?
How can you improve?
What specific foods or beverages did you consume that helped you
meet the recommendations?
What specific foods or beverages can you modify?
Explain items from your medical or dental history that require
modification in your intake.
G. From the findings in your report, construct a list of foods you could add to meet
all or most nutrient needs. Comment on the possibility of adding these foods to
your diet. Identify foods from your diet that are in excess. Comment on the
possibility of reducing these foods.
H. Conclusions and expected success of the program: What have you started to
change, or what do you anticipate changing in your diet while in school? List at
least three specific and measurable goals/objectives you plan to make this year.
What did you do well? Summarize all of your comments on improving our
dietary intake. Create a realistic menu for 1 day.
Paper MUST include at least 2-3 credible sources which may be the BMI calculator
source, the textbook, the PDR, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
References need to be cited in correct APA format. Canvas is a great resource for
this. Click on APA Resources in the navigation menu in Canvas.