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Online program helps students stay healthy

May 9, 2012
By LINDA LOBECK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Breitung Township Schools is one of the first school districts in Michigan to bring a program, myNutratek, to its students, staff and community at no cost.

This is a web-based program that addresses the problems associated with health and wellness of children and nutrition.

It allows users to log on and monitor the health and wellness of children by taking the school lunch menus and assigning nutritional values to each item.

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THE FOOD SERVICE program at Breitung Township Schools offers a wide selection of food items for students and staff. A new program, myNutratek, is being offered free to students and staff. As a part of this web-based program, nutritional values are assigned to each item on the menu helping families to track the health and wellness of children. Shown here from left looking over that day’s selections for lunch are teacher Don Anderson, and students Joe Gregory and Molly Meneguzzo.

Families can log on to the secure and personalized website and enter the height, weight and age of the child to find out the body mass index (BMI) and then catalog what they ate that day and as well any exercise they were involved in from gym class to playing at a soccer game.

"As a community, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the health and wellness of our children and teens today and into the future," said Vicki Waterman, food service director at BTS.

"Our district was one of the first in the state of offer this program at no cost and we appreciate the generous contributions of sponsors that support myNutratek and its resources," she said.

This program was developed as a response to the health crisis children, teens and adults are facing in the country, state and community.

This web-based platform addresses this crisis by providing a variety of dynamic, integrated, technology-driven tools that encourage users of all ages to take personal responsibility for their health.

Specific areas highlighted are nutrition, physical activity, sleep and dental care.

The program brings incentives and accountability into the wellness conversation.

"These two powerful tools are combined to create a phenomenal interactive solution for schools and communities. In addition myNutratek provides a comprehensive framework to record health behaviors, report outcomes and reward users with incentives," Waterman added.

Those using myNutratek can have fun completing online journals or an interactive real-time school cafeteria, "playing with their food," featuring foods and beverages being offered on school menus.

This feature of myNutratek focuses on efforts to maintain or improve the quality of foods and beverages being provided to students and staff at school.

"Students can see and learn the nutritional profiles of individual foods or full meals and parents can be engaged in those nutritional choices away from home. Each of the myNutratek components support USDA's MyPlate recommendations where consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy and participation daily physical activity are top priority," Waterman said.

To register for myNutratek, go to the Breitung Township School District's personal website for this program at

You can select the school district or click on the direct link on the school district webpage at She noted that the district's myNutratek site will have the school's colors and mascot on top.

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