COVID-19 Goals: It’s Time for a Do-Over

Raise your hand if, when the COVID-19 shut down began, you vowed to use this time at home to do big things — like cook from scratch with only unprocessed foods every night; organize those boxes of family photos; workout twice a day; or learn a foreign language.

We had good intentions, but our goals were unrealistic, especially given that we’re in the middle of a pandemic. The news took over our lives and we had to get used to working virtually in many cases.

Chances are, your clients also set themselves up with some lofty goals, many relating to diet. When they failed to meet these unrealistic expectations, they may have thrown up their hands and quit trying. Let them know this is normal. Then help them move on with small goals for healthy eating.

This might just be the perfect time to introduce yourself and your clients to the Start Simple with MyPlate App. Free from the App Store and Google Play, this app helps you set and meet healthy eating goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).

Here’s how the app works:

  1. Choose up to three goals per MyPlate food group. Some examples: “add vegetables to your lunch,” “have fruit for a sweet treat,” “have a whole grain at dinner,” “start your day with a protein food.” You can do this for each food group, or just pick one or two food groups to work on.
  2. When you meet a goal, you check it off for that day. The app lets you see your daily progress, get simple how-to tips to help you meet your goals, and select options for notifications and reminders.
  3. As your goals are completed, you can earn a variety of badges, like first goal complete, daily-streaks, food group badges, and the ultimate MyPlate badge.

Why we like the Start Simple with MyPlate App:

  • Easy: although it’s not designed for kids, they’ll pick it up quickly and can probably teach their parents/grandparents to use it.
  • Fun: the app is colorful, appealing to the eye, and fun to use.
  • Uplifting: when you check off a completed goal or earn a badge, you get a little celebration on your screen. (Sounds corny, but it will make you smile.)
  • Flexible: you can change your goals at any time.
  • Educational: users can learn more about MyPlate by clicking on the MyPlate 101 section.
  • Basic: the goals are simple enough for anyone to do.
  • Maintainable: when the world is overwhelming, this app helps you make a small change that you’ll be able to maintain.
  • Shareable: when you earn a badge, you can share this success on social media. This may encourage others to join you.
  • Challenging: there are built-in challenges for each season, providing a sense of competition and something larger to work toward for those who want it.

Tips for using the Start Simple with MyPlate App with your clients:

Check out our new and popular MyPlate materials:

A Better Way to Plan

By now, almost everyone is settling in to the back-to-school groove. But what if there were a new way to optimize performance?

Study CalMeet Study Cal.

My son Nicholas has created this well-reviewed and top-selling app for iPhones and iPads that will help students optimize their academic performance. Study Cal is a student planner and teaching tool that helps students manage their classes, organize and prioritize assignments, and even track their grades! It also has full-screen daily and weekly calendars and offers goal-setting calculations.

So. Why am I sharing the news about the app on this website?

Well, for one thing, Study Cal is my son’s project and I’m super proud of him. And, for another thing, I think this app can be hugely useful, so I want to tell you about it.

I believe that Study Cal could help all teachers and students. It’s intuitive and a great teaching tool. Plus, it helps students focus on getting better grades while managing their workload effectively.

Let’s look at an example from the app’s homepage. When you’re viewing an upcoming assignment, you’ll be told exactly what grade you need in order to either achieve the next letter grade in the class, or to maintain your current grade. So  if you have a 88% in a class, Study Cal might say something like “You need a 93% on this assignment to achieve an A in the class.” How cool is that?

The fun doesn’t stop there. When you view a grade in Study Cal, you can see how much it counts toward your final grade in the class too. Meanwhile, the full-screen weekly and daily calendars offer an intuitive view into when upcoming events happen in relation to each other. You can also see how much time you have for each one.

What do you think? Feel free to get more information or even buy the app today. After all, it’s only $1.99!

There are other performance-optimizing resources in the Nutrition Education Store. Check out some of the most popular options below…

Actual MyPlate Plates

Salad Secrets Cookbook

Portion and Calorie Bingo