Probably, like a number of readers, I have an ongoing battle with my weight. Unless I'm cycling at least 250km a week, I have to be ever vigilent about what passes the lips. I'm not a fast food or sweets junkie, just a woman who spends long periods of time belting away at a keyboard. Since I've been working from home part-time and sitting in front of the computer for long hours, the kilos have been creeping on, like a rash from poison ivy. So how does my weight battle have anything to do with working in a classroom? The APP My Fitness Pal is my new best friend and I immediately saw ways that I, and other teachers, could utilise this FREE APP for numeracy and literacy tasks. Not only is it free, but you can download onto both Apple and Android devices. But wait, there's more! No you don't get a set of steak knives, you can also access it online from your humble computer or laptop. Ahhh! The simple things in life! When using the online version go into settings and nominate the nutrients you want to track. The APP version automatically displays: calories; carbohydrates; fat; protein; sugar; and, sodium. I needed to add sugar and sodium in the online version.
There is only one issue that I have with this program, and it is a minor hiccup - calories. Australia completed the convertion to metric measurements in 1977, and the use of calories instead of kilojoules does put a spanner in the works. I suggest any teachers that are using metric measurements, convert the calories to kilojoules as a numeracy activity. Let's get started!