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From: dan Thompson [mailto:dthompson5 at mchsi.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 11:45 AM
To: dan Thompson
Subject: My Fitness Pal: A Guide to an Accessible Fitness Tool, Dan's tip
for Tuesday June 3rd 2014,
I found this article quite useful and hope others do as well. Best of all it
is free. Have a great Tuesday!
My Fitness Pal: A Guide to an Accessible Fitness Tool
By Janet Ingber
AFB Access World
Although it's been a long, cold winter for many of us, summer will be here
very soon. If you want to get in shape for shorts, tank tops, and bathing
suits, My Fitness Pal may be just what you need. My Fitness Pal is a
<http://www.myfitnesspal.com/> website found here:
that works in tandem with apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. There
is no charge for using the website or apps.
For this review I used an iPhone 5. As part of the research I asked a
colleague who is very skilled with the Android operating system to check out
the app. He reported that it was not accessible.
Creating an Account
Although you can create your account via the app, you may prefer the
website, since a lot of information must be entered.
When the <http://www.myfitnesspal.com/> home page loads, you'll find many
links such as calorie counts for foods offered at many chain restaurants.
The home page is found at the link below. This is the same link as shown
Once you create an account these restaurant links will no longer be on the
home page, but you will be able to search for them using the food search
form. Use your screen reader's form controls to find edit boxes for signing
up by e-mail or through your Facebook account. The website promises that it
will only share information which you approve.
If you choose to sign up via e-mail, enter your address in the e-mail edit
box and activate the "Sign Up" button. When the new page loads, if you're
using Internet Explorer, there will be a labeled edit box for a user name.
The next edit box will contain your e-mail address and the final edit box
will be for entering a password. If you are using Safari, the user name and
password edit boxes will not be labeled. There will then be a checkbox to
choose whether to receive the My Fitness Pal newsletter. In Internet
Explorer the box is labeled, but it isn't in Safari. Once the information is
filled in, activate the button to create an account.
When the next page loads, you will be asked your current weight, your goal
weight, how many times per week you plan to work out, and the duration of
your workouts. There will also be radio buttons to choose your activity
level. By default, the unit of measure is calories, but this can be changed
to kilojoules. Internet explorer did a better job of reading this page, but
Safari did relatively well with it. Once you're done filling in all the
information, activate the button to go on to the next part of the form.
The new page will present edit boxes to enter the e-mail addresses of your
friends so they can follow your progress. It is not a requirement to
complete this part of the form, so if you don't want to add friends,
activate the "Skip" button.
The next page contains two tables. The first details your nutritional goals,
including how many calories and how many grams of carbs, fat, and protein
you should have per day. The second table details your fitness goals,
including how many times a week to work out and the duration of the workout.
The website then gives an estimate of how many pounds you are predicted to
lose if you follow the designated nutrition and exercise plans. There is
also a "Get Started Now" button.
Although I filled in the information correctly to lose 1.5 pounds per week,
my profile said that I only wanted to lose .3 pounds per week. I filled in
the information using both Internet Explorer and Safari just in case there
was a problem with the browser. I knew that if I followed the website's
recommendations that I'd lose more than .3 pound per week. There was a
Contact Us link so I activated it. A phone number was not provided, but
there was an easy-to-use e-mail form that I filled out and submitted. I
could have directly e-mailed using support at myfitnesspal.com.
I received the following answer within a half hour:
"The program is designed to recalculate your goals based on your profile
information, but the program also has a limit to the minimum number of
calories we recommend per day. We have designed a program to help with
healthy and sustainable weight loss. We do not recommend for any member to
consume under 1200 net calories a day. Eating too little can also have a
negative effect and put one's body into starvation mode.
Since we have this limitation, depending on your profile information, your
calculations may not be able to recalculate when you change your
information. However, these are calculations, and weight loss varies for
each individual. We have had members report more of a weight loss than the
calculations originally estimated. We recommend staying within your daily
recommendations, and see what happens."
I created a profile for someone else. That person's weight was greater than
mine and they needed to lose more weight. The website created a program
which made more sense and the weight loss per week was appropriate.
Once the "Get Started" button is activated a new page loads with many links,
most of which are clearly labeled. Your browser's navigation hotkeys can
make the page easier to read. Safari and Internet Explorer both did well.
Among the many links were "Food," "Exercise," "Add Food," "Add Exercise,"
and "Settings." There were also social media and forum links.
Activating the "Settings" link brings up a list of things that you can
change including Password, Update your Diet/Fitness Profile, Change Diary
Settings, and Change Social Media settings (including Facebook and Twitter).
You can delete your account from here as well. Once your profile is created,
it's a good idea to review the options in Settings.
When the "Food" link is activated, a table is presented where you can enter
what you ate during the day. Under each category, such as Breakfast or
Snack, there's a link to add a food. This link brings up a search form,
consisting of an edit box and search button. The results list is called
"Matching Foods" and it can be found with the headings hotkey. Each result
is presented as a link. The more specific the search, the fewer results will
be displayed. I searched for "Special K Red Berries Cereal" and still got
many hits with some of the results not containing any of my words.
One important thing to note is that if a result has an * (asterisk) in front
of it, then another user put the information into the database. When I
activated the results link for the cereal, I didn't receive any feedback
about the new page being loaded, but with my headings hotkey, I was able to
find the result. There was an edit box to enter the number of servings and a
button for choosing the unit of measure. Next there was a button to add the
food to the diary. When the new page loaded, the item was in the diary and
all of the cereal's nutrition information was in a table. On this screen,
there is also a link to add another food and a link labeled "Quick Links."
Activating this link brings up several options including Remember Meal. If
the link is activated, a form will load where you can enter a name for the
entire meal. This is convenient for foods and meals you eat regularly, since
they will be added to the My Meals section when the "Food" link is activated
and you won't have to search for them again.
You can add exercises in a similar manner to adding foods. Activate the
"Exercise" link and you can search the database or add in your own exercise.
Once you choose the exercise you want to use, there will be edit boxes for
filling in the specific information for each exercise. For example, I chose
Stationary Rowing with Moderate Effort. There was an edit box to fill in
duration. Once that was entered, the website listed the number of calories
burned. Exercises are broken up into two categories, cardiovascular and
strength training. For strength training exercises you'll be asked to enter
the number of sets, how many repetitions in each set and the amount of
Even if you don't want to fill in the food and exercise diaries, this
website is a good place to get information about nutrition and exercise.
My Fitness Pal iOS App
Once the iOS app is installed and opened, you'll need to enter your user
name and password. Once logged in, there's a "main menu" button at the top
left corner. By flicking right there are other buttons such as "Previous
Day," "Current Date," and "Next Day." After these buttons is the number of
calories remaining for the current day. Next is an "Add to Diary" button
followed by a "Diary" button and then your goal, calories per day, how many
food calories you've had, how many calories you've used during exercise that
day and the net amount of calories. Next are social media buttons.
Activating the "Main Menu" button brings up a list of options including
Nutrition, Progress, Goals, Reminders, Settings, Help and Sync. Pressing the
"Sync" button did not give any auditory feedback.
The Settings option allows for the control of many important features. The
first item is your profile. When this is activated you can view and make
changes to your profile and preferences. For example, you can change from
pounds to kilograms on the screen. For each measurement you are presented
with at least two options. As you flick to each option, VoiceOver will say
that option is selected. Double tap on the one you want. Once all choices
have been made, activate the "Save" button.
The Diary settings option presents ways to customize what is displayed. The
first three controls have switch buttons. To change the switch, double tap
on it. As you go through each item VoiceOver will say "selected." The first
control is whether to show all meals in diary tabs. By default this is
turned off. If it's turned on, everything you've eaten that day will be
displayed. The next choice is to use Multi-Add by Default. This lets you add
more than one food item at a time. The next option is whether to show your
newsfeed on the home tab. This is only important if you've set up social
The first item in the Diary settings menu option is Default Search Tab.
There are five choices. As you review the tabs, they will say "Selected."
Double-tap on the one you want. The first choice is Recent. Selecting this
tab will display all the items you've recently added to your food diary. The
next option is Frequent. If this tab is selected, the app will search its
database for foods that you eat frequently. Chances are that you'll receive
many results. You can search by brand name, type of food or specific food.
The My Foods tab searches foods that you have added to the app database. The
fourth choice is Meals. This tab displays any meals that you have created
and saved. The final option is Recipes, for recipes you have created and
The final option in the Diary Settings menu is Diary Sharing. This is for
choosing who, if anyone, can see your diary. Each option will say "Selected"
as you flick to it. Double tap on the option you want to use. Then activate
the "Save" button in the upper right corner. In the main menu, the next
section is Sharing and Privacy. This is where push notifications, newsfeed,
Facebook and e-mail preferences can be set.
On the home screen, activating the Goals option will display your current
weight, goal weight, calories per day, and other information regarding your
Using the Diary
The Diary opens from the home screen. You use it to log food, exercise, and
water. There's an "Add" button at the top right of the Diary screen. When
the button is activated, a new screen comes up with two headings: Meals and
Exercises. The Meals heading has options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and
snacks. The Exercises heading has two subcategories, Cardiovascular and
Strength. After the exercise section there's a heading for Water and a
heading for Food and Exercise notes.
After the "Add" button is pressed, choose which meal you want to enter by
double tapping on it. For example, if you want to add what you ate for
breakfast, double tap the breakfast option. Several choices are displayed
including Add a New Food and Add Calories Only. There is also a "display
options" setting within the diary, but it isn't clearly pronounced. If the
frequently search option is chosen, an edit box will appear where you can
enter the name of a food. This is similar to the website. When you find the
result you want to add, double tap on it. Nutrition information will be
displayed and it will be entered into the diary. Tap the "Save" button in
the upper right corner. Once the food is added, there are options for saving
it as a meal or copying the meal for another day.
The first step in adding an exercise is selecting Cardiovascular or
Strength. You can search Frequently, Your Exercises (which you already
entered into the database), or both. Once an exercise is selected, a new
screen will appear and you'll need to enter the amount of time you engaged
in the activity. The app will compute the calories burned. Activate the
"Save" button in the upper right to add it. For a strength training exercise
you'll need to enter the number of sets, how many repetitions per set, and
how much weight you used.
My Fitness Pal is a good option for someone wanting to get in shape. There's
a lot of information on the website, but it's manageable. The iOS app is
mostly accessible. Flicking around the screen is a good way to determine
what's available. Even if you use the app, you might find it easier to
create your account on the website. Another advantage of My Fitness Pal is
that it's completely free.
May these words awaken a joyful moment or need to be laid at the foot of our
Devine Triune Father's Throne and lift you're your spirits this week!
soaking in the word of God
deepens the depth
and breadth of hidden roots,
intimacy with the spirit of God
grows the height and length
of sun-hungry limbs,
being filled and overflowing
with the love of God
makes the whole tree burst
and blossom with life,
delight yourself in these
and he will honour you
with masterful pruning
for seasons of outrageous fruitfulness
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