December 1, 2016
CHICAGO – From apps and websites to portable devices, a new book from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides consumers with expert advice on how to use digital tools to keep track of their health habits.
"Many medical doctors, exercise specialists and registered dietitian nutritionists use digital health tools with their clients," according to Bits & Bytes: A Guide to Digitally Tracking Your Food, Fitness and Health, co-authored by Meagan F. Moyer, MPH, RDN, LD, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Health care providers are asking patients to track health details such as the symptoms they experience, the food they eat and how often they exercise. Patients can receive better care from their health care providers when they share their health-tracking information. By sharing and tracking, patients take control of their own health.
Bits & Bytes explains "how digital health tracking can help you achieve your health and fitness goals." The book contains information on:
- Getting started with digital tracking
- Deciding which health habits to track and why
- Choosing from among the many digital tracking tools available.
The book also contains examples of registered dietitian nutritionists who use digital tracking with their clients. It explains why readers should consider working with an RDN to achieve their nutrition and health goals, and the types of behaviors that are important to track and potentially to change.
Bits & Bytes is available for $9.99 from the Academy's website.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at eatright.org.