A movement is underway in the United States to reintroduce schools and families to freshly prepared meals. Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the “Let’s Move” campaign, an effort to raise awareness of and access to fresh food in schools and in our communities. The goal of the campaign is to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. This Friday, Chef Jamie Oliver’s new television show Food Revolution will take us inside a few of America’s school cafeterias and classrooms in an effort to fulfill his wish to teach every child about food.
Wolfram|Alpha is already being used as a learning tool in schools to tackle subject areas such as math, science, social studies, and more. But did you know that Wolfram|Alpha contains a number of tools to help schools and families successfully start their own nutrition and wellness revolutions?
Imagine if students had the opportunity to compare the nutritional values of lunch options and make informed decisions before ever hitting the cafeteria. For example, students can go online to Wolfram|Alpha and compare grilled chicken breast to a corn dog. Wolfram|Alpha provides them with a nutrition label for each item, and shows a side-by-side comparison of nutritional values such as fats, proteins, and vitamins in each food option. Click the image below to see the full results.
We’ve previously blogged in-depth about a number of these tools, like calculating and comparing the nutritional values of foods and how Wolfram|Alpha can quickly generate nutrition labels that can be displayed in the cafeteria or on the refrigerator. We invite you to explore these topics further.
In addition to food and nutrition data, Wolfram|Alpha can provide our communities health and medicine tools for healthy living such as physical activity calculators, body measurements, and more. If you’re joining the movement to focus on nutrition and fitness in your community, we want to hear about it. Feel free to share your stories and how you’re using Wolfram|Alpha as a tool for healthy living in the comments section below.