The “Improved” (?) Nutrition Tracker
Friday, November 22, 2013
On Friday I went to enter my foods in my Nutrition Tracker and discovered it had changed – I wondered if this was due to an update to my computer at the beginning – but no! its been “improved”.
When I said something about that we hadn’t been warned on the Leaders message board – I was told –
“Sorry that I didn't post this sooner. You can copy and paste this message in your teams to better inform them if you are seeing questions.
This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail:
1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page.
2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page:
- The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback buttons were moved down the page.
- We dropped the fruit/veggie quick track but that tracking can easily be added to the Start page tracking options. The same can be done with the water tracking as well for more of a one stop tracking option.
- The button to add more nutrients is now at the bottom of the page, vs to the top right of foods tracked for the day
We will be updating the Nutrition Tracker tour in a week or so. Further questions can be directed to email@example.com or via the Site/Tech message board forum.
While we know change can be difficult, please know that we do not make changes simply for the sake of change. Our goal is always to better serve the millions of members that are working hard to positively change their life, one goal at a time.
So basically what they are saying is – the changes are for our own good!!
So the fact that the water tracker has moved to the bottom of the page – must mean it is of little importance since its easy to forget down there – the same applies to “feedback” obviously a balanced diet is of no importance!!
Do we agree with this attitude – not on your ...........!!
And the worst thing – the Fruit and veg tracker has gone – on being asked about this the reply was:
“Related to the veggie/fruit tracker, that option was intended as an alternative for people that don't like detailed tracking. The 'quick tracker' was the same thing for people who had trouble tracking activity and just wanted to check off that they had done something but weren't using it to monitor calories burned. Those goal setting options still exist on the new start page for those people that are motivated by keeping track of activities completed. If you need more focused tracking to help you reach your goals, the detailed trackers are available. Hopefully everyone still has what they need to reach their goals even if they are placed in a different location.
Ok – so we can set a fruit and veg tracker up on our start pages (assuming everyone knows how – and I’ll bet a lot have no idea)!! But it doesn’t link in with the Nutrition Tracker as it used to and to get the points from eating the veg and fruit – we need to add each one individually to the tracker – though you can get 1 point for shoving the slider button if you set up the tracker on your start page!!
So again we assume – fruits and veg tracking are of little importance!!
The real point out of all this is – that Sparkpeople say they have our interests at heart!! But what is more important – a nice clean tidy page (which is what the changes are in aid of) – or helping the members to change to a healthier lifestyle by having important things sitting in front of them so they are harder to forget??