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Table 4 Types of write your own physical activity and nutrition behaviour change goals set by users of the eaTracker® My Goals feature organized by topic and specificity

From: A retrospective analysis of real-world use of the eaTracker® My Goals website by adults from Ontario and Alberta, Canada

  Specific (e.g., with amount)
(n = number of goal statements with specified goal type)
Less specific (e.g., with amount)
(n = number of goal statements with specified goal type)
Physical activity behaviour change goals (n = 734 statements included these goals)
 Aerobic (e.g., running, swimming etc.) n = 149 n = 85
 Strength and flexibility (e.g., weights, yoga, Pilates etc.) n = 24 n = 52
 Unknown exercise n = 89 n = 347
 Other (e.g., fitness classes, exergaming, activity tracking) n = 27 n = 4
Nutrition behaviour change goals (n = 1,568 statements included these goals)
 Canada’s Food Guide Food Group Goals
  Vegetables and Fruit ↑/specific serving number amounts n = 42 n = 80
Limit certain vegetables and fruit n = 3 -
Improving vegetable and fruit quality n = 2 n = 4
  Grain Products ↑/specific serving number amounts n = 1 n = 2
Limit grain products (e.g., bread) or specific grain products n = 7 n = 9
↑ whole grains/try new grains n = 5 n = 2
  Milk and Alternatives ↑/specific serving number amount n = 2 n = 1
Limit milk and alternatives n = 8 n = 3
Choose healthier milk and alternatives (e.g., low fat products) n = 3 -
  Meat and Alternatives ↑/specific serving number amount n = 1 n = 1
Limit meat and alternatives (including limit red meat) n = 6 n = 4
Choose fish, lean meats, or meat alternatives n = 12 n = 15
 Limiting unhealthy foods/beverages and/or fat, cholesterol, sodium, and/or sugar in general n = 140 n = 91
 Alcohol n = 22 n = 12
 Water n = 62 n = 53
 Limit coffee and/or caffeine n = 10 n = 2
 Eat more/specific amounts of certain nutrients n = 32 n = 57
 Eat less/limit certain nutrients (except fat, sodium, and sugar) n = 12 n = 31
 Caloric/food intake amounts n = 69 n = 28
 Portion control n = 10 n = 42
 Self-monitor diet and/or ↑ awareness n = 74 n = 19
 Eating out less/Eat at home more n = 8 n = 7
 Evening/night time eating n = 60 n = 10
 Follow Canada’s Food Guide n = 36  
 Follow vegetarian/vegan diets n = 12  
 Follow fad diets n = 15  
 Gluten free (includes wheat free) n = 21  
 Follow other plans n = 38  
 Glycemic index n = 4  
 Clean eating n = 15  
 Supplements n = 7  
 Planning and preparing food n = 29 n = 38
 Goals describing when food is eaten or not eaten/eating patterns n = 46 n = 31
 Breakfast n = 24 n = 1
 Psychological aspects of eating n = 31 n = 16
 General eating improvementsa n = 71 n = 261
 Otherb n = 6 n = 6
  1. aGoals making reference to unspecific eating for a specific outcome (e.g., disease management) were coded as General Healthy Eating (lacks specificity) (n = 57 entries)
  2. bIncludes alternate/natural sweeteners, organic eating, adding/removing miscellaneous foods, avoiding allergens, eating as normal
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