|[December 05, 2012]
FoodCalc Launches Nutritional Dining App for the 150 Million Americans Living with Chronic Diseases
LOUISVILLE, Ky. --(Business Wire)--
Inc. announced today the launch of EveryoneEat!TM,
an Android (News - Alert) and iPhone app that empowers the 150 Million Americans living
with chronic diseases, and the millions more at risk, to make
highly-informed meal decisions at 180,000 restaurant locations
According to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), nearly half of
Americans today are living with a nutrition-related chronic disease like
Heart Disease, Diabetes, Kidney Disease and countless other conditions.
Per the National Restaurant Association, 47 percent of all dining is
done in restaurants, meaning that those with chronic diseases are
spending upwards of $280 billion annually dining out without the benefit
of proper nutrition guidance.
Unfortunately, even when available, nutrition information is not
provided to diners in the context of their specific health conditions,
necessitating people to perform sophisticated calculations to determine
if a dish is appropriate for their dietary restrictions. EveryoneEat!
addresses this issue by offering easy-to-attain nutritional guidance for
specific dietary guidelines based on an individual's personal health
profile and disease stages.
After downloading the app, users simply enter basic information (age,
gender, height, weight, activity level), and their chronic helth
conditions and special dietary restrictions. This information is then
used by FoodCalc to calculate a dietary guideline determined in
collaboration with major health associations including, the American
Diabetes Association, the National Kidney Foundation, the National
Osteoporosis Foundation, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute,
and many others. This analysis is instantly performed, and users can
immediately search for dishes at restaurants by type of cuisine or
Dishes are sorted based on how closely they match the user's dietary
needs, providing what FoodCalc terms "Nutrition Insights", a
comprehensive and easy-to-understand overview of the dish at a nutrient
level, specifically attuned to one's health condition. If a nutrient
level is inappropriate (i.e., too many carbs, too much sodium,
phosphorus, etc.), the user will be given specific context for how the
dish compares to an appropriate meal for their health condition.
"Today, there are dozens of 'nutrition' apps providing basic nutrition
facts or generic health 'scores' for hundreds of restaurant chains. But
for Americans with special dietary restrictions, it's unfortunately left
to them to decipher the nutrition facts provided, in order to understand
whether a dish is appropriate for the needs mandated by their specific
condition," said Ken Marshall, CEO at FoodCalc. "What we recognize is
that no matter how simple or complicated a dietary restriction, people
need to easily answer the basic question, 'does this dish meet my
dietary guidelines ', and if not, 'what's off and by how much '
EveryoneEat! addresses this need head on."
In addition to nutrition guidance, the app allows users to "Nominate"
their favorite local restaurants, which FoodCalc will then contact
directly to encourage them to participate. Users can also connect with
Registered Dietitians via the app (their own or one in FoodCalc's
network) for much deeper personalization of dietary guidance.
"Web, mobile and social apps like EveryoneEat! are the future of
dietetics," said Registered Dietitian Meri Raffetto, author of Glycemic
Index for Dummies and co-author of Restaurant Calorie Counter for
Dummies. "To guide their journey of nutrition transformation, our
patients and clients need us to provide guidance to them wherever they
eat, and the level of personalization we are able to provide people
through this app is absolutely unprecedented. Going forward, this type
of solution is going to be our primary driver of patient and client
to download the EveryoneEat! app.
About FoodCalc, Inc.
FoodCalc's mission is to transform the dietary well being of America by
providing nutrition-related apps and services to consumers,
health-related technology companies, healthcare providers and
foodservice businesses. The company provides enterprise class Nutrition
Insight solutions to restaurants, food manufacturers, corporate and
school cafeterias, senior living communities and Registered Dietitians.
Founded in February 2012, the business is headquartered in Louisville,
Kentucky, the nation's leading center for age-related healthcare
research and innovation.
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