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blackboard with addition problem on it Lunch Menu Calories tracking project

It is important to know how many calories are in meals. Eating too many calories can lead to weight gain.
Eating too few calories can lead to unhealthy weight loss.

This project tracks the total calories of the lunch served at school for one week. Chart your findings.

How do you know the calories? - The person in charge of your cafeteria can provide that information. If not, use

As an alternative - do this project using a meal you eat at home. Always use the same meal: breakfast or lunch or dinner.


Step One - Make a Spreadsheet.

In columns B through F in row 1 - enter the days of the week. You may abbreviate Mon, Tues, Wed, Thr, Fri. Save

lunch calories spreadsheet showing labeling

In columns A, rows 2 - 5 enter entree, salad, dessert, total.


Total - have the spreadsheet do the work

In cell B5 - use a formula to add up or find the SUM of the entree, salad and dessert for Monday.

1. Click in B5

2. Enter an = equal sign

3. Click in cell B2. (Mon entree)

4. Click in cell B3. (Mon salad)

5. Click in cell B4. (Mon dessert)

6. Tap the enter or return key.

A 0 (zero) should now appear in B5. The computer has checked each of the cells in the formula.
There are no amounts entered. The answer to the addition of them is 0 (zero).

7. Save.


Fill - You could repeat this process for each column. But Fill does this easily.

1. Click in B5.

2. Drag to the right across the 5 row from Mon. through Fri.

3. In Excel - Go Edit .. Fill .. Right. Zip the computer has entered the correct formulas in each total cell.
(Other spreadsheet software also has a Fill. Look in the menus)

4. Save.


Step Two - Chart your findings

1. Highlight all the labels and data in the spreadsheet.

2. Go Insert .. Chart or click on the Chart Wizard icon - in the tool bar at the top of the screen. (Look for the little bar chart)

3. Choose a chart that shows the data clearly.

4. Customize it.

5. Save


Step three - Consider your findings

1. Which meal had the highest amount of calories?

2. Which meal did you like the most?

3. Which meal did you like the least?

4. Which meal had the optimal calorie content?

5. Select a meal. Recommend changes that would improve its calorie content.


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