The Pacific Tracker (PacTrac2) Diet Assessment Program
PacTrac is a dietary-assessment program that can be used to evaluate dietary data for the Pacific Islands. PacTrac was developed by a USDA/CSREES/Integrated National Research Initiative grant awarded to Dr. Rachel Novotny (no. 2004-35215-14252, CRIS no. 0199107) for the Healthy Living in the Pacific Islands; Healthy Pacific Child Program. Dr. Suzanne Murphy is Co-Investigator.
Version 2 of PacTrac is now available. It is a modification of the MyPyramid Tracker developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), which is an online interactive dietary-assessment tool for use by the public. We modified the original Tracker food composition table for use in Pacific Island food cultures.
Creation of the PacTrac database has involved the work of the many collaborators in the Healthy Living in the Pacific Islands Initiative, who collected diet elements and recipes of Pacific Island foods from throughout the Pacific Region. The current version of PacTrac (version 2) includes the Pacific Island foods found in the UHCC’s Food Composition Table (FCT) and recipes from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The current database consists of the UHCC FCT (2,737 foods), plus 85 recipes from Guam, 40 recipes from CNMI, and 41 childrens’ foods from Hawai‘i.
Although CNPP has recently developed a new MyPlate approach as a consumer education tool, the MyPyramid Tracker software also continues to be available at their Website. MyPlate has not been incorporated into PacTrac version 2.