With less than 24 hours to go, the New Year will be upon us.  And with it comes those ubiquitous resolutions with which we all have love-hate relationships…

Without taking sides or offering up too much advice, here are some helpful online tools that may just come in handy with some of those resolutions that we’ll all be implementing starting tomorrow:


-offers food, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle information and advice, as well as provides a ‘MyPlate’ calorie tracker for weight loss

My Fitness Pal

-free calorie and exercise tracker


-products that track activity, calories and even sleep; updates in real time and can be linked to family or friends’ devices as well

Nike Sport Band

-similar to Fitbit; a sensor in your shoe allows it to function as a pedometer and pace-tracker; also tracks calories and heart rate (with extra equipment)

Calorie Count

-calorie counter, online community

USDA Nutrient Database

-comprehensive database of different nutrient values in foods found in standard measures


-use this to map a course before or after a run; can save routes and workouts and share with others

YMCA Buffalo/Niagara

-if you’re thinking of becoming a member, considering joining Jan. 1!  They are offering $75 off that day, and half-off the joining fee for the rest of the month

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Resources

-if you’re interested in joining a CSA this summer, read the above article for more information and local farm listings




Holly R. Layer

Holly R. Layer

Holly is a registered dietician and a freelance writer. She works as a clinical dietitian at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, teaches fitness classes at the Southtowns Family Branch YMCA and shares her love of food through her blog www.thefrozenpineapple.com (new website coming soon), as well as Buffalo News (Refresh), and the East Aurora Co-op Market (the "Eat This" blog series you see here). She lives in East Aurora with her husband Andrew, an East Aurora native and East Aurora Co-op Market board member.