Monitoring Calorie Intake a Click Away With Revolutionary Calorie Scanner™

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First portable electronic calorie monitor from Training Peaks LLC helps consumers track calories for athletic, weight management goals.

The first step to achieving your nutritional goals -- whether it’s for weight loss, athletic performance or managing your health -- is to be aware of what you are putting into your body

Training Peaks, LLC, the leading provider of online training technology for endurance athletes and coaches, has developed the Calorie Scanner™, a cutting edge nutrition tracking system. Ideal for anyone interested in monitoring their caloric intake, from professional athletes to business professionals, the Calorie Scanner fits on a keychain, in a pocket or purse. The database recognizes over a half million UPC bar codes and includes nutrition information for 50,000 “branded” foods, allowing the user to track calories per serving on the go or right in their kitchens. With each UPC scanned, an audible chirp confirms to the user that the barcode has been stored and time stamped. The scanner holds up to 150 scans. The Calorie Scanner is available exclusively at http://www.TrainingPeaks.com.    

Building on its expertise of providing supporting software technology for devices such as Polar, Garmin and Timex watches that monitor calorie expenditure, Training Peaks developed the Calorie Scanner using the Symbol Technology CS 1504 device. The Calorie Scanner automates the process of monitoring calorie consumption through point and click UPC barcode scanning. Ideal for everyday consumers, the device uploads data to a web-based account for convenient analysis by athletes, coaches and nutrition professionals.

Training Peaks Messenger is a Windows application that is provided with every Calorie Scanner. With just a few clicks, the time-stamped UPC scans are easily transferred to TP Messenger via the included USB cable, then instantly uploaded to the user’s private Scanner Inbox via the Internet. The Scanner Inbox provides a web-based interface to match UPC scans to food information in the Training Peaks Nutrition Database. The web-based system provides additional functionality that gives users the ability to “clone” nutrition information from thousands of generic foods from the USDA Database to create “custom” foods. Custom foods are shared by the entire Training Peaks user community.

“The first step to achieving your nutritional goals -- whether it’s for weight loss, athletic performance or managing your health -- is to be aware of what you are putting into your body,” emphasizes Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, nutrition and fitness expert. “The Calorie Scanner is the ideal way to accurately monitor and create a personalized nutrition plan."

The “Calories Count” slogan from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans inspired the development of Calorie Scanner. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson explains that the report “places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity”.

“We all know calories count, but counting calories is a pain”, explained Donavon Guyot, CEO of Training Peaks. “Before we developed Calorie Scanner, counting calories was like exercising with your finger pressed into your neck to take your pulse. The Calorie Scanner will do for nutrition what heart rate monitors did for exercise.”

Calorie Scanner support and the next generation of nutrition management functionality are currently available exclusively at http://www.TrainingPeaks.com. The Calorie Scanner requires a subscription to the online service in order to reconcile UPCs with nutrition information. TrainingPeaks.com provides comprehensive workout planning, nutrition tracking and other tools to help users train for a variety of events from 5/10K’s to marathons and triathlons. Discounts off the retail price of the scanner are available and are based on subscription terms. Pricing and detailed information are available at http://www.TrainingPeaks.com/CalorieScanner.

TrainingPeaks, LLC develops and maintains http://www.TrainingPeaks.com The Endurance Operating System for Athletes, Coaches and Active Lifestyle Participants.

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