Getting startedQ1 Do you have a telephone number or fax number?
No. All support is handled electronically to ensure your needs are well documented and our responses are knowledgeable and meet the purpose of your inquiry. We always reply quickly to your emails during the hours of 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.
Q2 Do I need to install anything?
No. The Program is accessed online, so does not require installation or any software. You will be given a username and password which you can use anywhere, as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.
Q3 Will The Nutrition Program run on my computer?
The most likely answer to that question is Yes. The Nutrition Program will work on a PC and a MAC or basically any computer that has an internet browser. It does rely on your internet connection, so if your network is slow you may experience issues.
Q4 Which subjects in school can use the Nutrition Program?
The main subject areas using this program are Food Preparation and Nutrition, Food Technology, Home Economics and Catering. But there are many other subjects and school areas which study nutrition, recipes, meals and diets. Click here to see them
Q5 I have not received my login details.
If you have signed up for a trial version, and chosen your username and password yourself, then these are the details that remain the same for your subscription. If you have sent us a purchase order then we will set the username and password ourselves. We will send you details of these after payment has been received (which should be within 14 days of invoice date), and should be within 48 hours.
Q6 I've forgotten my password.
Click here and fill in your email to be sent your details again. If you registered your account in an old email address that you no longer use, then email us to change it. If you are a student, then ask your teacher for your login details.
Q7 How do I set up my students accounts and how do I change them after a year?
Once you have purchased a subscription, first login the school within the Teacher Login manages your users. You see a list of users, with random letters generated by the program. You can change the usernames and all the passwords. Each student can be given their own username, or you can use those on the automatic system. Be aware that we have over 100,000 students registered for the program, so choose usernames and passwords that you think are unique. DO NOT USE STUDENT NAMES FOR USERNAMES AS THIS INFRINGES GDPR REGULATIONS.
When you want to change the users, tick to “Clear the account”, which empties it of the work, then type in the new username to replace the username that you want to change. Finally click Update and the new student has a new username and a fresh, empty account to work with.You can update a large list of student usernames using our csv system in Teacher login.
Clearing all your usernames using the csv account - download your list and see
A = current username
B= current password
You then need to fill in
C= new username
D= new password
You cannot have any of the same usernames as last year or it will reject the file.
ALL columns A-D need to be filled in and ALL rows numbered.
Yes. We have written The Nutrition Program in html so that it will operate on an ipad, with more features coming soon.
Q9 Our school is part of a consortium of several schools. Can we have one licence?
No, the Nutrition Program licence is for each individual address based on one postcode. Schools with different postcodes need separate licences.
Q10 My school can't afford the program - what do you suggest?
There is funding through Pupil Premium which can be used for Raising Standards and The Nutrition Program meets the criteria.
Renewing your account
Q11 How will I know when my account is due to expire?
The program sends an automated email out to customers 21, 7 days and then 3 days before the account is due to expire. So please make sure you keep us up to date with your correct email address. You can also log into your teacher account, and it will show you how long you have until the subscription ends. We use the emails you provide.
Q12 I want to downsize my account to reduce the numbers of users. Will work be lost?
Yes. If you downsize from, for example, 50 to 20 users then the program renews the first 20 accounts on the list, but not the last 30. This means that work in the last 30 accounts is lost with your new smaller subscription.
We cannot retrieve this work so please save it before your subscription expires.
Q13 How do I renew my account?
To renew your subscription, login and click Subscribe / Renew and then decide if you want to pay by credit card or PayPal, fill out the details on the form and submit them. When payment is made by credit card or PayPal, you are online.
Q14 The program has worked for years and now students can't access the ingredients.
Some schools have Filtered servers for students which are administered at county level. Ask IT to check and see if the Nutrition Program can be released from this filtering system.
Q15 What specification does the program need to run?
Q16 Do some Virus scanners interfere with the program?
To whitelist the Nutrition Program
Q17 My 24 hour trial account only shows foods with letter A. Why is this?
So many people have been using the free trial and signing up with multiple emails we have limited its use to foods with A. Paid subscription accounts have all the ingredients available that we offer. Email us if you need longer.
Q18 The program has a slow connection when many students go online. What should I do?
Check with your IT support team at school and ask them the following questions:
Single user accounts
This account is for one user only. If the account is used for multiple users then we will ask you to upgrade your subscription. Multiple users on this account will cause loss of work and crashing.
Q19 Error says NaN on food costings/weight. Why is this?
You are using an old Flash based login. “NaN” is the symbol produced with an invalid operation as found when using the old site. The login is www.nutritionprogram.co.uk for teachers and students.
Q20I can't see any of the ingredients when I search.
Does your school use Smooth Wall as a proxy server and have you changed the gateway? If you have changed to a ssl configured gateway for secure data this may be blocking our data from arriving in the program. Please ask IT for help with this to allow our program to be used.
Q21 Costing of food - what if the price doesn't seem right?
If you think the food price is wrong please email us - there are 5000+ foods on the database, so some may be incorrect. Prices are checked about every 6 months but food costs are changing rapidly. Our prices come from online shops such as Sainsburys.
You can change the cost of the food product yourself. Go to My Recipe, Cost Analysis. Click on the food to change and click Edit cost in the bottom left of the screen. Enter the price that you are using.
Q22 Why are there no details or prices for organic, halal and fair trade ingredients?
The Food Standards Agency says that there is no nutritional difference between organic and ordinary food, so we have not included them. I know that the prices are different, but you will need to Edit and add your own prices as shown how in Q5.
Q23 I want to compare the nutrition of beef and chicken.
Open My Recipes and Find ingredient. Then choose beef and select one type. It says View Nutrition info and if you click it, it lists all the nutrition for that food. Copy to clipboard, and then paste into Word. Repeat for chicken.
Q24 How do I adapt the Recipe Sheet for my coursework?
Export the Recipes sheet using 'printable version'. Then copy the image and text that it shows and paste it into a Word document that you can change to suit your needs.
Q25 I can't see RIs for my recipes for vitamins and minerals.
There are no RIs for vitamins or minerals for a recipe which is why the boxes are empty. If you want to look at the contribution of vitamins and minerals to a diet, please access My Diets or My Meals.
Q27 I want to see which foods in my recipe are high in iron.
In My Recipe click Nutrition info>Custom, scroll down and choose iron and tick - the chart will show you the amount of Iron, you can also look in Recipes>Find ingredient> Show me and choose Food high in iron. Hover over the Iron word and it gives you a breakdown by % of the iron in the food per ingredient.
Q28 There are no values for some of the micronutrients when we analyse recipes and we know they are there - Vitamin D and E for example.
When we have added new foods using supermarket data, the micronutrient information is not available. When you click Find ingredient, Enter amount - you see View Nutrition Info. Scroll down and if it says N/A then we do not have this data.
When you analyse a recipe and you see on Show All *Data for some ingredients is not available, this means data is missing and you can check each ingredient to see what is not on our database.
Q29 I want you to add my special ingredients to the database.
We can add ingredients if they are listed by the supermarket as we need costings per 100 grams and use recognised nutritional standards. We may not be able to add some ingredients if we can't find the correct information. Email us if you want this to happen.
Q30 I need ideas on raising funds to buy the Program please.
Ask about Pupil Premium funds or Gifted and Talented resources. Local supermarkets may offer financial support too.
Q31 Where does the Nutritional data come from?
The basis of the program is McCance and Widdowson, 6th Edition. When we update the site in 2017 The 7th Edition will be included. We also include foods from USDA and search Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and other suppliers to update information.
Q32 Where is data stored?
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