Introduction SMART is an acronym used to guide you with personal goal setting. P

April 18, 2024


SMART is an acronym used to guide you with personal goal setting. Please view the below video for an explanation of SMART. I have also included a brief explanation of each as a quick reference.


Your goal should be specific. This means that your goal should be well-defined and clear. Readers of the goal know who the goal is about, what is being accomplished, why the goal is important, etc.


Your goal should be measurable. This measures how much is needed for success and generally involves some numerical number. It answers questions such as “how much/little” and “how long”.


Your goal should be attainable (e.g., achievable). This means that your goals are realistic and healthy. For example, saying that you will lose 20 pounds in one week is both unrealistic and unhealthy. In general, less is more when it comes to setting goals. With time, you can change the parameters of your goals that may seem more realistic than they previously had.


Your goal should be relevant. This means that the goal will be worthwhile to YOU. Make sure that your goal is something that you personally would like to achieve.


Your goal should be time-bound. This is similar to the Measurable component, but specifically involves the “how long” portion. This allows you to more easily determine if you are meeting your goals by certain “benchmarks”.

Your Task

Write 1 SMART goal related to a nutrition goal that you would be interested in working toward while completing the Dietary Analysis Assignments.

Please note that you should only write 1-2 sentences total for this assignment. Examples are provided in the above video.


You may submit this assignment either as a text entry or file upload. This needs to be completed by Saturday, April 20th by 11:59 PM.


The assignment is worth a total of 20 points. Each component of SMART will be graded out of 4 points.

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