Birthday, What to Do on Your


On your birthday each year, it's a good idea to review your Personal Daily Allowances (PDAs). This is especially true on your 19th, 31st, 51st, and 71st birthdays, because some of the official Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) change at that timeóbut Diet Power doesn't automatically make the changes for you. (The program will give you a special reminder on those birthdays, however.)


Here are the nutrients in question:


   At age 19: calcium, copper, dietary fiber (for females), fat, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin (for males), phosphorus, protein (for males), riboflavin (for males), vitamin B6, (for females), zinc, and vitamin C,


   At age 31: magnesium.


   At age 51: calcium, dietary fiber, iron (for females), niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin D.


   At age 71: vitamin D.


Two Ways to Make These "Birthday" Changes


The quick way is simply to open the Personal Information Form on your birthday or soon after, make sure there's a check mark in the box labeled "Revise my Personal Daily Allowances to reflect changes made here," and click the OK button. This will automatically set your PDAs to the defaults for your new age. (It may also override any special PDAs you've set for yourself. Use the Personal Daily Allowance Editor to restore the amounts you want.)


The slow way is to find the new PDA by reading the Help topic on each nutrient listed above, then use the Personal Daily Allowance Editor to make each change manually.