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Weight Assessment

BMI – Body Mass Index
One way to determine if you are at a healthy weight is to calculate your body mass index. BMI is calculated using your height and weight. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.

Weight Loss and Management

Aim for a Healthy Weight
This booklet published by National Heart, Lung and Blood institute (NHLBI), contains practical, easy-to-use information for losing and maintaining weight - including tips on healthy eating and physical activity, other options such as weight loss medications and weight loss surgery, setting weight loss goals, and rewarding success.

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians*
ASBP offers information on the problem of obesity, tips on weight loss, and a referral program to bariatric physicians (specializing in obesity treatment) for professional consultation.

Weight-control Information Network
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
General information, publications, and other resources on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues for the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress.

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much DO you Really Know? (PDF-714k)
(NIDDK), Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
The information in this fact sheet will help clear up confusion about weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity. It may also help you make healthy changes in your eating and physical activity habits. If you have questions not answered here, or if you want to lose weight, talk to your health care provider. A registered dietitian, or other qualified health professional can give you advice on how to follow a healthy eating plan, lose weight safely, and keep it off.

SmallStep.gov
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Weight-loss success stories, Small Step tips, and other resources for maintaining and losing weight.

Nutrition

ChooseMyPlate.gov
Tthe home page for the USDA's MyPlate -- the federal government's nutrition education and guidance. MyPlate, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is part of an effort to promote healthy eating and to encourage consumers to make healthy choices.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides advice about how good dietary habits for people aged 2 years and older can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.
Also available, a brochure for consumers: Let's Eat for the Health of It. (PDF-967k)

Face the Fat – AHA Fat Calculator*
American Heart Association's (AHA) tool helps take the guesswork out of eating fat and encourages smarter fat choices.

Fruits&VeggiesMatter.gov
How many fruits and vegetables do you need?

Healthy Recipes
Links to healthy recipes with calorie counts and nutritional information.

MyFood-a-pedia
This online tool gives you quick access to nutrition information for over 1,000 foods. The MyFood-a-pedia provides calorie count information on the contribution of the food to the five food groups people need to be healthy. MyFood-a-pedia also provides the number of "extra" calories in foods from solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol.

Portion Distortion
Do you know how food portions have changed in 20 years? Take this quiz from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The USDA, Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) Interactive Tools
These Web sites help consumers and professionals with an array of interactive tools for dietary assessment and planning, checking personal health risks, testing knowledge, and evaluating needs.

Weight-control Information Network
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
General information, publications, and other resources on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues for the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress.

Meal Planning and Tracking Tools

Meal Planning
This Food Diary (PDF-33k) and paper menu planner (PDF-68k) is one way to sketch out your meals. If you need help, you might want to try MyPryamid's interactive meal planner. It will give you the approximate calories in your meals and show whether your meals are balanced for the day. It can help plan upcoming meals to meet your weight goals and suggest for potential ways to improve choices.

Healthy Recipes
Links to healthy recipes with calorie counts and nutritional information.

Meals Matter*
Developed by the Dairy Council of California, this site has recipes, personal nutrition planner, fitness planner and more.

Physical Activity Planning and Tracking Tools

My Physical Activity Diary (PDF-49k)
This paper physical activity planner is one way to track your exercise.

Meals Matter*
Developed by the Dairy Council of California, this site has a fitness planner, recipes, personal nutrition planner, and more.

SmallStep.gov
With this site you can set physical activity goals, enter and save your physical activity on a calendar, track and view a graph of your progress, and earn an achievement certificate for reaching your goals.

MyPyramid Tracker
MyPyramid Tracker is Department of Agriculture's (USDA) online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.

The President's Challenge*
Track your personal activity and see how close you are to your goal. You can also compare your progress with others and earn awards for completing each program.

Family Resources

Smallstep Kids
COOL stuff for you kids about FOOD and what it can do for them!

We Can!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) offers a national education program designed for parents and caregivers to help children 8—13 years old stay at a healthy weight. The booklet Finding the Balance: A Parent Resources offers an array of easy to use practical tips and tools for parents and guardians to help their children and families eat healthy, increase physical activity, and decrease screen time.

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