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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.

Adult BMI Widget
You can add the Adult BMI widget to your Website to let anyone calculate their Body Mass Index (BMI).

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.

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-714KB]
(NIDDK), Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
The information in this fact sheet will help clear up confusion about weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity.

This Web site features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets.

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.

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.

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

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.

Meal Planning and Tracking Tools

Meal Planning
Food Diary [PDF-33KB]
If you want to make changes to improve the way you eat and your body weight, the first step is to identify what you do now.

ChooseMyPlate’s Daily Food Plan
The Daily Food Plan shows what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level.

ChooseMyPlate.Gov’s Super Tracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.

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

Physical Activity Planning and Tracking Tools

My Physical Activity Diary [PDF-49KB]
This paper physical activity planner is one way to track your exercise.

ChooseMyPlate.Gov's Super Tracker can help you track your physical activity.

Family Resources

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.

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