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Nutrition Resources for Everyone

General Nutrition Information
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.
Also available, a brochure for consumers: Let's Eat for the Health of It. (PDF-967k)

Interactive Tools
These Web resources from the USDA help consumers and professionals with dietary assessment and planning, checking personal health risks, testing knowledge, and evaluating needs.

Make Your Calories Count
This interactive learning program from the FDA provides consumers with information to help plan a healthful diet while managing calorie intake. The exercises will help consumers use the food label to make decisions about which food choice is right for them.

Look up a food to get quick access to nutrition info for over 8,000 foods. Choose and compare 2 foods.

Portion Distortion!
To see if you know how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago, quiz yourself on National Institutes of Health (NIH) Portion Distortion.

What’s on Your Plate?
Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging
(NIH) National Institute on Aging, offers  nutrition and lifestyle information for healthy aging.


Healthy Recipes

Free Healthy Recipes
Here are a variety of free recipes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to help you plan meals. All recipes are heart healthy and include important information about the serving size, number of servings, calories, and other nutrients.

A Healthier You
Here are almost 100 easy-to-make, fun, and delicious recipes based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. No advanced cooking skills required, and they taste great.

Healthy Eating Made Easier
Developed by the Dairy Council of California, this site has educational resources, meal planning, healthy recipes and more.


Dietary Supplements

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
The US Food and Drug Administration answers common questions regarding dietary supplements; for example, What is a dietary supplement? How are dietary supplements regulated?

Office of Dietary Supplements
National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides information on dietary supplements. 


Nutrition for Children

Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding. CDC's Breastfeeding site has frequently asked questions, recommendations, national breastfeeding statistics as well as information on a variety of other topics. You can also find links to other breastfeeding resources.

Empowering Youth with Nutrition & Physical Activity
Empowering Youth is a Department of Agriculture (USDA) manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11–18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events.

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.

Women’s Breastfeeding site
Health and Human Services' (HHS) resources for breastfeeding mothers including questions and answers about breast feeding as a well as a breastfeeding helpline phone number.


Sites Especially for Kids

BAM! Body and MindBAM!
Designed for kids 9–13 years old, CDC's BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.
For Kids to find games and materials designed specifically for children aged 6 to 11.
Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) promotes healthy, positive behaviors among girls between the ages of 10 and 16. The purpose of the site is to give girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women, and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.

Kids Health
Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides information for kids written in age-appropriate content and tone.

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
National Institute of Health (NIH) created this interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13 is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health — especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.


Fruit and Vegetable Information

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters®
Learn more about fruits and vegetables from this national public health initiative created to encourage Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables.

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Manage Your Weight
CDC provides information about fruits and vegetables and their role in your weight management plan. Tips to cut calories by substituting fruits and vegetables are included with meal-by-meal examples. You will also find snack ideas that are 100 calories or less.


Food Safety Information

Food Safety
Preventing foodborne illness and death remains a major public health challenge.


Disease-specific Organizations

American Cancer Society
Nutrition information for cancer patients before, during, and after cancer treatment.

American Diabetes Association
Nutrition information and recipes for individuals interested in managing diabetes.

American Heart Association
Healthy lifestyle information to help decrease risk for cardiovascular disease.

The DASH Eating Plan
"DASH" stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension," National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on blood pressure. Study results indicated that elevated blood pressures were reduced by an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods and is low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol.

National Osteoporosis Foundation
Tips and information that may help prevent osteoporosis.

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