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Tools for Addressing Nutrition Topics

toolsThese tools can help in all program phases. From planning the intervention to educating the target audience, information is available to assist health professionals.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
CDC, Nutrition and Physical Activity
By entering current body weight and height, the BMI calculator can determine BMI value as a measure of weight status.

CDC Growth Charts
CDC, National Center of Health Statistics
The growth charts consist of a series of percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in U.S. children. Pediatric growth charts have been used by pediatricians, nurses, and parents to track the growth of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States since 1977. This site provides specific growth charts, educational materials, and data tables related to the growth charts.

CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables [PDF - 2.1MB]

Food Service Guidelines
Food service guidelines are used to create a food environment in which healthier choices are made easier for consumers.  These guidelines are used to increase the availability of healthier food and beverages, and to display them more prominently, to increase the likelihood that healthier options are selected by customers.

Fruit and Vegetable Calculator
Enter your age, sex, and level of physical activity to find the amount that's right for you.

Making It Happen — School Nutrition Success Stories
CDC, School and Adolescent Health
This site describes approaches used by schools to encourage changes in nutrition and physical activity behaviors among students. Summaries of each school's activities and contact information are provided.

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

The Community Guide – Nutrition*
The Community Guide conducts systematic reviews to summarize what is known about the effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility of interventions to promote community health and prevent disease. This link provides information about reviews that are planned or in progress regarding the effectiveness of selected population-based intervention programs addressing nutrition.

The DASH Eating Plan
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
"DASH" stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension," a 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.

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)

Eat Smart. Play Hard.
is about encouraging and teaching kids and adults to eat healthy and be physically active everyday.

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