External Resources

Weight Loss and Management

Aim for a Healthy Weightexternal icon
Practical, easy-to-use information for losing and maintaining weight. The booklet includes 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. Published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Weight Managementexternal icon
Information on topics such as staying active at any size, binge eating disorder, a guide for teens, food portions, and bariatric surgery for severe obesity. Available from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Some Myths about Nutrition and Physical Activityexternal icon
Information that may help you make changes in your daily eating and physical activity habits so that you improve your well-being and reach or maintain a healthy weight. From the NIDDK.

Nutrition

ChooseMyPlate.govexternal icon
Practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets. Also use the Start Simple with MyPlate mobile app to pick daily food goals, see real-time progress, and earn badges along the way. From the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020external icon
Outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns, covering the complete combination of foods and drinks. This edition offers 5 overarching guidelines and key recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits. Published by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The Facts on Fats Infographicexternal icon
Understand different types of fats and which ones to love, limit, and lose based on American Heart Association recommendations for heart health.

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

Interactive Toolsexternal icon
An array of tools for dietary assessment and planning, checking personal health risks, testing knowledge, and evaluating needs. From the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Meal Planning and Tracking Tool

MyPlate Plan external icon
USDA’s ChooseMyPlate 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.