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Overweight / Obesity Resources
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Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources
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Overweight / Obesity     Back To Top

Aim for a Healthy Weight
38 page booklet for adults that contains practical, easy-to-use information for losing and maintaining weight including tips on healthy eating and physical activity: setting weight loss goals, portion and serving size information, sample reduced calorie menus, guidance on dining out, a sample walking program, weekly food and activity diary, and rewarding success.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/aim_hwt.pdf

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program
Short fact sheet that guides the reader through a number of questions to ask their health care provider and additional steps to identify an appropriate weight loss plan.
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/Choosingprogram0208.pdf

Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight?
6 page fact sheet that provides general information about the health risks of overweight/obesity and suggests additional resources.
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/hlthrisks1104.pdf

Overweight and Obesity
This site defines overweight and obesity and presents information on prevalence, contributing factors, health and economic consequences, frequently asked questions, recommendations, state programs and other resources.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/index.htm

Understanding Adult Obesity Fact Sheet
This fact sheet covers how obesity is measured, Body Mass Index (BMI), causes of obesity, body fat distribution, risks of obesity and its psycho-social effects. Also provides information on additional resources.
http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/understandingobesityrev.pdf

Weight Loss for Life
14 page color brochure for adults provides information on the reasons to lose weight and how to do so.
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/WeightLossforLife_04.pdf

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much Do You Really Know
6 page fact sheet on diet myths.
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/Myths.pdf


Nutrition     Back To Top

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities. These guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for Americans ages 2 and older about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. For more information please visit the USDA website:
http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm

You may also download the 112 page pdf version of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans at this site:
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf

Health.gov
Health.gov is a website that is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It serves as a source of credible, accurate information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.
http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp

Fruits & Veggies - More Matters™
Fruits & Veggies - More Matters™ is a dynamic health initiative that consumers can see in stores, online, at home and on packaging. It replaces the 5 A Day awareness program and will leverage the 5 A Day heritage and success to further inspire and support consumers to eat more vegetables and fruits, showcasing the unrivaled combination of great taste, nutrition, abundant variety, and various product forms (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice). It also builds upon the body of science that indicates that increased daily consumption of vegetables and fruits may help prevent many chronic diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) are leading this initiative and are in partnership with other health organizations.

For more information on the Fruits & Veggies - More Matters™ health initiative, brand and logo, please visit PBH at www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

For more information on The National Fruit and Vegetable Program and its members, see About the National Fruit & Vegetable Program.

Men Eat 9 a Day
A short booklet for African American Men reminding them to eat 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day. The booklet offers tips on how to ensure men are eating the right assortment of fruits and vegetables and information on what is a serving.
http://www.5aday.gov/tools/assets/pdf/AAmensBro_print.pdf

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Eating Plan
This website contains the DASH Eating Plan and includes information on the research findings that demonstrate its health benefits. The website describes the Eating Plan and provides sample 7-day menus and several recipes. It also gives helpful tips on how to get started, how to use the DASH Eating Plan if trying to lose weight, how to reduce sodium intake and how to read and interpret the Nutrition Facts label.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/

Facts About the DASH Eating Plan
This full color glossy brochure provides information on hypertension, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan and strategies to reduce sodium intake. It also offers a number of recipes.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf

Food and Nutrition Information Center Interactive Toolbox
The Interactive Toolbox contains links to Web sites that allow consumers and professionals to input information and receive individual feedback to help with dietary assessment and planning, checking personal health risks, testing knowledge, and evaluating needs.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000035.html

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label
A useful site that offers easy-to-understand information on Nutrition Facts labels.
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/foodlab.html

Interactive Menu Planner
This site provides an online tool that calculates the servings and calories of your selections from a list of available foods and beverages to make up a meal of specified calories. It also has a link to a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator and an explanation of Portion Distortion.
http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/menuplanner/menu.cgi

Keep the Beat Heart Healthy Recipes
145 page collection of recipes. Contents include information on planning a nutritious day, reducing heart disease risks and reading food labels.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/other/ktb_recipebk/ktb_recipebk.pdf

MyPyramid.gov
The interactive component of the USDA's new food pyramid, this site allows users to input their age, sex, and amount of daily physical activity to create a personalized food pyramid. The personalized pyramid comes along with recommendations of consumption of specific foods and a meal-tracking worksheet to follow your progress. MyPyramid Tracker is a tool that allows users to take an interactive, in-depth assessment of their food intake and physical activity.
http://www.mypyramid.gov/

El Plan MiPirámide
(Spanish version of MyPyramid)
http://www.mypyramid.gov/sp-index.html

Anatomy of MyPyramid
An in-depth description of the new MyPyramid, developed to remind consumers to make healthy food choices and to be active every day.
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tnforms/TIPS.pdf

Nutrition for Everyone
This website helps everyone in developing healthier eating habits. Key areas of focus in which good nutrition can help promote better health include: healthy weight, fruits and vegetables, bone health and iron deficiency. There is also a section of quick tips, resources for health professionals and several other nutrition-related topics.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/nutrition_for_everyone/index.htm

Nutrition.gov
Nutrition.gov is a great resource for up-to-date food and nutrition information. In addition to serving as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals, the site offers current food and nutrition news and publications, information on weight management, information on food assistance programs and grocery-shopping tips.
http://www.nutrition.gov

USDA Agricultural Research Service - USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
This website provides a resource to find the nutritional composition of food products. The Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) has the responsibility to develop USDA's National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the foundation of most food and nutrition databases in the US, used in food policy, research and nutrition monitoring. Their database products are available to the public and scientific community.
HTTP://WWW.NAL.USDA.GOV/FNIC/FOODCOMP/SEARCH/

American Dietetic Association
For the public, for ADA members, for students and for health professionals - the American Dietetic Association is a leading source for trustworthy, science-based food and nutrition information. As the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
HTTP://WWW.EATRIGHT.ORG

Healthfinder®
Healthfinder.gov is a website provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services. This website has a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. www.healthfinder.gov/
Specific information related to nutrition can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=591


Physical Activity Resources     Back To Top

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
In 2008 the Federal Government issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. This link provides a description of the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans. www.health.gov/paguidelines

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)
This is an update of the guide that was first published in 1998 titled: Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging. Since then, scientists have learned more about the benefits of exercise for older people and the things that motivate people to become more active, so the authors decided the guide needed an update.
http://www.niapublications.org/exercisebook/ExerciseGuideComplete.pdf

El Ejercicio y Su Salud: Su Guía Personal para Mantenerse Sano y Fuerte
(Spanish version of Exercise: A guide from that National Institute on Aging)
http://www.nia.nih.gov/healthinformation/publications/spanish/exerciseguide-sp.htm

Physical Activity for Everyone
This site provides visitors with an overview of the importance of physical activity and resources to encourage physical activity. Features a Measuring Physical Activity Intensity section which includes the Talk Test, target heart rate and estimated maximum heart rate tests, a perceived exertion test, a metabolic equivalent level test, and lists of sample activities by intensity level. Also provides recommendations for physical activity, a strength training for older adults section, and links to additional resources.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/index.htm

President's Challenge - The nation's physical activity program
A central component of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. The President's Challenge helps people get active, improve their fitness and live happier, healthier lives. This website is the interactive component of that challenge and provides information for kids, teens, adults, seniors, teachers and physical activity advocates on how to register, track progress, calculate fitness and earn awards for meeting goals.
http://www.presidentschallenge.org/

Take the President's Challenge: Stay Active and Be Fit!
This booklet gives an overview of the President's Challenge, including how to get started, information on using a pedometer, a typical workout, safety during physical activity, and information about shoes, clothes and other activity tools.
http://www.presidentschallenge.org/pdf/active_lifestyle.pdf

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA)
This challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do. PALA makes fitness fun! Yes, you need to be active every day, but participants can choose all kinds of activities to meet this goal-playing with the kids, gardening, walking, playing basketball, running, yoga, and more. For more information visit the website at:
http://www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/active/index.shtml

Healthfinder®
Healthfinder.gov is a website provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services. This website has a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. www.healthfinder.gov/
Specific information related to nutrition can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=591


Recreation.gov
A partnership among Federal land management agencies to provide an easy-to-use website with information about all federal recreation areas, the site allows you to search for recreation areas by state, recreational activity, agency, or map. It also provides links to recreation maps, weather advisories, and sites where visitors can make advanced reservations for camp sites and tours.
http://www.recreation.gov

Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart
This guide presents comprehensive and easy-to-understand information on the impact of physical activity on your heart as well as the power of physical activity to keep you healthy overall. The guide also addresses the many other benefits of regular physical activity like burning extra calories, building stamina, improving balance, strengthening your lungs, and boosting the way you feel. It includes sample walking and jogging programs, instructions for finding your target heart rate zone, ideas for making fitness a family affair, and an overview of the best physical activities for a healthy heart.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/phy_active.pdf


Nutrition and Physical Activity     Back To Top

Better Health and You: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan: Tips for Adults
26 page brochure on healthy eating and physical activity, featuring activity log and food diary examples for readers.
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/tipsforadults804bw.pdf

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities. These guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for Americans ages 2 and older about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. For more information please visit the USDA website:
http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm

You may also download the 112 page pdf version of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans at this site:
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf

Health.gov
Health.gov is a website that is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It serves as a source of credible, accurate information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.
http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp

Energize Yourself and Your Family
20 page brochure created for African American women and their families. Provides information on the benefits of exercise and integrating it into their lives. Includes nutrition guidance on keeping track of serving sizes and reading food labels. Also offers information on free healthy cookbooks.
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/EnergizeYourself2004.pdf

MyPyramid.gov
The interactive component of the USDA's new food pyramid, this site allows users to input their age, sex, and amount of daily physical activity to create a personalized food pyramid. The personalized pyramid comes along with recommendations of consumption of specific foods and a meal-tracking worksheet to follow your progress. MyPyramid Tracker is a tool that allows users to take an interactive, in-depth assessment of their food intake and physical activity.
http://www.mypyramid.gov/

El Plan MiPirámide
(Spanish version of MyPyramid)
http://www.mypyramid.gov/sp-index.html

Anatomy of MyPyramid
An in-depth description of the new MyPyramid, developed to remind consumers to make healthy food choices and to be active every day.
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tnforms/TIPS.pdf

Physical Activity and Good Nutrition: Essential Elements to Preventing Chronic Disease and Obesity
This site provides evidence for and information on how physical activity and good nutrition can help to prevent chronic disease and obesity.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/aag/dnpa.htm

SmallStep.gov
SmallStep.gov aims to prevent obesity by encouraging small dietary and physical activity changes in the form of 120 steps, such as Step 5 - "Drink water before a meal", Step 35 - "Sit up straight at work", and Step 106 - "When eating out, ask your server to put half your entrée in a to-go-bag". The site includes the list of steps as well as success stories and tips. Website visitors can create an activity tracker to monitor their progress and sign up for a newsletter with tips and recipes. También se ofrece informacion en Españeol.
http://www.smallstep.gov

Let's Move - America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future starting with their earliest months and years and continuing throughout their lives. This initiative gives parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices and provides healthier foods in our schools. It ensures that every community has access to healthy, affordable food. And, Let's MOVE! helps kids and their families become more physically active.
http://www.letsmove.gov

Other Resources     Back To Top

healthfinder.gov
healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable consumer health information. This site links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,700 health-related government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, includes many online checkups and offers daily health news in English and Spanish. También se ofrece informacion en Españeol.
http://www.healthfinder.gov/

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy Communities Program
CDC's Healthy Communities Program works with communities through state and national partnerships to improve community leader's skills and commitments of establishing, advancing, and maintaining effective population-based strategies that reduce the burden of chronic disease and achieve health equity. Through this program, communities are able to implement policies that sustain environmental and systems changes that address the major risk factors - tobacco, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating. Currently, 306 communities and 50 state health departments have been funded. Additional communities will be added each year.
http://www.cdc.gov/healthycommunitiesprogram/

My HealtheVet (MHV)
My HealtheVet (MHV) is the gateway to veteran health benefits and services. It provides access to trusted health information, links to Federal and VA benefits and resources, the Personal Health Journal (click on Track Health to access journals for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, food intake, activity, etc.), and online VA prescription refill. My HealtheVet is a powerful tool to help you better understand and manage your health.
http://www.myhealth.va.gov

MEDLINEPlus
MedlinePlus has extensive information on over 700 diseases and conditions as well as prescription and nonprescription drugs. There are lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
http://medlineplus.gov/

MEDLINEPlus - En Españeol
(Spanish version of MEDLINEPlus)
http://medlineplus.gov/spanish/

Pick Your Path to Health
This site is dedicated to the health of women. It is a resource that provides information about the different types and importance of nutrients in food; which types of foods to eat to stay healthy; how to read a Nutrition Facts label; tips for improving food choices at home and when eating out; about vitamins and mineral supplements; information on the types and importance of physical activity.
http://www.womenshealth.gov/fitnessnutrition/

US Army Public Health Command (Provisional)
The mission of the Army Public Health Command is to promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability of Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Department of the Army civilian employees; and assure effective execution of full spectrum veterinary service for Army and Department of Defense Veterinary missions.
http://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx

VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a field-based program office of the Office of Patient Care Services. NCP adocates for health promotion, disease prevention, and patient health education for Veterans. NCP advises VHA leadership on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention policy providing programs, education, resources, coordination, guidance, and oversight for clinical staff in VA medical facilities to enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life of veterans.
http://www.prevention.va.gov

Management of Overweight and Obesity (OBE)
VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines

http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/OBE/OBE_base.htm