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Overweight / Obesity     Back To Top

Let's Move!
The Let’s Move! campaign was launched in February 2010 by our First Lady, Michelle Obama. It is a comprehensive initiative with a goal of overcoming childhood obesity using effective strategies and mobilizing public and private sector resources. There are four primary objectives of Let’s Move!:
     To help parents make healthy family choices
     To provide healthy food in schools
     To improve access to healthy, affordable food
     To increase Americans’ physical activity levels
http://www.letsmove.gov/

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program
This short fact sheet 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?
This six-page fact sheet 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 and Nutrition Myths: How Much Do You Really Know
This six-page fact sheet explains 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 Web site:
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 Web site 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, HHS. 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 may see in stores, online, at home and on packaging. This replaces the 5-A-Day awareness program and aims to inspire consumers to eat an abundant variety of vegetables and fruits (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and/or 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 .

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/health-topics/topics/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.
https://fnic.nal.usda.gov/dietary-guidance/interactive-tools

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label
This useful site offers easy-to-understand information on Nutrition Facts labels.
http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm

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 BMI calculator and an explanation of Portion Distortion.
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/menuplanner.html

Healthy Recipes
A variety of recipes is available 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
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/eat/recipes.htm

USDA MyPlate Resources
USDA's USDA's food guidance icon, MyPlate, replaced MyPyramid as the government's primary food group symbol. MyPlate is an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits by encouraging them to build a healthy plate, consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
http://www.choosemyplate.gov

USDA MyPlate(Spanish version of MyPlate)
MiPlato representa los 5 groupos de alimentos, los que usted usa para preparar platos sanos. Antes de comer, piense en lo que se va a servir. Los vegetales, frutas, productos de granos integrales, productos lácteos bajos en grasa y carnes magras contienen los nutrientes que usted necesita y no tienen demasiadas calorías. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/en-espanol.html

Nutrition for Everyone
This Web site helps everyone in developing healthier eating habits. Key areas of focus 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. It serves 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 Web site provides a resource to find the nutritional composition of food products. The Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) develops USDA's National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the foundation of most food and nutrition databases 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/

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) was founded in 1917, and is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 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 Web site provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services. This Web site 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/espanol/publicaciones/ejercicio-y-actividad-fisica-su-guia-diaria-del-instituto-nacional-sobre-el-12

Physical Activity for Everyone
This site provides visitors with an overview of the importance of physical activity and resources to encourage physical activity. It features a Measuring Physical Activity Intensity section that 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. It also provides recommendations for physical activity, strength training for older adults, 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: Get Fit - The Time is Now!
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.
https://www.presidentschallenge.org/tools-resources/docs/getfit.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. http://www.healthfinder.gov
Specific information related to physical activity can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=657

Recreation.gov
This partnership among Federal land management agencies provides an easy-to-use Web site 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 and the power of physical activity to keep you healthy. The guide also addresses the many benefits of regular physical activity including 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
This 26-page brochure on healthy eating and physical activity features 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 Web site:
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 Web site 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, HHS. It serves as a source of credible, accurate information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.
http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp

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. http://www.healthfinder.gov
Specific information related to nutrition can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=591

Specific information related to physical activity can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=657

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

USDA MyPlate & Food Pyramid Resources
USDA's new food guidance icon, MyPlate, replaces MyPyramid as the government's primary food group symbol. MyPlate is an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits by encouraging them to build a healthy plate, consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
http://www.choosemyplate.gov

USDA MyPlate & El Plan MiPirámide
(Spanish version of MyPlate & Food Pyramid Resources)
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/en-espanol.html

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

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, which is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future starting early and continuing throughout their lives. This initiative gives parents helpful information to support healthy choices and fosters healthier foods in our schools. Let's Move! helps kids and their families become more physically active.
http://www.letsmove.gov

Other Resources     Back To Top

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. http://www.healthfinder.gov
Specific information related to nutrition can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=591

Specific information related to physical activity can be found here:
http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/SearchContext.asp?topic=657

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 leaders’ skills and commitments to 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 system changes that address the major risk factors of tobacco, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating.
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. MHV is a powerful tool to help Veterans 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 non-prescription 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/fitness-nutrition/index.html?from=AtoZ/

US Army Public Health Command (Provisional)
The mission of the Army Public Health Command is to promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability in soldiers and military retirees, their families, and Department of the Army civilian employees.
http://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx

VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NCP is a field-based program office of the Office of Patient Care Services. NCP advocates 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