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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
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
This site provides a variety of reduced-calorie daily menus to help make it easier for eating wisely and losing weight. The sample menus include ideas for traditional American meals as well as ethnic and vegetarian meals. It also has a link to a BMI calculator with an explanation of Portion Distortion and much more. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/menuplanner.html
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 2015-2020 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
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
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)
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/
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
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 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/
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/
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