National Nutrition Resources
- 5 A Day Program
The 5 A Day for Better Health program is the nation's largest public-private nutrition education initiative with 5 A Day coordinators in each state, territory, and the military. The program is guided by the collaborative efforts of members of the National 5 A Day Partnership with the goal of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption to 5 A Day for 75 percent of Americans by 2010.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Action for Healthy Kids
This nonprofit works in all 50 states to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. Website contains news, events, and resources to improve schools.
- American Obesity Association
This web site is intended to help you better understand obesity and what can be done to change the picture from one of neglect to one of dedicated action.
- Body and Mind
Based on two years of market research and development with teachers, students, scientists, and communications professionals, this Body and Mind (BAM) site is an interactive tool for adolescents, providing up-to-date information and encouragement to increase their level of physical activity and establish fitness habits that will stay with them for life.
- CDC Chronic Disease Prevention (obesity)
A report on physical activity and good nutrition in relation to obesity.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (Health and Nutrition)
Policy, facts, information, resources, and educational materials on nutrition and health.
- Changing the Scene: Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action
USDA publication intended to help examine a school's nutrition environment and to design and put into action a plan for improvement, including marketing. (PDF: 48 pages)
- School Nutrition Programs/ National Food Service Management Institute
Education and training resources for school nutrition programs.
- Co-ops to Kids Online Healthy Eating Resources
Online resources for teachers, parents, and food service staff developed by New Hampshire and Vermont co-op stores, schools and community organizations. Curriculum ideas, nutrition information, and classes.
- Food and Health Communications, Inc.
This site offers several food and nutrition educational handouts that can be downloaded and used for trainings. Topics include diet and weight loss, fruits and vegetables, heart disease and nutrition and wellness.
- Food and Nutrition Information Center, Community Food Systems Site Agriculture Library of the USDA
This site is loaded with information on food and nutrition and how they relate to community food systems. It includes links to a farmer's market state by state directory, profiles of successful community food system projects, articles and links to sites on food system related topics and organizations, dietary guidelines and information and an A to Z information bank of food and nutrition related topics.
- Food Marketing and Advertising Directed at Children and Adolescents: Implications for Overweight
The American Public Health Association passed a resolution in support of curbing food marketing aimed at children. (PDF: 3 pages)
- Food Nutrition Service: Eat Smart, Play Hard
Eat Smart. Play Hard. is about making America's children healthier. It's about practical suggestions that will help you motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be active. The Eat Smart. Play Hard Campaign messages and materials are fun for children and informative for caregivers. To make your job easier, we have kid-tested the messages and based them on the Food Guide Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Food Safety Education
Educational and resource material about food and food safety.
- Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating
These guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control, affirm, "Healthy eating patterns in childhood and adolescence promote optimal childhood health, growth, and intellectual development . . ."
A free guide to reliable consumer health information, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. This site links to carefully selected information and Web sites 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.
- Healthy Meals Resource System
This USDA program offers resources for food service staff including menu planning, nutrition education, food safety, and grant opportunities for schools.
- Lets Move!: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood obesity.
- Choose My Plate
MyPlate Tracker is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool.
- Resources for serving fruits and vegetables in schools: safety, recipes, salad bars, cooking with kids
- Society for Nutrition Educators
The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators in the United States and worldwide. SNE is dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable food choices and has a vision of healthy people in healthy communities.
- Soft Drinks in Schools
This American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement warns pediatricians and other health care professionals, parents, superintendents, and school board members about nutritional concerns regarding soft drink consumption in schools.
- USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
The Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services ensures access to nutritious, healthful diets for all Americans. Through food assistance and nutrition education for consumers, FNCS encourages consumers to make healthful food choices. Today, rather than simply providing food, FNCS works to empower consumers with knowledge of the link between diet and health, providing dietary guidance based on research.
- US Nutrition
This site provides easily accessible government information on nutrition, healthy eating, and food safety. Providing accurate scientific information on nutrition and dietary guidance is critical to the public's ability to make the right choices in the effort to curb obesity and other food related diseases.
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