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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005
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The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
This Web site contains the DASH Eating Plan and includes information
on the research findings that demonstrate its health benefits.
The Web site describes the Eating Plan, provides sample 7-day
menus and several recipes, and 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.
How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label
A useful site that offers easy-to-understand information on Nutrition
Facts labels, it offers a sample label with notes on how to tell
how much of each listed item is high or low—and what to watch
out for. It also gives a consumer-friendly overview of calories, nutrients,
and percent Daily Value using additional sample food labels.
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, among
other sites, a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator and Portion Distortion,
which describes the evolution of portion sizes in restaurants.
5 A Day for Better Health
A site aimed at promoting the healthy consumption of fruits and
vegetables among adults, 5 A Day has resources catered to both
men and women, including quizzes, scientific evidence, information
on serving sizes, and recipes, as well as resources catered to
African Americans. The 5 A Day Web site also includes a link to
The Color Guide, an informative section on the nutrients associated
with fruits and vegetables arranged by color.
This site provides essential information on the many benefits of
milk and calcium. It contains links to up-to-date research on calcium,
and campaign-related publications and materials. It also provides
a link to the Milk Matters Kids’ Page with interactive puzzles and
games designed to provide a fun way for kids to learn about the
benefits of drinking milk.
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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. The site also links to MyPyramid Tracker, a tool that allows
users to take an interactive, in-depth assessment of their food intake
and physical activity.
Food Safety Fact Sheets
This site features helpful food safety fact sheets for safe food handling,
meat preparation, poultry preparation, egg product preparation,
seasonal food safety, appliances and thermometers, food-borne
illness and disease, emergency preparedness, Food Safety and
Inspections Service (FSIS) programs and workforce, production and
inspection, and food labeling. The site also features Thermy™ temperature
FoodSafety.gov is a gateway Web site that provides links to selected
government information on food safety. The Consumer Advice
section of this site provides extensive access to information about
safe food handling and food safety concerns for specific population
groups, such as seniors, pregnant women, and children. This site
also contains a News and Safety Alerts section with links to product
recalls, alerts, and warnings, as well as to other announcements.
Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Loss Program
This site provides a helpful fact sheet designed to help individuals
make informed decisions about weight loss programs. It includes
an outline of what safe and effective weight loss programs should
include, questions to ask weight loss program providers about
everything from cost to contents, and contact information for
FirstGov for Consumers: Food
The food section of FirstGov for consumers is a great resource for
consumer information related to fruits and vegetables, seafood,
meat and poultry, labeling, nutrition, product recalls, and safety.
The site also provides links to several other resources in these
areas. Additionally, it offers recipes and an FAQ-format section on
consumer advice on food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics with
questions ranging from "Why should you not use homemade infant
formulas?" to "How will I know if food has been irradiated?"
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The President’s Challenge—You’re it. Get fit!
A central component of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness
and Sports, The President’s Challenge—You’re it. Get fit!—encourages
all Americans to make being active part of their everyday
lives. This Web site is the interactive component of that challenge
and provides information for kids, teens, adults, and seniors, as
well as for teachers and advocates, on how to register, track
progress, calculate fitness, and earn awards for meeting goals.
Physical Activity for Everyone
This site provides visitors with an overview of the importance of
physical activity and resources to encourage physical activity. The
site 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 sample activities by intensity level. The site also
provides recommendations for physical activity, and a strength
training for older adults section, as well as providing links to
A partnership among Federal land management agencies to provide
an easy-to-use Web site with information about all federal
recreation areas. The site allows you to search for recreation areas
by state, by recreational activity, by agency, or by map. It also links
visitors to sites where they can make advanced reservations for
camp sites and tours, offers recreation maps, and links to weather
HealthierUS.gov is a Web site supporting the President’s HealthierUS
initiative focusing on physical fitness, prevention, nutrition, and
making healthy choices. It serves as a source of credible, accurate
information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives. The
site also links to Steps to a HealthierUS (Steps), a bold initiative
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that
advances President George W. Bush’s HealthierUS goal of helping
Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives.
healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable consumer health information,
developed by the U.S. 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.
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In partnership with the Ad Council, SmallStep.gov aims at preventing
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. Users can sign
up for a newsletter with tips, recipes, and more and can create an
activity tracker to monitor their progress.
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A service of the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, 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, physical activity, 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 also offers grocery-shopping tips.
This Web site for older adults is to help them make wise food
choices and be physically active, strategies that can improve their
health and well-being. It provides tips and helps older adults set
goals and record progress.
Pick Your Path to Health
A site dedicated to the health of women, Pick Your Path to health is
an online resource of the Pick Your Path to Health public education
campaign to help women take simple and time-sensitive steps to
improve their health, and will encourage local communities to promote
practical, culturally interesting, and relevant action steps to
wellness. The site consists of articles, health calendars, and information
on community programs as well as a section on themes
and action steps to improve health. The themes and action steps
section provides yearly action steps that cater to all women,
African American women, Asian and Pacific Islander women,
American Indian and Alaska Native women, Latinas, women living
in rural areas, women with disabilities, and adolescent girls.
A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
BAM.gov serves as an interactive tool for adolescents that provides
up-to-date information and encouragement to increase their level
of physical activity and to establish fitness habits that will stay
with them for life. The site’s Fit4Life section includes fit tips, a
personalized fitness and activity calendar, snacking and lunchpacking
ideas, activity cards, and a quiz. The site also features
Teacher’s Corner, which offers suggestions for classroom activities.
VERBTM It’s what you do
An interactive campaign for tweens,VERB™, It’s what you do is a
national campaign aimed at promoting daily physical activity.
VERBnow.com, the site for tweens, is a cool, fun site that provides
ideas for physical activity. Kids can also find places to play by
selecting a sport and entering their zip code. VERBparents.com,
the parent site, features an activity finder, activity ideas, a YMCA
locator, an Ask the Expert feature, daily fitness calendars, and
message boards to share ideas with other parents. The site also
links to SpanishVERB (en español).
Powerful Bones, Powerful Girls
Aimed at promoting healthy bones in adolescent girls, this site
features information on calcium and physical activity. The site
features the character Carla, who gives tips on meal and snack
ideas tailored to adolescent girls, such as ideas for nutrition at
the mall and school, on physical activity, and on how to gain
information about calcium on food labels. The site also features
games, quizzes, a calendar, bone health dictionary, and Web links
for further health and fitness information.
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)
We Can! is a national program designed as a one-stop resource for
parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children
8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. Tips and fun activities
offered to parents, health care providers, and community groups
focus on three critical behaviors: improved food choices, increased
physical activity, and reduced screen time.