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Recommended web sites on general nutrition, diet and weight management, and fitness.

Updated November, 2013

GENERAL NUTRITION SITES

American Council on Science and Health
A consumer education consortium concerned with food, nutrition, the environment and health. Goal is to publicize nutrition and health information that is scientifically sound.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Organization of food and nutrition professionals. Select the "Public" tab for nutrition news, fact sheets on popular nutrtion and diet topics, healthy weight, food safety, children's nutrition, and links to other nutrition related sites.

American Heart Association
Select the "Getting healthy" link at the top of the page for information about good nutrition, weight management, cholesterol and heart disease, heart healthy recipes, nutrition for kids, and other related topics.

American Institute for Cancer Research
Believes that most cancers can be prevented through dietary changes. Articles on obesity, pesticides in food, exercise, plant-based diets, phytochemicals.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
An education and advocacy organization that focuses on improving the safety and nutritional quality of our food supply.

Food and Nutrition Information Center - U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Learn about food safety, dietary supplements, guidelines for healthy eating, and other important nutrition topics.

Mayo Clinic - Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Information on nutrition basics, supplements, weight management, and a virtual cookbook are all featured on this site. Sign up for their free online newsletter of weekly information updates.

  MEDLINEplus - Food and Nutrition
From the National Library of Medicine consumer site, information on nutrition related topics including eating disorders, cholesterol, obesity, general nutrition, and more.  There are links to summaries of nutrition related articles appearing in scientific and medical journals.

Nutrition Source - Harvard School of Public Health

This comprehensive site offers timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, health professionals, and the public. A useful section helps the user interpret nutrition information in the news. There is also.information on healthy weight loss. Other sections answer common questions such as: "What should I eat?" ""How much protein do I need each day?", "Should I take vitamins?".

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DIET AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Aim for a Healthy Weight
Developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this site offers information for patients and health professionals on maintaining a healthy weight. Tools are provided to assess your risk for certain diseases affected by excess weight. Advice is offered on how to cut down on fat and the importance of staying physically active.

Body Mass Index
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. Calculate your BMI and view the table to see if you are overweight.

Shape Up America-Healthy weight for life
Learn to manage your weight through good nutrition and physical activity. Under the "Resources" tab, try the "Meal Upgrade" to learn how to reduce the calories in your favorite dishes with just one small change.

Weight Control Information Network
Information on binge eating, gastric surgery for severe obesity, physical activity and weight control, helping your overweight child, weight cycling, and more.


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FITNESS

Active at any Size
Describes the importance of exercise for very overweight people and offers advice and guidance on setting up an exercise program and includes examples of recommended exercises.

Exercise for Seniors
Information specifically for older adults on the benefits of exercise. Promotes getting fit for life and includes an everyday guide on physical activity.

Fitness Partner Connection
Learn fitness training ideas and techniques, read evaluations of fitness equipment, and learn how to manage your weight. An activity calorie calculator helps determine how many calories different activities use up.

Health and Fitness Homepage
The personal web site of a certified aerobic instructor. Advice on body building, aerobic exercise,exercise-related
injuries,children's fitness. Includes instructions for specific kinds of exercises.

Walking - A Step in the Right Direction
Basic information from the Weight Control Information Network on how to set up a personalized walking program.

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