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The nation’s largest organization for nutrition professionals containing a vast amount of consumer and professional education information.

The American Society for Nutrition (3,500+ members) is the premier research society dedicated to improving the quality of life through the science of nutrition.

Professional resource on information regarding enteral and parenteral nutrition and nutrition support guidelines.

Provides information on credentialing, CE resources and professional development portfolio information for RD’s.

 

Major Reports and References

 

General Nutrition

National Heart and Lung Institute site allows you to use standard height and weight to calculate BMI.

  • CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)

Contains information on health related topics from A-Z, printable fact sheets available; Information on disease prevention, terrorism and public health.

The Center for Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Social Marketing was established to enhance social marketing strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors related to the prevention chronic diseases.

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.  The Choose My Plate is available for adults, children, and pregnant women to help encourage healthy food choices.

Provides up to date information on consumer related health issues.

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) works to maintain a current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States. Market information is provided to AMS from various sources including state market representatives, market managers, and consumers. The farmers market database is updated on a regular basis.

The Food and Nutrition Board was established to study issues of national importance pertaining to the safety and adequacy of the nation's food supply, to establish principles and guidelines for adequate nutrition, and to render authoritative judgment on the relationships among food intake, nutrition, and health, at the request of various agencies.

Great web site for professional and consumer information on breaking news on food and beverage development.

A list of dietary exchanges from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

 

A CDC website which provides information on importance of eating fruits and veggies.

 

Federal web site providing information on health related issues that can also specify information according to age, gender, race and ethnic origin.

Developed in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and with partial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HealthyDiningFinder.com provides American diners with a centralized resource for identifying the healthier choices and corresponding nutrition information from restaurants nationwide.

 

HEI provides a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal dietary guidance.

Great web site for looking up interesting tidbits of information that you may not know-also has a calorie counter.

Current research on healthy aging provided by the American Federation for Aging Research.

Great web site for professional and consumer information on general health related issues.

Excellent site for obtaining Spanish education materials, in addition to information on general nutrition and oral health.

This site connects the user with multiple internet resources on health related topics and also can link you to low literacy printable pamphlets on various nutrition related topics.

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health--especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

 

This home page highlights the nutrition news and program information from the National Dairy Council.

Comprehensive guide to providing resources on health management, lifecycle issues, food safety and food assistance programs and research projects.

Jim Painter PhD, RD developed the Nutrition Analysis Tool (NAT) at the University of Illinois in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

NIH web site which provides the IBIDS database for searching credible, scientific information on dietary supplements.

Comprehensive web site which provides the user with a rating guide to nutrition websites on specific topics.

This center's mission is to conduct research on the prevention of childhood obesity, facilitate interactions between researchers, policy makers, and community partners, and develop science based solutions to weight related problems of children and families.

Excellent site to help connect you with valuable nutrition resources for general health and well being for all ages; DRI and RDA’s for nutrients available here, as well as related general information on complementary medicine or specific dietary supplements.

Provides information on nutrition policies and guidelines for professional and consumers use; printable materials available.(food guide pyramid and dietary guidelines)

Provides information on food safety and protection of consumers.

FNIC Resource Lists help nutrition professionals and consumers locate information and materials for specific nutrition topics.

The Whole Grains Council helps consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits; helps manufacturers create delicious whole grain products; and helps the media write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains.

Food Safety

Comprehensive site with a plethora of information on just about any topic related to food safety, nutrition and governmental policies.

Comprehensive site educating consumers about food safety education.

Website sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with excellent researches on how to practice safe food handling in your home.

From the Environmental Defense Fund. Make smart choices when eating seafood.

The site provides news, hotlines and information on food safety for the consumer.

Provides consumer, educator and industry related food safety information.

 

Pediatric Nutrition

This web site provides professional and consumer information on pediatric health.

This child-friendly website provides consumer information to both adults and children.

Great site for educating new mothers on the stages of feeding from infancy to toddler.

Provides the user with resources to preparing nutritious meals for children in addition to food safety information.

 

Kids Health provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. There are sections for parents, kids, and teens.

This site provides nutrition games, information, recipes, for both adults and children.

Part of the NIH, this site provides information on clinical trials, research, and government campaigns regarding children’s health issues.

This government site has a section for child and teen health and can direct you to clinical studies and information on just about any topic.

Choose MyPlate for children available here in printable formats.

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

A nonprofit educational organization offering online herbal monographs as well as herbal books, software, videotapes, and audiotapes for sale, contains a calendar of educational events, a list of medicinal herbal educational programs and regulatory/government resources.

Identifies the best quality health and nutrition supplements through independent testing.

Offers information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to determine what ingredients are in specific brands and to compare ingredients in different brands.

Research based information on complementary and alternative medicine modalities, including clinical trials, health information, and current research.

NCAHF is a private nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems.

Founded by clinicians and researchers to provide high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. This international multidisciplinary collaboration now includes contributors from more than 100 eminent academic institutions.

 

Nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Information on quackery, questionable therapies and misconduct.

The Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (ICAM) is a university-wide initiative, housed in The School of Health Related Professions. (SHRP). It serves as a focal point for Complementary and Alternative (integrative) Medicine within the Rutgers of New Jersey (Rutgers).

 

Nutrition Education Programs for Children

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidence-based Coordinated School Health Program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in elementary school-aged children.

HealthBarn USA is a leader in proven healthy-lifestyle education for children and their families.  Our spring, summer, fall and winter programs combine hands-on, research-based nutrition education, physical activity and self-esteem development in an entertaining, high-energy learning environment based at Abma's Farm in Wyckoff, NJ.

We Can! or "Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition" is a national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight.

 

 

Weight Management / Physical Activity

National site for authoritative information on the obesity epidemic.

A comprehensive web site that combines consumer and professional information on nutrition and physical activity in health and disease.

A free resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast.

Weight training guidelines:

http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/Guidelines.html

http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/Tips.html

Obesity education initiative for patients and health care professionals.

Education, advocacy, and support for those affected by obesity.

  • Pedometer Sites:

10,000 Steps Program: The 10,000 Steps program is based on a simple idea: Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day (equivalent to walking approximately 6-8kms depending on your stride length) and you will be working towards improving your health.

http://www.10000steps.com.au/program.html

AccuSTEP10000.org: The International Governing Body of 10,000 Steps-A-Day. This organization was developed to maintain and provide a knowledge base for people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

http://www.accustep10000.org/

Quiz from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to see if you know how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago.

Excellent site for adults and children that provides weight management information and tips.

An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney diseases that provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

 

Nutrition and Disease

Cancer

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a scientific society of over 17,000 laboratory and clinical cancer researchers. It was established to facilitate communication and dissemination of knowledge among scientists and to advance the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

This site offers valuable information on treatment options, clinical trials, coping strategies for families and media resources.

Current information on nutrition, diet, and cancer prevention.  Recipes and educational pamphlets are available as well as a free quarterly newsletter.

The American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) is an organization made up members of various clinical disciplines that promotes the exchange and dissemination of information, ideas and new research relating to cancer prevention and control.

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Information and resources on cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) new Web site for people living with cancer. As the authoritative source for information about cancer, ASCO is dedicated to helping people living with cancer find accurate, reliable, and oncologist-approved information they need to make informed decisions about their health care.

 

A national, non-profit health foundation with a single mission: The prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research and education.

A complete source for knowledge and support of the cancer patient.

When cancer treatment includes chemotherapy, patients have many questions. For the information and support that you will need, start your journey here.

Providing science-based information on environmental factors and cancer risk.

Provides information on cancer statistics in addition to information on cancer prevention, causes and screenings.

Provides timely information on the search for a cure in childhood cancers including a free newsletter.

Cancer resources and treatments.  Contains updates on new drugs and links to numerous nutrition websites and publications.

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) was founded in 1973 to support cancer research from a scientific perspective. NFCR research is leading to better prevention, earlier diagnosis, new treatments, and eventually a cure for cancer.

The web site is designed to provide tips for cancer patients as well as journal articles for professional use.

Cardiac

A comprehensive web site for professional and consumer information on heart disease and stroke; Spanish materials available.

Excellent web site for health educators and teachers and it provides resources for specific ethnic groups and their disease risk.

According to a consumer survey conducted for the American Heart Association, fewer than half of Americans know that the "better" fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) can help reduce their risk of heart disease.

 

Food Allergy

Education, advocacy, research, and awareness on food allergies.

Food allergy site for kids.

 

Renal

The major web site for professionals, patients and families on kidney disease, transplant, nutrition and clinical practice guidelines.

  • NIDDK-National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (www.niddk.nih.gov)

A division of the NIH, this comprehensive web site can be used for obtaining information on diabetes, kidney disease, digestive and endocrine disorders.

Information on kidney disease and resources sponsored by the Nephron Information Center.

 

Diabetic

The leading web site for diabetic related consumer and professional information, weight management and online resources.

  • NIDDK-National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (www.niddk.nih.gov)

A division of the NIH, this comprehensive web site can be used for obtaining information on diabetes, kidney disease, digestive and endocrine disorders.

Can connect you to various online resources related to diabetes management.

 

Women’s Health

A risk assessment quiz is provided here for women on bone health.

  • Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease National Resource Center (www.osteo.org)

A division of the NIH, this site provides Spanish and Asian fact sheets, journal articles, news and a wealth of information on bone related disorders.

This site summarizes the results of a 15 year study on cardiovascular, cancer and osteoporosis risk in postmenopausal women.

 

HIV

Offers information HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.

This site is an excellent source of clinical and consumer information on HIV disease and prevention.

A division of the CDC designed to provide specific information on HIV statistics, treatment recommendations, guidelines and recent HIV related news information.

This site provides an abundance of information on dental health care related to HIV disease.

 

Dental

Provides a A-Z topics section on just about anything related to oral health and disease.

Has a special section dedicated to dental health and problem prevention.

This site has an oral health information index section in addition to providing information on clinical research and news.

 

Home Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Support

Tools for better living on home TPN and tube feedings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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