preventative outreach project designed to help children thrive, by
establishing healthy eating and activity habits in the early years. The
series extends nutrition and physical activity training, healthy recipes
and resources to providers and families.
Aim for a Healthy
The National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute has an excellent web site for consumers and
professionals dedicated to healthy weight. It includes for consumers: a
BMI calculator, risk chart, an interactive menu planner, shopping list
and ideas, a guide to physical activity, menus, and recipes. For
professionals it has a full text of clinical guidelines for obesity, an
evidence report, executive summary for the guidelines, and the practical
guide. There are also good Palm OS tools and slides for professional
for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
AAHPERD supports and assists
those involved in physical education, leisure, dance, health promotion,
and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy
America on the Move
Take simple steps to be more
physically active and eat more healthy. America on the Move is a
community-wide program developed to promote increased physical
American Council for Fitness & Nutrition
This council is
a resource and advocate for
long-term sustainable solutions to the nation’s obesity problem. http://www.acfn.org/
This national association of nutrition
professionals offers many nutrition resources for practitioners,
paraprofessionals, and the general public. Website resources include
nutrition fact sheets and information about books and other reading
materials; information about nutrition and health campaigns; legislative
and regulatory information and tools; and more.
www.eatright.org/ (800) 877-1600 Ext 5000
Their mission is to prevent
and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this
disease. Available in English and Spanish. Visit Youth Zone, a fun,
interactive page for kids with information on “Diabetes Basics,” a
question and answer section, hyper and hypoglycemia checklists, games, and
American Obesity Association
A not-for-profit organization
dedicated to promoting education, research and community action that can
improve the quality of life for people with obesity.
Health Association: Food and Nutrition Section: Overweight in Children
This website provides
information and links to resources on the subject of being
overweight in childhood and adolescence that can be used to promote
awareness and education, improve public health practice, and strengthen
Food Service Association
A great source of information
regarding child nutrition education and school meal programs. It also
contains research on all facets of the child nutrition field, food service
operations information, newest regulations and legislation, and lists of
children’s books and worksheets on health and nutrition.
The Leader in education and
professional training and certification for "Older Adult Fitness"
State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health
Contains links to HHS and USDA
documents and information on nutrition and health.
Based at Georgetown University
and sponsored by National Center for Education in Maternal and Child
Health Bureau, this website offers resources for health professionals and
families to assist them in fostering overall health among youth. Nutrition
and physical activity practice guides, training tools, and family
materials are available to help promote healthful weight management.
CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
Website contains Pediatric
Growth Charts, surveillance data on obesity and diabetes, descriptions of
CDC sponsored nutrition and physical activity promotion programs,
including "Kids Walk-to-School": A Guide to Promote Walking to School,
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/ and Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Child and Adolescent Health
This site offers a rich
compilation of up-to-date resources on nutrition, physical activity, and
school health. Includes comprehensive resource lists of national and
Center for Health Care in Schools
Strengthening the well being of children and youth through health programs
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
The Center for Nutrition Policy
and Promotion is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is the
focal point within USDA where "scientific research is linked with the
nutritional needs of the American public."
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
A nonprofit education and advocacy
organization that focuses on improving the safety and nutritional quality
of our food supply. This website offers education and advocacy materials,
and news updates and special reports.
Center for Screen Time Awareness
Home of ‘Turn-Off TV Week’ -
Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness provides information so people can live
healthier lives in functional families in vibrant communities by taking
control of the electronic media in their lives, not allowing it to control
Child Nutrition and Health Campaign
Web site part of the American
Dietetic Association’s campaign to educate the public about ways to
optimize the health and well-being of children through diet and exercise.
Includes ADA position papers, games for parents and kids, information
about the role of child nutrition programs, and tips on how to be a good
role model for children.
Children’s Books that Encourage Healthy Eating
Developed by the Family Nutrition
Education Program at the University of Missouri for educators, parents,
Children's Health Market
Children's Health Market publishes "The
Great Body Shop", a comprehensive, fully articulated cross-curricular
approach for school districts that require additional concentration in one
or more of the following specific areas: Substance Abuse Prevention,
Social & Emotional Health, Character Education, Violence Prevention
(including bullying), Critical Thinking, Asset Building, Reading,
Communication, Technology and other learning skills. The program meets all
state and national standards, is affordable, easy to teach, and provides
an educational environment in which it is enjoyable to learn.
The Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
Operated by Baylor College of
Medicine in cooperation with Texas Children's Hospital and the
Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA/ARS),
The Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) is one of six federally
funded human nutrition research centers in the nation and the first to
conduct scientific investigations into the role of maternal, infant and
child nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth.
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Of the National Center for Chronic
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control and
Calls on physicians to assess
& review every patient's physical activity program at every visit. The
missions is "To make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a
disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm in the United States."
Special sections for physicians, health & fitness professionals, public,
media, policy makers & advocates, and supporting organizations.
Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration web
page, "How to Lose and Manage Weight-Watch Your Calories, Be Active"
provides tools for consumers to use to achieve and maintain a healthy
weight and lifestyle, as well as information about FDA's recently
announced program to combat obesity. Special information addresses the
important issue of childhood obesity. The website also serves as a gateway
to information on obesity and weight loss from other government agencies,
such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control. Topics include "Get Active, Keep Fit, Lose Weight" - "Approved
Obesity Treatments" - "You Can Lose Weight - Here’s How" --- "What Are
'Obesity' and 'Overweight" --- "Are You Overweight? Check Your Body Mass
Index (BMI)" --- and "Weight Loss for Children".
Food and Nutrition Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information
Center is a national clearinghouse that offers information on a range of
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/ - an up-to-date resource list on
eating disorders, and a
resource list may be printed from this website
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS),
is responsible for administering the nutrition assistance programs of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. The aim of the FNS is to "provide children
and low-income families better access to food and a more healthful diet
through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education
4 Girls Health
Developed by the Office on Women’s
Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, this site gives
girls between the ages of 10 and 16 reliable, current health information.
The site focuses on many health topics that respond to adolescent girls’
health concerns and motivates girls to choose healthy behaviors using
positive, supportive and non-threatening messages.
Get Ready, Get Set, Get Fit
This is the site of a national
public education campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Health
and Human Services to help encourage and motivate 9- to 14-year old girls
to make the most of their lives. Includes information for girls and
grownups, as well as research highlights that relate to girl’s health and
This is a site targeted to teenage
girls that addresses a range of issues, including body changes,
self-esteem, peer pressure, physical activity, and diets in an informal
and fun way. Girls can learn about the cons of dieting and eating
disorders through journals written in teens' own voices.
A Parent's Guide to K-12 Success. A
national, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping parents
like you choose schools, support your
children's education and improve schools in your community.
There is a healthy
kids page that has information on making fitness a part of a family's
routine and a section on healthy eating made easy. In addition there is a
wealth of information for parents on many topics related to children
(ADHD, reading, math, books, etc.).
Healthy Kids Challenge
Healthy Kids Challenge mission
is to guide schools, communities, and programs in creating solutions to
help kids and families Connect Health And Needs, Get Excited (C.H.A.N.G.E.).
The success of their initial project involving urban school kids, parents,
and teachers in 1998 led to plans for an ongoing initiative, utilizing the
vast reach of the magazine and web site to promote and support the effort.
Healthy Kids: Health and Nutrition Websites
A web page of many other
websites - compiled by U.C. Berkeley Department of Nutritional Sciences
Extension department; contains links to games, teaching resources and
educational materials for parents, kids and teachers.
A comprehensive preschool health
education program, includes a curriculum developed for 3-5 year old
children in Head Start, day care and other nursery school settings.
Curriculum topics include nutrition, safety, self-esteem, body parts,
family relations, dental health, daily health care, environment, smoking,
alcohol and drug education and violence prevention.
Healthy Weight Network
Weight and eating books and
information by recognized scientific experts. The site offers scientific
research on dieting, the failure of weight loss programs, eating
disorders, obesity, overweight, size acceptance, diet quackery, and moving
ahead with the non-diet health at any size paradigm.
Jump Rope for Heart
Developed by the American Heart
Association, this program allows kids to build skills and have fun while
raising money to support research projects. Jump Rope for Heart is geared
for elementary school students. Its sister project, Hoops for Heart, is
geared for middle school students.
It starts with a playground. A
national non-profit organization that specializes in linking communities,
businesses and organizations together to build needed, safe and accessible
playgrounds. The web site offers resources for those interesting in
helping a community develop a play space, including a Getting Started Kit,
The KaBOOM! Playground Manual, and more.
A site listing links to topics
such as games, healthy eating, healthy snacks, recipes, lesson plans, and
food safety. http://kidfood.org/
A highly interavtive, multi level
website with educational tools for kids and parents on topics ranging from
indoor and outdoor exercises, and nutrition to moderated message boards.
Spearheaded by the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC),
Knowledge Path: Physical Activity and Children
Website contains links to
electronic resources and databases. The knowledge path also contains a
bibliography of journal articles, books, and other publications. The
information found here is aimed at health professionals, policymakers,
educators, coaches, and families.
This website, developed by The
Dairy Council of California, makes MyPyramid and the Dietary Guidelines
more useful and actionable for the health professional and consumer. Meals
Matter assists the family meal preparer in making informed decisions that
lead to optimal health, and registered dietitians to create practical and
nutritionally accurate tools customizable to unique family needs and
interests. The Meal Planning Tools — Cookbook,
Meal Planner, Meal Suggestions, Pantry, Recipes and Shopping List —
provide a range of useful features to make planning healthy meals easier.
National Association for Health & Fitness
The National Association for
Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization that exists to
improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through
the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles. NAHF
accomplishes this work by fostering and supporting Governor’s and State
Councils and coalitions that promote and encourages regular physical
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
A national organization that
seeks to enhance knowledge and professional practice in sport and physical
activity through scientific study and dissemination of research-based and
experiential knowledge to members and the public. The website includes
many resources including publications, programs, advocacy materials, and
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
NCPPA is a national network of public,
private, and industry organizations seeking to increase physical activity
in America through physical fitness, sports, physical education, and
worksite health promotion. Website contains "key facts" about physical
activity, links and information for coalition member organizations, and
instructions for joining the e-newsletter.
National Gardening Association
The National Gardening
Association is a nonprofit organization established in 1972 to help
gardeners, and to help people through gardening. More than 30 years later,
we are still doing both. While our goals have been consistent over time,
how we achieve them has shifted in response to a socially, culturally, and
technologically changing world.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Website allows easy access to
information contained in The Clinical Guidelines on the Identification,
Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: The
Evidence Report, produced by the NHLBI in cooperation with the NIDDKD.
Topics addressed in the Clinical Guidelines include the health risks
associated with overweight and obesity, as well as the assessment,
treatment, and management of overweight and obese patients.
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
A national nonprofit organization
devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that
enhance the quality of life for all Americans. NRPA encourages recreation
initiatives for youth in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy
lifestyles, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)
An interdisciplinary society whose
purpose is to develop, extend and disseminate knowledge in the field of
obesity. The website contains links to related organizations, obesity
journals, research centers.
for parents and educators to locate food and nutrition education resources
Sponsored by the National Dairy
Council, this site offers fun and easy ways to learn about nutrition.
Nutrition & Kids
Nutrition & Kids offers
hands-on educational materials on proper nutrition and health for children
so that they will motivate themselves to instill healthy eating habits.
Nutrition for Kids!
Website that contains
nutrition information designed for parents, teachers, and kids. Subscribe
to the free electronic monthly newsletter at this site. Developed by
Connie Evers, MS RD.
A review and rating guide to
nutrition web sites, designed to help people find accurate, useful
nutrition information on the web. Separately rates nutrition sites
targeting women, parents, journalists, educators, kids, and those with
special dietary needs.
A new federal resource that
provides easy access to all online federal government information on
nutrition, including specialized nutrition information for infants and
children, adult women and men, and seniors. Includes extensive interactive
scientific reference section.
information for older adults.
Anyone eating on the run or at
restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger.
Some portions are called "super size," while others have simply grown in
size and provide enough food for at least two people. With this growth
have come increases in waistlines and body weight. Take this short quiz to
see if you know how today's portions compare to the portions available 20
on Physical Fitness and Sports
The President’s Council on
Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) serves as a catalyst to promote,
encourage, and motivate the development of physical fitness and sports
participation for all Americans of all ages. This site offers many
downloadable research-based publications for youth and adults.
Prevention Institute is a
non-profit national center dedicated to improving community health and
well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. Primary
prevention means taking action to build resilience and to prevent problems
before they occur. The Institute's work is characterized by a strong
commitment to community participation and promotion of equitable health
outcomes among all social and economic groups. Since its founding in 1997,
the organization has focused on injury and violence prevention, traffic
safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth
Road to Life (Cancer Prevention for Kids)
This organization's mission is to eradicate preventable cancer and
diseases of excess by educating children about tobacco use, physical
activity, and nutrition.
The Safe Routes to
Safe Routes to School, a
program of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is established for
the benefit of children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The purposes
of the program are: to enable and encourage children, including those with
disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make bicycling and walking
to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby
encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to
facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and
activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption,
and air pollution in the vicinity (approximately 2 miles) of primary and
middle schools (Grades K-8).
State Health Facts
The Kaiser Family Foundation's
new Comprehensive Health Policy Resource Site. This online resource
provides comprehensive and current health policy information on all 50
states, the District of Columbia and US territories. The site provides a
wealth of information on demographics, health, and health policy,
including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.
This website links citizens to
resources and one another in creating healthy, vital, and sustainable
Website that has an extensive
nutrition and physical activity resource section for teachers and
USDA for Kids
Many links to kid-oriented
information on foods, nutrition, agriculture, science, 4-H, soil and more.
US Department of
Health and Human Services
An online encyclopedia of
health information, dietary guidelines, and links to pages for children.
This site links to several multi-agency health initiatives and activities
of federal departments and agencies.