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Several generally useful resources such as federal agencies, nutrient databases, national health, fitness, and fat loss projects, etc. etc are collected here. Although several of these are also references, they appear here to make them more readily accessible.


USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 18
Basic access to comprehensive databases on the nutrient content of thousands of foods. You may wish to begin with the simple food search feature. Try searching on "Yogurt, fruit variety, nonfat" and notice the fiber and sugar content of a one-cup serving.

Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure, sorted by Sugar content Identify nutrients that are high, medium, and low in their sugar content. The list may surprise you. Reports can be generated that rank nutrients based on any single nutritional component.  

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Provides information and resources on health, physical activity, fitness and sports.

The National Weight Control Registry Learn from the success of more than 4,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time.

Nutrition Source A Web site maintained by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

A Body Mass Index Calculator The National Institute of health provides this guide for estimating body fat, and interpreting the results.

The American Dietetic Association This organization of food and nutrition professionals provides food and nutrition information.

The US Department of Agriculture Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services encourages consumers to make healthful food choices through food assistance and nutrition education for consumers. Their Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is the focal point within USDA where scientific research is linked with the nutritional needs of the public.

The Partnership for Healthy Weight Management Is a coalition of representatives from science, academia, the health care profession, government, commercial enterprises and organizations whose mission is to promote sound guidance on strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. They provide an easy to use Body Mass Index calculator.

Nutrition.gov provides access to the best food and nutrition information available from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.

Health & Medicine at the National Academies Resources provided by a compendium of experts in health and medicine. See especially the National Academy Press collection on Food and Nutrition, including their publication Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) where the Institute of Medicine has developed a new approach to establish Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and other nutrient reference values.

NutritionData provides nutrition facts, Calorie counts, and nutrient data for all foods and recipes. Their BMI & Calories Burned Calculator estimates the number of Calories that you burn during exercise and daily living. Their Nutrient Search Tool tool finds foods with the highest or lowest concentrations of specific nutrients. their Fullness Factor Analysis identifies foods that are best at satisfying hunger and sustaining satiety.

Super Size me This award winning documentary film graphically illustrates that we are what we eat.

Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance, 5th Edition This book by William D. McArdle, Frank L. Katch, and Victor L. Katch (ISBN: 0-7817-2544-5) provides a foundation for understanding nutrition, energy transfer and exercise training. The companion web site includes substantial excerpts from the text.

The Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide, By Ainsworth BE. (2002, January) Prevention Research Center, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. This table was developed to standardize the assignment of Metabolic Equivalent (MET) intensities in physical activity questionnaires

Mens Health, the web site of this magazine dedicated to men's fitness has some good advice, but be cautious of the fads, myths, and commercial influences that creep in.
 

 

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