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
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
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
Nutrition Source —
A Web site maintained by the
Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
A Body Mass Index
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 —
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 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
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
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
provides nutrition facts, Calorie
counts, and nutrient data for all foods and recipes. Their
Calories Burned Calculator estimates the number of Calories that
you burn during exercise and daily living. Their
Search Tool tool finds foods with the highest or lowest
concentrations of specific nutrients. their
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.
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