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Resources

This list of resources is not meant to be an all-inclusive list; rather, this list is a starting place for suggestions of materials that may be of benefit to your particular interest.

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General Obesity Information

  • Watch videos, take action, spread the message, and learn more about the obesity epidemic in America with the Weight of the Nation materials by HBO.
  • The CDC's quarterly publication, Preventing Chronic Disease, published by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, features leading research supporting healthy lifestyles.
  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity includes a press release, the report, fact sheets on overweight and obesity, and online resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.
  • The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University offers links to sites on child obesity, physical activity, and school programs.
  • Dr. Bruce A. Berger has produced a motivational video discussing motivational interviewing techniques. These techniques are helpful when working with persons who need to lose weight or make a lifestyle behavior change to improve health outcomes.
  • CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity provides information and resources on ways to improve dietary quality to support healthy child development and reduce chronic disease, increase health-related physical activity for people of all ages, and decrease prevalence of obesity through prevention of weight gain and maintenance of healthy weight.
  • The Mayo Clinic provides up-to-date information on obesity and chronic diseases. Experts provide the content and provide answers to common questions about obesity, nutrition, and health.

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Resources for Kids

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Resources for Adults

Nutrition Education

  • SNAP-Ed Connection published by the United States Department of Agriculture provides wonderful health resources including information on meal planning, shopping and budgeting, physical activity, and nutrition apps and games.
  • The Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers information on topics such as reading food labels, understanding the "MyPlate" concept, shopping tips, healthy recipes, and much more.
  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides advice for making food choices that promote good health, advocate a healthy weight, and help prevent disease.
  • MyPlate carries the messages and dietary guidelines to make Americans aware of the vital health benefits of simple and modest improvements in nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle behavior.
  • American Heart Association has Tips by Cuisine, an online guide to choosing healthy meals away from home, including choosing a restaurant, dining out, eating fast food, and deciphering the menu.
  • Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food - usually "comfort" or junk foods - in response to feelings instead of hunger.Learn more at Improving Your Eating Habits.
  • WebMd contains a variety of information on healthy eating and fitness. Search this site to learn about portion sizes, Body Mass Index, healthy recipes, and evaluate your diet.

Portion Control/Reading Food Labels

Wellness

  • Scale Back Alabama is a ten-week weight-loss program designed to help people lose weight in a healthy manner by eating sensibly and getting exercise.
  • Start! is the American Heart Association's walking for a healthier lifestyle program. This online program enables participants to track their activities, distance traveled, and what they are eating.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama provides Be Healthy, which offers different programs for individuals who want to better their health. One such program, Walking Works, encourages participants to improve their health by incorporating walking in their daily routine.

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Resources for Families

Breastfeeding

  • The United States Breastfeeding Committee is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 40 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations, that share a common mission to improve the nation's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics has breastfeeding information online, including fact sheets, national campaign strategies, and resources.

Child Nutrition

  • Let's Move, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama, is America's move to raise a healthier generation of kids.
  • We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition provides parents, caregivers and communities with information to help children maintain a healthy weight.
  • From the USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center, Child Nutrition and Health is an online resource for parents, teachers, educators, and childcare providers interested in materials that will create a food and nutrition awareness in children while teaching them the ABCís of healthy eating.
  • CulinarySchools.org provides information on health and nutrition for kids, including a list of healthy food choices and tips on how to maintain a good attitude toward fitness and weight.
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) report, Marketing Junk Food to Kids and Pestering Parents, identifies a plethora of ways that companies target kids in their homes, in their schools, on the web, and wherever else kids go.
  •  American Society of Pediatrics and American Family Practitioners Association sponsor this web site for schoolchildren. It stresses vitality, healthy choices, kid-prepared snacks, etc. and is very interactive.
  • Kids Eat Right is a branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that focuses on the health of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, grade-schoolers and teens. Kids Eat Right has articles for parents, tips on health for kids, and kid-friendly recipes.

Smart Food Shopping

Preparation, Skills, and Easy Recipes

  • Silver Threads is a newsletter published by the University of Missouri Extension Regional Specialists. It contains information including healthy recipes and articles on nutrition and physical activity for older adults.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cooperative Extension's Recipe Central offers tips on cooking healthy, economical meals at home.
  • Food and Health Communications provides free recipes that are high in fiber, low in fat and sodium and are based on whole grains, vegetables, beans and fruit. They are easy to make using common ingredients and best of all they are well-tested and taste great.
  • Delicious Decisions from the American Heart Association is an online cookbook that lets you search for heart healthy recipes.

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Resources for Physical Activity

  • The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provide science-based information concerning the health benefits of physical activity, types and amounts of physical activity recommended for your health, ways to be more physically active, and ways to reduce risks of activity-related injury.
  • A program of the YMCA, Y5210 is a simple, teachable concept that was created to teach kids to make good choices every day for a healthy mind and body.
  • American College of Sports Medicine's mission is devoted to public awareness and education about the positive aspects of physical activity for people of all ages, from all walks of life.
  • The Community Guide's systematic review of the effectiveness of selected population-based interventions designed to increase levels of physical activity focused on interventions in three areas: informational approaches to increasing physical activity; behavioral and social approaches to increasing physical activity; and environmental and policy changes to increasing physical activity.
  • Get Moving Alabama is an initiative of the Alabama Obesity Task Force promoting physical activity to improve health and quality of life. Get Moving Alabama posts information and tips on ways to get moving on their social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Resources for Schools

  • Join the movement with Let's Move Active Schools to bring physical activity back to our nation's schools.
  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with schools, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits. The Alliance provides information on the prevalence of childhood obesity, how to live healthier, and how to take action.
  • WellSAT: 2.0 Wellness School Assessment Tool reflects new USDA school food requirements and allows school officials to assess the quality of their school district's wellness policy.
  • The CDC provides information on using the School Health Index for self-assessment and planning tools to improve school health.
  • Team Nutrition serves as a clearinghouse of information on the components that should be considered when establishing a school wellness policy. Examples of policies already developed by schools and state agencies are provided as resources and references. These policies are not endorsed by USDA nor do they represent a comprehensive list. They are provided to enable schools to have a variety of examples for local policy development.
  • Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. This effort represents a response to our nation's epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished children and adolescents. Healthy schools produce healthy students and healthy students are better able to learn and achieve their true potential.

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Resources for Taking Action in the Community

  • The Building Healthy Christian Communities Training Manual (1.5 MB) is designed to reach and teach community leaders who have the desire to address the rising incidence of Obesity in the state of Alabama. The manual contains step-by-step planning, implementation, and evaluation information utilized to coordinate the successful Relay for Health and Wellness program for five years.
  • To get physical activity and nutrition on your local agenda, follow the steps taken at The Community Toolbox. The Community Toolbox is a service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas and a source of information for community-building techniques with more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.
  • CDCís online journal, Preventing Chronic Disease - Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal providing a forum for public health researchers and practitioners to share study results and practical experience.

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Related Links

  • ADPH Nutrition and Physical Activity Division
  • American Association of Retired Persons Healthy Living
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Obesity Task Force Brochures and Materials
  • CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
  • Fruits and Veggies - More Matters
  • Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
  • National Association for Health and Fitness
  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • North Alabama Farm and Food Economy Study


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