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Where do you usually turn to for nutrition information? It can be exhausting to comb through all of the information out there related to diet, food, and nutrition. With an ever-growing selection of food and nutrition-related publications, it can be difficult to determine which ones offer reliable information and sound advice. Below is a list of reliable resources that provide timely and scientifically based. By no means is this a comprehensive list, nor does inclusion on this list indicate endorsement by University of Wyoming Extension.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Found at eatright.org – The dynamic website contains a wealth of nutrition information for consumers, featuring content ranging from articles, tips, videos, recipes, to online games and app reviews. Some topics include childhood obesity, healthy weight loss, and nutrition for life and disease management/prevention.

American Diabetes Association

Found at www.diabetes.org – This is a US-based association working to prevent and cure diabetes, and improve the lives of people affected by diabetes. The agency funds research, publishes scientific findings, and provides information and other services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

Found at www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/index.html – Their mission is to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition. This site provides resources, publications, data, and statistics.

Choose My Plate

Found at www.choosemyplate.gov – This site provides the latest nutrition recommendations from the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The site provides information on the food groups (grains, vegetable, fruit, dairy, and protein foods), number of servings needed per day (depending on your sex, age group, and level of physical activity), and guidelines as to what constitutes a serving for each food group. The site also includes information on the health benefits of nutrients, tips to help you increase consumption of healthy foods as well as recipes. Under the interactive tools section of the website, you can develop your personal “daily food plan”, track your food intake and activity level, and take advantage of the “food planner” to help you plan the foods to eat in order to meet your personal health/weight change goals.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Found at www.fns.usda.gov/cnpp – The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. Recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are intended for Americans ages 2 years and over, including those at increased risk of chronic disease.

Food Allergy Research & Education

Found at foodallergy.org – Follow the website links to learn more about allergens, symptoms, food allergy reactions, how to manage a food allergy, and other important topics.

Food and Nutrition Information Center

Found at www.nal.usda.gov/fnic – This website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information. They detail weight and obesity from a nutritional standpoint, along with food safety, dietary guidance, and more.

Food Safety Inspection Service

Found at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education – A the public health agency in the USDA that is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

Health and Human Services

Found at health.gov/myhealthfinder –Multiple government and non-profit resources form one huge database of health and nutrition information. The resources and information they provide have to meet certain quality standards to be included.

Office of Dietary Supplements

Found at ods.od.nih.gov – This site makes accurate and up-to-date scientific information about dietary supplements available through fact sheets, brochures, exhibits, and newsletters. It provides very detailed information on safety, recommended dosages, side effects, and effectiveness of supplements.

The Mayo Clinic

Found at www.mayoclinic.org – The website offers useful and up-to-date information and tools on a variety of health issues. A site that has sound nutrition principles offered by registered dietitians. The site has comprehensive guides on hundreds of diseases and conditions.

The National Institute of Health

Found at www.nih.gov – It is the nation’s medical research agency that provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by conducting and supporting research. Topics include clinical trials, health/wellness, and health for child, teen, men, women, and seniors.

The Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionist

Found at www.scandpg.org – SCAN provides sound, evidence-based information for athletes, consumers, and health and fitness professionals.

University of Wyoming Extension Nutrition and Food Safety

Found at www.uwyo.edu/foods – This web site addresses issues relevant to the citizens of Wyoming. Resources on this site provide research-based information in nutrition and food safety education that can help you to make informed decisions about many topics in your life.

USA.gov Health and Nutrition: Online Services

Found at www.usa.gov/health – This website is a leading source of healthcare resources touching on how to find local farmers markets, food safety issues, diet and nutrition questions, among other issues.

I hope you find this list of resources helpful.  They are all trustworthy sources of health and nutrition information. You can learn a lot just by browsing through some of them.  In addition, remember, the next time you have a nutrition question make sure you consider the quality, reliability, and trustworthiness of the information source you use. 

 

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