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Online tools & resources to help you reach your health goals

March 18th, 2015

Online tools & resources to help you reach your health goals

You may have set lofty goals for 2015 to eat better, lose weight, and pay attention to your health. But if you don’t have the right tools to help you do that, you can easily drift from your goal. In time for National Nutrition Month, here are some great places to get tools and resources to help you on your way to wellness!

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is the leading authority on nutrition, and the primary professional organization for registered nutrition professionals across the country. This website has an endless wealth of information on healthy lifestyle habits and eating for every age and stage of life, with articles on weight loss, prenatal nutrition and wellness, cooking tips and recipes, vitamin supplements, food safety, exercise and building muscle, and so much more! The AND website also provides you with the resources to search for a dietician or nutritionist in your area if you are looking for additional one-on-one help.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

The CDC is not just about outbreaks and flu season. The organization is committed to preventing chronic conditions that plague our culture, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you are just starting out learning about foods and proper nutrition, this is a fantastic resource. This page breaks down every part of your plate to the basics, from protein to carbohydrates, gives you examples of foods in each category, serving sizes by age, and other fantastic tips. When you feel like you’ve been completely schooled on your basics, the site gives you links to great tools, recipes, and even provides resources on how to get your child a great start in life, nutritionally and healthwise, with breastfeeding.

 

My Plate

&

Super Tracker

MyPlate provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information for all ages. The online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children. Not only does it help you to design your plate each meal, but it provides links, information, and videos on how to eat on a budget, make mealtime fun with kids, pointers on ways to get physically active, a way to track your foods, compare the nutritional data in foods, and even a BMI calculator.

 

Department of Agriculture

This website is a wealth of knowledge, especially when it comes to finding factual, well-researched topics written by reputable organizations and groups. You can get information on everything from the very basics of nutrition, to topics such as farmers markets, food storage and preservation, cooking (including ethnic recipes!), reading food labels, food assistance programs, and much more.

 

Nutrition Data

As you become better and more comfortable reading labels, this website will give you an amazing amount of information about any food you choose. Search a food, an amount, and you have a breakdown of every nutrient that could possibly be measured in that food. What’s great about this site is that it also has nicely presented visual graphs to give you a better sense of the amounts of each nutrient. The site also provides you with a nutrition glossary, a food search that helps you find foods highest in any vitamin or mineral, or what foods are lowest in carbs, saturated fats, or sugars, allows you to create and analyze recipes, track your diet, and save your favorite foods.

While many of these sites are geared toward cooking and eating in the home, there are wonderful resources for dining out, as well.

 

Healthy Dining Finder

Run by a team of registered dieticians, this website is a healthy version of the Urban Spoon app. Once you plug in your zip code, you immediately are shown local restaurants in your area with healthy, dietician-approved menu choices, along with general pricing and distance from your zip code. You can find healthy dining options, including “sodium savvy” options with dishes that adhere to a strict sodium criteria. The Kids Live Well choices concentrate on menu items with lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, among other strict nutritional guidelines. You can either get directions to the restaurant of your choice, or visit their official website. You can look up restaurant reviews, and even send any burning question you have directly to a dietician on staff at Healthy Dining Finder.

Plus, every chain restaurant in the nation is required to have calories listed in menus, and just about all of them have nutrition values of their menu items on their websites that can help you decide ahead of time.

When you have accurate information and professional organizations or individuals to answer your questions about health and eating well, there is nothing that can stand in your way to a healthier life.

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