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Tools for Addressing Nutrition Topics

toolsThese tools can help in all program phases. From planning the intervention to educating the target audience, information is available to assist health professionals.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
CDC, Nutrition and Physical Activity
By entering current body weight and height, the BMI calculator can determine BMI value as a measure of weight status.

CDC Growth Charts
CDC, National Center of Health Statistics
The growth charts consist of a series of percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in U.S. children. Pediatric growth charts have been used by pediatricians, nurses, and parents to track the growth of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States since 1977. This site provides specific growth charts, educational materials, and data tables related to the growth charts.

Inventory of Qualitative Research
CDC, Nutrition and Physical Activity
The Inventory of Qualitative Research provides basic information about qualitative studies that have been conducted in nutrition, physical activity, and other related fields.

Making It Happen — School Nutrition Success Stories
CDC, School and Adolescent Health
This site describes approaches used by schools to encourage changes in nutrition and physical activity behaviors among students. Summaries of each school's activities and contact information are provided.

Related Resources

The Community Guide – Nutrition*
The Community Guide conducts systematic reviews to summarize what is known about the effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility of interventions to promote community health and prevent disease. This link provides information about reviews that are planned or in progress regarding the effectiveness of selected population-based intervention programs addressing nutrition.

The DASH Eating Plan
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
"DASH" stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension," a clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on blood pressure. Study results indicated that elevated blood pressures were reduced by an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods and is low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
Published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides health education professionals with the latest science-based nutrition and physical activity recommendations. The Dietary Guidelines Tool Kit is a compilation of consumer-friendly materials such as brochures and Web sites to assist professionals and the general public in understanding the key points of the guidelines.

Eat Smart. Play Hard.
is about encouraging and teaching kids and adults to eat healthy and be physically active everyday.

Educational Resources
USDA's Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) Resource Lists help nutrition professionals and consumers locate information and materials for specific nutrition topics. Compiled by Nutrition Information Specialists, the lists provide resources in a variety of formats including articles, pamphlets, books, audio-visuals, and website links.

fruits and veggies
This Web site supports the "Fruits and Veggies - More Matters" initiative, which encourages the consumption of fruits and vegetables for improved public health. You can calculate your personal fruit and vegetable needs, find healthy fruit and vegetable recipes, and learn new ideas for eating fruits and vegetables. Tools for Professionals
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The MyPyramid Web site provides information specifically for professionals, in addition to the content for consumers. Professional content includes a peer-to-peer PowerPoint presentation that details the background and development of MyPyramid. Information explaining food intake patterns, calorie levels, and educational framework are also provided.

MyPyramid Tracker
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
MyPyramid Tracker is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.

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Page last reviewed: May 22, 2007
Page last updated: May 22, 2007
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion