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WIN Reference Collection

A database of articles and resources designed for the general public, health professionals, the media and Congress providing up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

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Federal Clearinghouses

National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service

Office of Cancer Communications
NCI Public Inquiries Office
6116 Executive Boulevard
Room 3036A
Bethesda, MD 20892–8322
800–4–CANCER (422–6237)
800–332–8615 (TTY)
Internet: http://www.cancer.gov

  • The Live Help feature at this website allows interested parties to chat confidentially about general cancer questions and smoking cessation.
  • Provides press releases, fact sheets, and publications about cancer-related issues.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NCCAM Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 7923
Gaithersburg, MD 20898
(301) 519–3153
866–464–3615 (TTY)
866–464–3616 (fax)
Internet: http://nccam.nih.gov
Email: info@nccam.nih.gov

  • Conducts and supports research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public.

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

One Diabetes Way
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 496–3583
800–438–5383 (to order materials)
Internet: http://www.ndep.nih.gov
Email: ndep@info.nih.gov

  • A federally-sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
  • Provides information for the general public and health professionals.


National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3560
(703) 738–4929 (fax)
Internet : http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
Email: ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov

  • Provides information about diabetes to health professionals, patients, and the public.
  • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3570
(703) 738–4929 (fax)
Internet: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
Email: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov

  • Provides information on the prevention and management of digestive diseases to health professionals and the public.
  • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

National Health Information Center

P.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC 20013–1133
(301) 565–4167
(301) 984–4256 (fax)
Internet: http://www.health.gov/NHIC
Email: info@nhic.org

  • A health information referral service that puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824–0105
(301) 592–8573
(240) 629–3255 (TTY)
(301) 592–8563 (fax)
Internet: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/infoctr/index.htm
Email: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov

  • Provides information about cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases to health professionals and the public.
  • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition (We Can!)
Internet: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/

  • A program of NHLBI, in collaboration with NIDDK and NCI, that helps parents and families encourage their children to eat healthfully and be more physically active.

National Institute on Aging

Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496–1752
800–222–4225 (TTY)
(301) 496–1072 (fax)
Internet: http://www.nia.nih.gov

  • Conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research; provides research training; and disseminates research findings and health information on aging processes, diseases, and other issues related to older adults.

National Institutes of Health Consensus Program Information Center

6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2B03
Bethesda, MD 20892
888–NIH–CONSENSUS (644–2667)
(301) 402–0420 (fax)
Internet: http://www.consensus.nih.gov
Email: consensus@mail.nih.gov

  • Provides National Institutes of Health consensus statements on biomedical technologies to health professionals and the public.

National Institute of Mental Health

Public Inquiries
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892–9663
(301) 443–4513
866–615–NIMH (6464)
866–415–8051 (TTY)
(301) 443–4279 (fax)
Internet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov
Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov

  • Provides information about mental health, including eating disorders, to health professionals and the public. 
  • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

Office of Minority Health

Resource Center
P.O. Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013–7337
(301) 251–2160 (fax)
Internet: http://www.omhrc.gov
Email: info@omhrc.gov

  • Provides information on minority health issues to health professionals.
  • Bilingual staff members are available to serve Spanish-speaking requestors.

The National Women's Health Information Center

8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
888–220–5446 (TTY)
Internet : http://www.4woman.gov
Email: 4woman@psgs.com

  • Provides a gateway to Federal and other women’s health information resources.

Weight–control Information Network

1 WIN Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3665
(202) 828–1025
(202) 828–1028 (fax)
Internet: http://win.niddk.nih.gov
Email: WIN@info.niddk.nih.gov

  • Provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.


Other Federal Agencies

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

3101 Park Center Drive, 10th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22302–1594
(703) 305–7600
(703) 305–3400 (fax)
Internet : http://www.cnpp.usda.gov

888–7–PYRAMID (779–7264)
Email: Support@cnpp.usda.gov

Email: MPTSupport@cnpp.usda.gov

  • Provides information about nutrition and food selection, including dietary guidelines and the food guide pyramid.

Federal Trade Commission

Public Reference Branch, Room 130
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326–2222
(202) 326–2502 (TTD)
877–FTC–HELP (382–4357)
Internet: http://www.ftc.gov

  • Provides the public and health professionals with information about weight-loss products and programs.
  • Develops materials to help identify health misinformation.

Food and Drug Administration

Consumer Inquiries
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
888–INFO–FDA (463–6332)
(301) 443–9767 (fax)
Internet: http://www.fda.gov

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
888–SAFEFOOD (723–3366)

  • Provides information and publications about food products and dietary supplements to health professionals and the public.

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
(301) 827–4570

  • Provides information and publications on drug-related subjects to health professionals and the public.

National Center for Health Statistics

Metro IV Building
3311 Toledo Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 458–4000
Internet : http://www.cdc.gov/nchs
Email: nchsquery@cdc.gov

  • Provides health statistics to the public and health professionals.

Office of Dietary Supplements

National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Boulevard
Room 3B01, MSC 7517
Bethesda, MD 20892–7517
(301) 435–2920
(301) 480–1845 (fax)
Internet: http://dietary–supplements.info.nih.gov
Email: ods@nih.gov

  • Supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements.
  • Provides safety notices on dietary supplements.


President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Department W
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 738–H
Washington, DC 20201–0004
(202) 690–9000
(202) 690–5211 (fax)
Internet: http://www.fitness.gov

  • Works to promote the development of physical fitness, facilities, and programs.
  • Offers a variety of testing, recognition, and incentive programs.


Non–Government Agencies

American Academy of Pediatrics

National Headquarters
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 434–4000
(847) 434–8000 (fax)
Internet: http://www.aap.org
Email: kidsdocs@aap.org

  • Provides information and publications to promote the health, safety and well–being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

American Medical Association

515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
800–621–8335 (customer service)
Internet: http://www.ama–assn.org

  • Provides information on various diseases, including diabetes, as well as general health information on nutrition and physical activity.
  • Offers a “physician finder” to help find information on physicians throughout the United States.

Health Power, Inc.

3020 Glenwood Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 434–8103
(718) 434–8126 (fax)
Internet: http://healthpowerforminorities.org
Email: cburgess@healthpowerforminorities.org

  • Through its website, helps minority populations identify resources for health information.
Disease and Disorders
American Association for Diabetes Educators

100 West Monroe Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 424–2427 (fax)
Internet: http://www.aadenet.org
Email: aade@aadenet.org

  • Works to improve the quality of diabetes education and care.

American Diabetes Association

Attn: National Call Center
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
800–DIABETES (342–2383)
Internet: http://www.diabetes.org
Email: askada@diabetes.org

  • Provides information to the public on diabetes and related topics, including nutrition, exercise, and treatment.
  • ADA also offers patient referrals.
  • Operators and information are available in Spanish.

American Heart Association

National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231–4596
800–AHA–USA1 (242–8721)
American Stroke Association
888–4–STROKE (478–7653)
Internet: http://www.americanheart.org

  • Distributes publications on diet, nutrition, weight reduction, and exercise to the public.
  • Cookbooks by the AHA are available at local bookstores.
  • Information is available in Spanish.

American Institute for Cancer Research

1759 R Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328–7744
(202) 328–7226 (fax)
Internet: http://www.aicr.org
Email: aicrweb@aicr.org

  • Provides research-based publications on nutrition and cancer prevention to health professionals and the public.
  • Offers medical and nutrition advice from a registered dietitian.

American Public Health Association

800 I Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 777–2742
(202) 777–2500 (TTY)
(202) 777–2533 (fax)
Internet: http://www.apha.org
Email: comments@apha.org

  • Serves the public through its scientific and practice programs, publications, educational services, and advocacy efforts.

National Organization for Rare Disorders

55 Kenosia Avenue
P.O. Box 1968
New Fairfield, CT 06812–1968
800–999–6673 (voicemail only)
(203) 744–0100
(203) 798–2291 (fax)
Internet: http://www.rarediseases.org
Email: orphan@rarediseases.org

  • Provides information on rare disorders to health professionals and the public and maintains the Rare Diseases Database.


National Rural Health Association

521 East 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64110–3229
(816) 756–3140
(816) 756–3144 (fax)
Internet: http://www.nrharural.org
Email: mail@NRHArural.org

  • Provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas, information, research, and methods to improve rural health.


Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association

603 Stewart Street
Suite 803
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 382–3587
(206) 829–8501 (fax)
Internet: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Email: info@nationaleatingdisorders.org

  • Provides educational resources on eating disorders and their prevention for schools, health professionals, community organization, and individuals.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

2923 Sandy Pointe
Suite 6
Del Mar, CA 92014–2052
(858) 792–7463
(775) 261–9364 (fax)
Internet: www.edreferral.com

  • Provides information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders.
  • Provides referrals to eating disorder professionals, treatment facilities, support groups, etc.
  • Offers general information to inform the public about the treatment and prevention of eating disorders.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

P.O. Box 7
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 831–3438
(847) 433–4632 (fax)
Internet: http://www.anad.org
Email: anad20@aol.com

  • Operates a hotline (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) where information can be obtained on eating disorders, therapist referrals, and support groups.


American Dietetic Association

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606–6995
1–800–877–1600, ext. 4844 (nationwide nutrition network/find a nutrition professional)
(312) 899–4899 (fax)
Internet: http://www.eatright.org
Email: findnrd@eatright.org (referral to dietitian)
sales@eatright.org (publications)

  • Works to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well–being.

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Nutrition Action Circulation Department
1875 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332–9110
(202) 265–4954 (fax)
Internet: http://www.cspinet.org
Email: cspi@cspinet.org

  • Provides information on nutrition and health and food safety.

International Food Information Council Foundation

Publications Department
1100 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296–6540
(202) 296–6547 (fax)
Internet: http://ific.org
Email: foodinfo@ific.org

  • Provides information on food safety, food ingredients, and nutrition to health professionals and the public.
  • Single copies are available free of charge.


The Obesity Society

8630 Fenton Street,Suite 814
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 563–6526
(301) 563–9595 (fax)
Internet: http://www.naaso.org

  • Develops, extends, and disseminates knowledge in the field of obesity.


Obesity Treatment
American Society for Bariatric Surgery

100 Southwest 75th Street
Suite 201
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 331–4900
(352) 331–4975 (fax)
Internet: http://www.asbs.org
Email: info@asbs.org

  • Provides information on obesity, gastric surgery, and related topics to the public.
  • Provides names and contact information of doctors who specialize in bariatric surgery.

American Society of Bariatric Physicians

2821 South Parker Road
Suite 625
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 779–4834 (fax)
Internet: http://www.asbp.org
Email: info@asbp.org

  • Provides patient referrals to physicians who specialize in obesity.


Physical Activity/Exercise
Association for Morbid Obesity Support

1-866-WLS-INFO (957-4636)
Web: www.obesityhelp.com

This is primarily a patient support site offering:

  • Locations of hospitals offering Bariatric Surgery in each state.
  • List of Bariatric surgeons by location.
  • Other support services, i.e., patient experiences with insurance coverage, patient critiques of doctors and hospitals, etc.
Member contributions, and physician and hospital sponsorship fund this site.
American College of Sports Medicine

P.O. Box 1440
Indianapolis, IN 46206–1440
(317) 637–9200
(317) 634–7817 (fax)
Internet: http://www.acsm.org

  • Provides publications, audiotapes, and videotapes on physical fitness and weight loss to health professionals and the general public.

American Running Association

4405 East–West Highway
Suite 405
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 913–9517
Internet: http://www.americanrunning.org
Email: run@americanrunning.org

  • Provides information on exercise and nutrition to the public.

Shape Up America

c/o Webfront Solutions Corp.
15754 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD 20855
(301) 258–0540
(301) 258–0541
Internet: http://www.shapeup.org
Email: info@shapeup.org

  • Through its website, provides health messages on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity.
  • Requests contact via email before phone.


Size Acceptance
Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Inc.

P.O. Box 305
Mount Marion, NY 12456
(845) 679–1209
(845) 679–1206 (fax)
Internet: http://www.cswd.org
Email: info@cswd.org

  • Provides information on eating disorders, “sizism,” the nondieting movement, and size discrimination.

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

P.O. Box 22510
Oakland, CA 94609
(916) 558–6880
Internet: http://www.naafa.org
Email: carole_cullum@naafa.org

  • Provides support and attempts to eliminate discrimination against fat people.
  • Provides information to health professionals on how to treat very large patients (e.g., weighing).


Interactive Tools/ Interactive Resources

Body Mass Index Calculator

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • This site allows users to calculate their body mass index, or BMI.

Get Moving Calculator

Calorie Control Council

  • This site allows users to calculate the number of calories burned during physical activity.


International Food Information Council

  • This site promotes healthy eating and physical activity among children and their parents.
Rate Your Restaurant Diet

Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • This interactive questionnaire helps users determine whether they make health food choices at restaurants.

MyPyramid Tracker

U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

  • This site is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information about diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.


U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
http://www.mypyramid.gov http://www.mypyramid.gov/steps/stepstoahealthierweight.html

  • Visitors to this site receive personalized eating plans based on height, weight, sex, and age. There are specific sections for adults and children. 

Nutrition Explorations

National Dairy Council

  • This site includes curriculums for educators, games, recipes for parents, and a variety of teaching tools to promote good nutrition.

Fruits and Veggies Matter

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • This site includes recipes, a fruit and vegetable calculator, tips to help increase fruit and vegetable intake, and a question and answer section.


National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine

  • This site provides health information for consumers and health professionals.


National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine

  • This site is a research database.


National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine

  • This site provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • This site provides a downloadable version of the most recent dietary guidelines.

WIN Reference Collection

Internet : http://win.niddk.nih.gov/resources/WRC/

  • This site provides a collection of articles and educational resources on weight control, nutrition, and physical activity.

* NIDDK/WIN provides this list for information purposes only. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement from NIDDK/WIN.

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