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Food, Nutrition, & Metabolism

The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity (Grades 7-8) - Explore the scientific principles of energy balance within the body (energy in versus energy out) and their impact on human health. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and Office of Science Education)
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We Can! - We Can! or "Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition" is a national program designed for families and communities to help children achieve a healthy weight. The program focuses on three important behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Portion Distorition Slide Sets - Obesity education slide sets that can be downloaded for use in computer slide shows, conventional slide presentations, or for online viewing via the Web site. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Portion Distortion Quiz - A quiz that helps you to understand how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
My - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid. This site contains many links to helpful resources such as: tip of the week, my pyramid tracker, my pyramid plan, dietary guidelines, tips and resources, animated pyramid tour, inside the pyramid and resources for professionals. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Questions and Answers - A fact sheet that reviews research studies on the possible connection between cancer and artificial sweeteners. (National Cancer Institute)
Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI) - Online calculator of your body mass index - the measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Chemistry of Health - This science education booklet describes how basic chemistry and biochemistry research can spur a better understanding of human health. The booklet highlights the research of a number of chemists and includes questions at the end of each chapter. (Publication No. 00-4121, 66 pages) (National Institute of General Medical Sciences)
Diabetes Dictionary - This dictionary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about diabetes. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
Dietary Supplements: More is Not Always Better - Fact sheet about the safety of dietary supplements. (National Institute on Aging)

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