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  USDA Nutrition Guidelines
This USDA site can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you based on the latest Food Pyramid guide.  Also get a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat.  Includes meal tips, nutrition resources, and dietary guidelines.

  HHS Dietary Guidelines  New
This U.S.Department of Health and Human Services site provides the complete text of the HHS' A Healthier You.  This searchable 325 page text can help you make smart choices from every food group, find balance between food and physical activity, and get the most out of the calories you consume.  

This USDA site is a service of the National Agricultural Library.  Find numerous free resources (web and print) on nutrition, meal planning, national health reports, weight management, and food safety as well as information about low-income federal nutrition assistance programs.

One of the most interesting, reputable, and complete weight-related sites on the web.  Offered by About.com, a part of the New York Times company.  Here you can join discussions about exercise, losing or gaining weight, recipes, food choice and preparation tips, and more.  All these tools are available just by visiting the site.  If you want more, you can create a free account and then track your weight on-line, post questions to other members, and get direct help and support - whatever your weight and health goals.

 Recipe Analyzer  New
An extraordinary tool from Calorie-Count (see above) that lets you enter essentially any food or even any complete recipe you're going to make.  You'll almost instantly get back a detailed Nutrition Facts Label (just like you see on every product in the grocery store) for your food item or recipe - including calories, fats, sodium, carbohydrates, etc.  A great way to get a handle on exactly what you eat!

 Food/Fitness Calculators  New
Two calculators and a planner from WebMD.  One calculator  lets you find the caloric and nutritional makeup of many foods - including by brand and/or restaurant.  The other calculator allows you to determine calories burned for any of hundreds of daily activities.  There is also a Planner that lets you enter age, weight, etc and your goals and get specific recommendations for activities, meals, and lifestyle changes

  Nutrition Assistance Programs 
Find information about the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's nutrition assistance programs for children and low-income people.  Programs include Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Food Assistance for Disaster Relief, and other Food Distribution programs.

  Food Label Facts 
Sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration. Find information on how to use the nutrition labels on food products to make quick, informed choices that contribute to a healthy diet.

  VCE on Childhood Nutrition 
The Virginia Cooperative Extension offers numerous publications on feeding preschoolers, food and nutrition skills for young children, using the Food Pyrmid for preschool nutrition, teaching children about smart food choices, and more.

 Nutrition and Fitness for Kids
Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.  Find information on  fitness for different age groups, exercises,  sports,  food tips for different age groups,  food allergies,  Body Mass Index (BMI) charts, and more.

  Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices are located in virtually every County in the Commonwealth and offer free programs and publications on nutrition and wellness, food safety and preservation, and weight control as well as a variety of other health matters.

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