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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 low-income people, including the Food Stamp 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.

  Area Agencies on Aging
This may be the best place to start to find services for Seniors.  This network of 25 local agencies, called Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) provides most of the services for seniors in Virginia communities.  Find the agency closest to where you live by clicking or by calling the Virginia Department for the Aging at 800-552-3402

  Virginia Cooperative Extension
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 and non-health matters.

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