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Dietary Guidelines and Human Health

Clinical dietitian uses materials from and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service National Nutrient Database

Dietary Guidance: Dietary Reference Intakes
USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.
Contains tools to calculate levels of required vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients based on age and gender, in accordance with current nutritional science.

Choose MyPlate
USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and Food and Nutrition Service.
Offers a suite of resources on dietary guidance that link scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. Includes materials on MyPlate, the USDA visual nutrition tool.

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Identifies nutritious food choices, healthy physical activities, and ways to reach and maintain a healthy weight through personalized goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.

Life Stages
USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.
Gives nutritional guidance organized by age (infants, children, adults, seniors) and gender.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and Office of the Secretary.
Describes the most current recommendations designed to encourage Americans to eat foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.

Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Supplies tools to assess whether or not your current weight is healthy, how to lose weight effectively, and how to prevent weight gain. Contains a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator.

Nutrition Basics
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Presents basic concepts on food groups, required water intake, fat, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Provides a variety of nutrition and fitness information, including the most current nutritional research. Includes materials on these major topics: healthy weight, nutrition, physical weight, and overweight and obesity.

Labeling & Nutrition
DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.
Lists the requirements for food labels mandated by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.
Offers an overview of the role of vitamins in human nutrition and health, along with a list of resources.