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Life Stage Nutrition

Eat Well at Every Stage of Life

Discover healthy eating tips to meet the nutrition needs of people at every life stage, from infants to older adults.

Nutrition Resources by Life Stage

Pregnancy

Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Folic Acid

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

People at Risk: Pregnant Women

HHS. FoodSafety.gov.

Food Safety Booklet for Pregnant Women, Their Unborn Babies, and Children Under Five (Also in Spanish/Español)

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. 

Pregnancy

HHS. Office on Women's Health.

Pregnancy and Nutrition

HHS. National Institutes of Health. MedlinePlus.gov.

Diabetes During Pregnancy

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Health Tips for Pregnant Women

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Advice about Eating Fish

HHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Healthy Weight Gain during Pregnancy

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nutrition During Pregnancy

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Optimal nutrition for improved twin pregnancy outcome

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Assessing nutritional needs in pregnant patients with prior bariatric surgery

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Breastfeeding

Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Breastfeeding Resources

HHS. Administration for Children and Families. Head Start.

Monitoring the World Health Organization Global Target 2025 for Exclusive Breastfeeding: Experience From the United States

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WIC Breastfeeding Support

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. WIC.

Breastfeeding and Special Circumstances: Alcohol

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Advice about Eating Fish

HHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Breastfeeding Info

La Leche League International.

Infants

Infant Formula Safety

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Infant Nutrition and Feeding Guide

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. WIC Works Resource System.

Infant and Toddler Nutrition

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Consumer Research on Infant Formula and Infant Feeding

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Questions & Answers for Consumers Concerning Infant Formula

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Feeding Infants and Children from Birth to 24 Months: Summarizing Existing Guidance

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Feeding My Baby: From Cradle to Table

Illinois Extension.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Infant and Young Child Feeding

World Health Organization.

Baby Nutrition (Also in Spanish/Español)

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Safe Food for Babies and Children: Making Homemade Baby Food for Babies 6 Months and Older 

North Dakota State University Extension.

Food for Baby's First Year

Ohio State University Extension.

Toddlers and Preschoolers

Reducing the Risk of Choking in Young Children at Mealtimes

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service Team Nutrition.

Create a Positive Meal Environment

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Team Nutrition.

Infant and Toddler Nutrition

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Tips to Help Your Picky Eater (Also in Spanish/Español)

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Healthy Eating for Girls

HHS. Office on Women's Health. GirlsHealth.gov.

Food for the Toddler Years

Ohio State University Extension.

Feeding without the Fuss Presentation

Nebraska Extension.

Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy

North Carolina Cooperative Extension; North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Kids Eat Right: For Toddlers

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Preschool Nutrition & Fitness

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Toddler Nutrition

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Children

Kids in the Kitchen (Also in Spanish/Español)

USDA. National Agricultural Library. Nutrition.gov.

Menu Planner for School Meals

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Team Nutrition.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Food Allergies in Schools Toolkit

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Managing Diabetes at School (Also in Spanish/Español)

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers 

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Helping Your Child Who is Overweight (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Kids and Their Bones: A Guide for Parents (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Go, Slow, and Whoa! A Kid's Guide to Eating Right (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

Nemours Foundation.

Kids Eat Right: For Gradeschoolers

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Position Paper: Benchmarks for Nutrition in Child Care

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Healthy Children: Nutrition (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Teens and Young Adults

Late Evening Food and Beverage Consumption by Adolescents in the U.S.: What We Eat in America, NHANES 2013-2016

USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Food Surveys Research Group.

HealthyMe Calculator

USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Baylor University USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center.

Everyday Food Safety for Young Adults

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Read the Label Youth Outreach Materials

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers (Also in Spanish/Español)

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Having Body Image Issues

HHS. Office on Women's Health. GirlsHealth.gov.

Living with Food Allergies: Navigating College

Food Allergy Research and Education.

For Teens: A Guide to Eating for Sports (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

Nemours Foundation.

For Teens: Female Athlete Triad (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

Nemours Foundation.

Adults

Water, Hydration, and Health (Also in Spanish/Español)

USDA. National Agricultural Library. Nutrition.gov.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025

USDAHHS.

Start Simple with MyPlate Today (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

USDA; HHS.

Dietary Guidelines: Toolkit for Professionals

HHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Healthy Eating Tips (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get the Facts: Added Sugars

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some Myths about Nutrition and Physical Activity (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol)

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Healthy Eating

HHS. Office on Women's Health.

Mediterranean Eating on a Budget

PennState Extension.

Food Insight (Also in Spanish/Españ​​​​​​​ol and Portuguese)

International Food Information Council.

Older Adults

MyPlate for Older Adults

USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

Progress Reports

USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

Eldercare Locator

HHS. Administration for Community Living. Administration on Aging.

Nutrition and Aging Resource Center

HHS. Administration for Community Living. Administration on Aging.

Older Americans Act Nutrition Services

HHS. Administration for Community Living. Administration on Aging.

Using the Nutrition Facts Label: For Older Adults

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Healthy Eating

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging.

How Can I Stay Active as I Get Older?

HHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Healthy Aging in Action Report

HHS. Office of the Surgeon General.

Nutrition and Aging

Colorado State University Extension.

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs.

Food Assistance for Older Adults

National Council on Aging.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Works for Seniors

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging; Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

USDA MyPlate Resources

USDA's MyPlate.gov offers nutrition guidance and activities for the different life stages based on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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