References and Resources

Weight Loss and Management

Aim for a Healthy WeightExternal
This booklet published by National Heart, Lung and Blood institute (NHLBI), contains practical, easy-to-use information for losing and maintaining weight – including tips on healthy eating and physical activity, other options such as weight loss medications and weight loss surgery, setting weight loss goals, and rewarding success.

Weight-control Information NetworkExternal
An information service from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Weight-control Information Network (WIN) provides general information, publications, and other resources on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues for the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress.

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much Do you Really Know? Cdc-pdf[PDF-714KB]External
This fact sheet published by (NIDDK), Weight-control Information Network (WIN) will help clear up confusion about weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity.


USDA’s ChooseMyPlate Website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010External
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides advice about how good dietary habits for people aged 2 years and older can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

The Facts on Fats InfographicExternal
Understanding the different types of fats; what’s good fat, bad fat and what the AHA recommends for heart health, helps you make healthier choices.

Portion DistortionExternal
Do you know how food portions have changed in 20 years? Take this quiz from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The USDA, Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) Interactive ToolsExternal
These Web sites help consumers and professionals with an array of interactive tools for dietary assessment and planning, checking personal health risks, testing knowledge, and evaluating needs.

Meal Planning and Tracking Tools

Daily Food PlanExternal
USDA’s ChooseMyPlate Daily Food Plan shows what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level.

MyPlate PlanExternal
USDA’s ChooseMyPlate can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.