Farmer's Markets and Nutrition
- Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing – The USDA provides an overview of farmer’s markets, including facts and statistics, and the benefits of shopping at farmer’s markets.
- Local Harvest – This site provides a brief description of farmer’s markets and a farmer’s market locator.
- Impact of Hunger - This site, “Hunger in America,” describes food insecurity, provides statistics on hunger and food insecurity, and outlines its impact on physical and mental health and development.
- Food Security -- This link provides a report on food security from the World Health Organization.
- Food Insecurity, Hunger, and Children’s Health - Food security and hunger expert Dr. John Cook discusses the causes of food insecurity in America, and its impact on children’s health and performance.
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
- Inadequate Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Found Among U.S. Children – This article from Science Daily demonstrates that children and adolescents are not meeting the recommended dietary intake for fruits and vegetables.
- Fruits and Vegetables - The CDC provides information on recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, as well as suggestions for incorporating more of these foods into one’s daily diet.
- Fruits and Vegetables Directory – This WebMD site provides a comprehensive overview of the nutrients and benefits of fruits and vegetables, as well as useful tips for increasing daily intake of these foods.
- Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All – The CDC provides a detailed description of health literacy, including how it affects Americans, and a proposal by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve health literacy in the U.S.
- Health Literacy – Medline Plus offers a basic description of health literacy, and provides links to many other websites and articles about health literacy and related issues.
- Health Literacy Power Point – The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) provides an overview of health literacy, including who is affected, and how it can impact one’s life.
Home Nutrition Environment
- Promoting Healthy Eating at Home – This article, by the Harvard School of Public Health, provides tips for parents to encourage healthy eating habits in their children.
- Toxic Food Environment – This article discusses how our environment influences the foods we consume, including how our homes, work environments, and schools influence our nutrition and intake.
- MHealth – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a brief description of MHealth, as well as links to current applications of MHealth by U.S. organizations.
- What Is Mobile Health? – This site provides a comprehensive overview of mobile health, including its benefits for health care workers and patients, its global impact, and its potential for future growth.
- Mobile Health Presents Life-Changing Opportunities – Information Week discusses the many applications of mobile health and how this technology is already positively impacting our lives.
- National Numeracy: For Everyone, For Life – The National Numeracy organization provides a comprehensive overview of numeracy, including how it affects individuals, and the organization’s initiative to improve numeracy.
- In Other Words…Health Numeracy – How Do Patients Handle the Concept of Quantity When It Relates to Their Health? – Helen Osborne (President of Health Literacy Counseling) focuses on how numeracy can affect healthcare, and provides suggestions to improve communication of quantitative information between health-care providers and their patients.
Nutrition and Diet Intake and Quality
- Trends in Intake of Energy and Macronutrients – United States, 1971-2000 – This report by the CDC analyzes data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys to assess the changing trends in intake of calories and macronutrients between 1971-2000.
- Eating Habits – A Look at the Average American Diet – This Wall Street Journal article provides information on the average American’s diet, as well as statistics on Americans’ snacking habits, consumption of specialty foods (ex. specialty cheeses or breads), and intake when eating at restaurants.
- Profiling Food Consumption in America – This report by the USDA overviews the dietary trends of Americans, including consumption of fruits, vegetables, grains and other foods in the food pyramid.
Obesity - Adulthood
- Adult Overweight and Obesity - This link provides a comprehensive definition of obesity by the CDC, as well as statistics on adult obesity, and a discussion of its causes.
- Understanding Adult Obesity – The Cleveland Clinic describes the measures, causes, and health consequences of adult obesity.
- What Can Be Done? – The CDC outlines steps that we can take to reverse this trend, on the federal, state, community, and individual levels.
Obesity - Childhood
- Childhood Obesity Facts – The CDC provides statistics on childhood obesity and discusses its health effects, as well as prevention through healthier lifestyle habits.
- Childhood Obesity -The Mayo Clinic provides a comprehensive overview of childhood obesity, including its causes and risk factors, associated health risks, and treatment or prevention.
- Let’s Move! – First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity includes educating parents and caregivers, providing healthier foods in schools, improving access to healthy foods, and encouraging physical activity.
Parental Feeding Practices
- Just The Right Byte – This website, by Registered Dietician Jill Castle, provides a comprehensive overview of many topics related to child nutrition, healthy eating, and parental feeding practices.
- Parental Feeding Styles – Influence on Children – This presentation by a family physician describes the main types of parental feeding styles and their influences on children and their development.
School Cafeteria Environment
- 7 School Cafeteria Upgrades Across the Country – This article discusses how seven schools across the United States are changing their cafeteria menus in order to promote the “healthy school lunch movement.”
- Schools Struggle to Feed Kids Healthy Food – This CNN article discusses the unhealthy cafeteria environment and the movement to provide healthier school lunch options for children.
- Back to School – This article discusses the National School Lunch Program, the abundance of junk food that is offered in school cafeterias, and the increasing demand for healthier cafeteria menus across the United States.