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Roadmap to "Be Fit to Be'ne'Fit"

Your path to a healthy lifestyle is just a click away. Select a category below to find links for useful tips about how you and your family can incorporate good nutrition and regular exercise into your lives.

Diet and Nutrition
Health and Disease
Exercise and Fitness
General Health Information
Weight Management and Obesity
Women’s Nutrition and Health
Nutrition and Health for Children

Diet and Nutrition

General Nutrition Resources
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/  The official Nutrition and Physical Activity site produced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are many links at this site where you can find information about diet and health, obesity in America, and physical activity recommendations

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200009 American Heart Association gives you information about how to eat healthfully. Here you can read about dietary recommendations to live a healthy lifestyle, get tips for healthy food shopping, and get heart healthy recipes

http://nhlbisupport.com/cgi-bin/chd1/step1intro.cgi How you can make your diet a HEART HEALTHY diet.

http://www.nutrition.org/search/ggl_engine.htm Look up information about different food groups, vitamins, minerals, and dietary recommendations.

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/ Fruits and vegetables 5 a Day Fruits and Vegetables.  Learn about the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables.

http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/home_14383_ENU_HTML.htm Daily Tips from the American Dietetic Association for how to eat healthy and be more active

Nutrition Label
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/foodlab.html This site details all you need to know when you are looking at a food label

http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/foodlabel/closer-look.jsp This site is a little more user friendly and describes the nutrition label.

Food Guide Pyramid
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/325/24100/329091.html?d=dmtContent This site describes a “healthy” food guide pyramid with useful links for weight management

Portion Control and Serving Sizes
http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/portion/ This is a great site that teaches you about proper serving sizes and how you can control your portions

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/what/index.html for fruit and vegetable serving sizes

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/size-matters-simple-ways-to-pare-portions This site teaches you how you can determine the portion sizes of your favorite foods by using common items

http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/rate-your-plate.jsp Want to know what your plate should look like during mealtimes? This is a great site that makes meal planning as easy as pie

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Websites
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/index.html This site gives you information about when certain fruits and vegetables are in season

http://www.justfood.org/csa/   This site gives you information about how you join a CSA near work or home to subscribe for a season of local fruits and vegetable deliveries from a local farmer.

Smart Shopping
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/parents/shop-smart.asp This website tells you all about what to look for when you are at the grocery story

Vegetarian Resources
http://www.vrg.org/ This site is great for vegetarians who want to learn about having a healthy diet. There is even a link for vegetarians who are diabetic

Meal Planning
http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/menuplanner/menu.cgi This site helps you analyze what you eat. You can plug in the foods that you eat to see how many calories, grams of fat, and grams of carbohydrate there are in your meals

Healthy Recipes
http://www.phytopia.com/index.htm This website contains recipes from all different categories, including vegetarian

Want to know how you can make eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day easier…just click on http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/5ADay/recipes/index.htm to get healthy and tasty recipes!

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/other/syah/ offers recipes that are delicious and good for your heart

Health and Disease

Heart Disease
http://nhlbisupport.com/chd1/chdexp.htm This site tells you everything you need to know about heart disease

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/heart/latino/latin_pg.htm This site is in Spanish and gives information about heart disease

At this site, you can assess your risk of developing heart disease http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/atpiii/calculator.asp?usertype=pub

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/index.html This site teaches you what you need to know about blood pressure, including preventing high blood pressure and what you should know if you have high blood pressure

http://www.diabetes.org/about-diabetes.jsp This is the official website for the American Diabetes Association. Here you can find many resources to help manage your diabetes such as getting tips on food shopping, eating out, meal planning, and exercising

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Hbc/HBC_WhatIs.html Learn more about cholesterol at this site. Find out what cholesterol levels are healthy for you, how you can prevent high cholesterol, and what to do if you have high cholesterol.

http://nhlbisupport.com/chd1/tlc_lifestyles.htm This site is “must see” for all who have high cholesterol levels. Here you can learn the simple changes you can make in your lifestyle to reduce you cholesterol level

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/default.asp This is a great site where you can find out information about osteoporosis, what causes it, and how you can prevent it. This site also provides information in Spanish

http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics Get useful information about cancer at this site, such as different types of cancers, treatment options and support services

Exercise and Fitness

http://www.acsm.org/health%2Bfitness/activeaging.htm This site offers great information about how you can exercise safely and properly

http://www.acsm.org/pdf/Guidelines.pdf Here are some exercise guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine that you should follow when it comes to exercising

http://www.fitness.gov/resources_factsheet.htm This site offers you some facts and statistics about how much exercise Americans should be getting, and how much they really are getting

http://nhlbisupport.com/chd1/Tipsheets/cal-physactivity.htm This site gives you a tip sheet to help you figure out how many calories you burn by performing different physical activities

General Health Information

http://www.healthfinder.gov/justforyou/ This site offers links about health information for specific populations, including different age groups and ethnicities

http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/325/28911/328887.html?d=dmtContent This site gives you general information about living a healthy lifestyle

Weight Management and Obesity

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Family/obesity/whatis.html This site gives you important information about obesity, including the definition of obesity, the risks associated with obesity, and how you can determine your risk of becoming obese

http://www.shapeup.org/bodylab/frmst.html This site teaches you what you need to know about the risks associated with increased body fat

http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) at this site

Women’s Nutrition and Health

http://www.4woman.gov/heart/ This site offers reliable health information for women everywhere. Topics that you can find more information on include heart disease among women, menopause and women’s health, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/index.htm Here you can learn more about what can be done to stop heart disease among women. You can also click on the “En Espanol” link to read the information in Spanish.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/press/nhlbi_04_age_fact.pdf This site gives details for women of all ages about how they can prevent heart disease

http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1152.asp This site is for women who are pregnant or will become pregnant

Nutrition and Health for Children

http://www.kidnetic.com/ This is a great site for children where they can learn about healthy eating and becoming more physically active. This site offers many interactive games that make learning fun for everyone in the family.

http://kidshealth.org/ This site is a “must see” for everyone in the family. It offers links about health, nutrition and exercise for young kids, teens, and parents. It also has a link that states the information in Spanish.

http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/nutrition-main.asp This is a great website for children that makes learning about nutrition and healthy eating lots of fun!

http://www.cdc.gov/powerfulbones/ This site is fun and interactive! It teaches young girls the importance of eating foods with calcium and exercising for healthy bones

http://www.wellpoint.com/healthy_parenting/index.html This site is useful tool for parents who are concerned about their child’s weight and what can be done to help the child develop good eating habits.

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000008.html This website has links to many important topics relating to children and nutrition, such as childhood obesity and nutrition for the growth and development of children.

http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/parents/main.asp Parents should visit this website to learn more about what the whole family can do to live a healthy lifestyle.

http://www.shapeup.org/oap/entry.php Calculate your child’s BMI at this website


"Be Fit to Be'ne'Fit"
A Columbia University Medical Center & NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Initiative

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