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Nutrition & Wellness

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Health Assessment

Body Mass Index Calculator
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BMI calculators for adults, children and teens.

High Blood Pressure Risk Calculator
If you know your blood pressure readings this online calculator presented by the AHA will alert you to potential health risks and the lifestyle changes that may lower your blood pressure and reduce health risks. 

Lab Tests Online
A public resource on clinical lab testing from laboratory professionals. Includes information on tests, conditions, diseases, and screening.  

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Nutrition & Meal Planning 

Centers for Science in the Public Interests (CSPI)
Great site for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science.

Food Additives
From CSPI an alphabetical listing of food additives, their uses and safety assessments.

Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source
The Healthy Eating Plate with guidelines, tips, and recipes to help make the best eating choices.

Taking a Closer Look at Labels
From the American Diabetes Association explaining calories, carbs, sugar alcohols along with other nutrients listed on the Nutrition Facts label to help make wise food choices.

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Healthy Recipes Center
From the Mayo Clinic, find hundreds of healthy recipes, including low-fat recipes, low-sodium recipes and heart-healthy recipes.

Healthy Recipes from
SparkRecipes provides healthy and delicious recipes for you and your family.

Recipes from the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is proud to offer a variety of nutritional and delicious recipes.

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Fitness & Exercise

SparkPeople's Online Workout Videos
Watch videos online or get a copy in a printable version. 

Strength Training: How-to Video Collection
Mayo Clinic's online library of strength training videos using body weight, free weights, resistance bands and weight machines.

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Nutrition & Fitness Trackers

CalorieCount free app by About, Inc.
Calorie counter for iPhone or iPad featuring voice logging in of foods, bar code scanner and nutritional pros and cons.

Consumer and Lifestyle App Reviews
Reviews by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for free apps on weight management, diabetes, and gluten-free foods.  

FitDay by Internet Brands
This website is not only calorie counter, but also tracks vitamin and mineral intake along with an activity and exercise log.  

Search, browse or scan in food with product’s barcode to see nutrition facts, grade, things to know about the food and better choices.  

LoseIt by FitNow 
A basic food log primarily for weight loss but will also keep track of carbs, protein, fats, and sodium.

Counts calories in and calories burned per type of exercise, along with carbs, protein, fat, fiber and sodium.

This website offers food and fitness trackers, recipes, articles and videos to help people lead healthier lives.  

SuperTracker (
Online tools for developing a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan. Also includes information for adults, children, pregnant and breast feeding women. 

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Prescription Drugs, OTC Medications & Dietary Supplements

Dietary Ingredients Alphabetical List
Information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

Drug Information Portal
Quick access to quality drug information from the National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinics Herb, Vitamin and Other Supplements Database
Information about prescription and OTC drugs, herbs, supplements and vitamins.

MedlinePlusDrugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.

National Library of Medicine Environmental Health and Toxicology

Resources on herbs, supplements, vitamins and minerals.

Office of Dietary Supplements
Provides an overview of individual vitamins, minerals, and other dieteary supplements from the National Institutes of Health. Quick Facts available in Spanish; Información en español.

Pill Box 
How to identify and unknown pill based on color, shape, and size from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of health.

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Resources for Parents

About BMI for Children & Teens
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Child Development Tracker
Information on the stages of development from age 1 through 8 from PBS Parents.

Dining Out Guide for Expecting Mothers
Baby Fit by SparkPeople.

Stages of Pregnancy
The Office on Women’s Health offers diagrams and information about body changes and your baby’s monthly development throughout your pregnancy.

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All About Diabetes

Information about the different types of diabetes, symptoms, prevention, recent diagnosis, frequent myths and more.   

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 risk test from the American Diabetes Association.

Blood Glucose Control
Resources from the American Diabetes Association on checking your blood sugar, hypoglycemia, and other information on controlling blood glucose.

Prevent Diabetes
From the CDC, links to information on ways to help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

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Heart Health

About Cholesterol
Learn the facts about cholesterol.

AHA Test Your Blood Pressure IQ
Take this quiz to find out what you know, or don’t know, about blood pressure.

CardioSmart is a consumer information service of the American College of Cardiology Foundation.

Dash Diet for Lowering Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s guide including meal plans and recipes.

Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease
Eight strategies from the Mayo Clinic to kick-start your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

Heart Healthy Quizzes
AHA offers quizzes to assess your knowledge and health risks on a variety of topics.

Know Your Fats
Knowing which fats raise LDL cholesterol and which ones don't is the first step in lowering your risk of heart disease. 

Metobolic Syndrome
AHA explanation of metabolic syndrome with prevention and treatment strategies.

Mediterranean Diet
Mayo Clinic’s explanation of the Mediterranean diet for heart health.

NIH Risk Assessment Tool
This tool uses information from the Framingham Heart Study to predict a person’s chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years.

Oldways Mediterranean Foods Alliance
Oldways was founded in 1990 to guide people to health through heritage. This site discusses the science behind the Mediterranean Diet’s health benefits, how to shop and eat the Mediterranean-style.

Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol
Learn about ways to reduce or maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

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Tobacco Use Cessation

Smoking and Tobacco Use
Basic information, data and statistics, publications and more on the health effects of smoking and tobacco use. From the Office on Smoking and Health/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stop Smoking
Resources to assist with quitting from the American Lung Association. 
Materials to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.

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Stress & Relaxation

Stress and Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to calm the mind and body.

Breath2Relax free app
A stress management tool to help with breathing exercises which has the potential to reduce stress and anxiety.

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Reviewed: March 2016

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