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fitness and nutrition


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The fitness and nutrition booklet discusses the importance of good health habits such as eating right and exercising. It summarizes the consequences of poor nutrition and the lack of exercise, including fatigue, decreased immunity, and major illness. The book also discusses what can block good health, such as genetics and inadequate health care, and what people can do to stay healthy.

This e-book is scheduled for publication in spring 2006.

Additional resources on fitness and nutrition are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

Active at Any Size
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how a heavy person can start exercising and which exercises are best for him or her.

Asthma and Physical Activity at School
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Explains how to help children with asthma exercise during the school day.

Barriers to Fitness: Overcoming common problems

Mayo Clinic

Offers ways to start and keep exercising.

Be Heart Smart! Eat Foods Lower in Saturated Fats
National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute
Explains the importance to your heart of eating foods that are low in saturated fats.

Binge Eating Disorders
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains what binge eating disorders are and how people who suffer from them can be helped.

Body and Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living

National Cancer Institute

Empowers African American churchgoers to eat better.

Body Composition Tests
American Heart Association
Tells how to find your body-mass index and your waist-to-hip ratio to determine if you are overweight or obese.

Catch the Ball
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Encourages women and girls to get involved in sports and exercise.

Children and the Need for Physical Activity: Fact Sheet
American Heart Association
Explains why kids need to exercise.

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to choose a healthy diet or weight-loss program.

Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste! ¡Reduzca la grasa—no el sabor!
National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual – English and Spanish. Explains how to eat more healthily without losing flavor.

Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains the health risks of being overweight and how to reduce them.

Embrace Your Health! Lose Weight if You Are Overweight
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives tips for losing weight, including telling you what the serving size of many foods is. Aimed at African Americans.

Empower Yourself! Learn Your Cholesterol Number
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Discusses the importance of knowing your cholesterol levels.

Energize Yourself and Your Family
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Offers tips on how to get moving, prepare healthy, tasty meals, and eat right on the go. Aimed especially at African American women.

Energize Yourself! Stay Physically Active
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Offers ways to make exercise fun. Includes an exercise log. Aimed at African Americans.

Energizing Tips for a Healthier Family
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Offers tips for getting the whole family involved in living a more healthy lifestyle.

Exercise: A Healthy Habit to Start and Keep
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers basic questions about how to start and maintain an exercise plan.

Exercise and Weight Control
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Talks about exercising to lose or control weight.

Exercise and Your Heart
American Heart Association
Answers many questions about exercise and its effect on heart disease as well as how to begin and maintain an exercise plan.

Exercise and Your Heart: A Guide to Physical Activity

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Answers many general questions about exercise.

Exercise: Feeling Fit for Life
National Institute on Aging
Gives tips for older adults on getting enough exercise on a regular basis.

Exercise: How to Get Started
American Academy of Family Physicians
Explains how to start exercising.

Fitness Fundamentals: Guidelines for Personal Exercise Programs
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Tells you what you should know before you start exercising.

Fitness on a Budget: Low-cost ideas for getting in shape
Mayo Clinic

Gives inexpensive ways to exercise.

Fitness Myths: Separate fact from fiction

Mayo Clinic

Gives you the truth about exercise.

Get Fit!: A Handbook for Youth Ages 6-17
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Provides general information to children and teens for starting an exercise program.

Heart-Healthy Home Cooking: African American Style
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives healthier recipes for favorite soul foods.

Helping Your Child
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Answers parents’ questions about how to help their children eat well and exercise.

Helping Your Overweight Child
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Answers parents’ questions about how to help their overweight child lose weight.

Just Enough for You: About Food Portions
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to measure food portions for different types of food.

Keep active – Safe at Any Age
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Helps older adults learn to exercise safely.

Kids in Action: Fitness for Children
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Gives illustrated guide to making exercise fun for young children.

Men Eat 9 a Day

National Cancer Institute

Tells African American men how and why to eat 9 servings of fruits and veggies a day.

Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
United States Department of Agriculture
Gives ten suggestions for living a more healthy life.

Nutrition for Fitness
American Heart Association
Gives suggestions for how to eat for better health.

Nutrition: Tips for Improving Your Health
American Academy of Family Physicians
Offers suggestions for how to eat better.

The Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Offers realistic tips on becoming more active and adding exercise to your life.

An Ounce of Prevention: A Guide to Heart Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Offers tips for making changes in your life that will protect your heart.

Pep Up Your Life: Exercise: The Key to the Good Life
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives illustrated guides to safe exercises for older adults.

Physical Activity and Health: Adolescents and Young Adults
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives young adults tips for exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Adults
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives tips for exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Older Adults
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives senior citizens tips about exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Persons with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives disabled people tips about exercising.

Physical Activity and Health: Women
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gives women tips about exercising.

Physical Activity and Weight Control
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains the benefits of exercise for weight loss and control.

Physical Activity: Calorie Use Chart
American Heart Association
Tells you how many calories you burn doing different types of exercise.

Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
American Heart Association
Gives easy-to-follow suggestions to add short bursts of physical activity to your day.

Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals
United States Department of Agriculture
Gives recipes and shopping lists for two weeks worth of healthy, affordable meals.

Spice Up Your Life! Eat Less Salt and Sodium
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Explains how to eat less salt in your diet.

Stay Active and Feel Better! ¡Manténgase activo y siéntase bien!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Tells you how to exercise more.

Take Charge of Your Health: A Teenager’s Guide to Better Health
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Tells teens how to take health care into their own hands.

Ten Tips to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for You
President’s Council on Physical Fitness
Gives tips for how to live a healthy life. Aimed at children and teens.

Walking: A Step in the Right Direction
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to start a walking exercise plan.

Watch Your Weight! ¡Cuide su peso!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Explains how to eat better and exercise more to control your weight.

Weight-Loss and Nutrition Myths
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Tells the myths and facts about losing weight and eating a healthy diet.

Weight Loss for Life
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to lose weight and keep it off.

Where Do Your Favorite Foods Fit?
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Shows you how to fit your favorite foods into a healthy diet.

You Can Control Your Weight as You Quit Smoking
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Explains how to quit smoking without gaining weight.

Recursos En Español

Cómo alimentarse y mantenerse activo durante toda la vida
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Answers parents’ questions about how to help their children eat well and exercise.

Controlando su Peso: Bajando de peso y manteniendo su nuevo peso American Academy of Family Physicians
Explains how to lose weight and keep it off.

¡Cuide su peso! Watch Your Weight!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Explains how to eat better and exercise more to control your weight.

Ejercicio: Cómo empezar
American Academy of Family Physicians
Explains how to start exercising.

Ejercicio: Un hábito saludable para empezar y mantener
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers basic questions about how to start and maintain an exercise plan.

Guía para entender y aprender a utilizar las tablas de datos de nutrición en las etiquetas de alimentos
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Explains how to read the nutrition label on store-bought foods.

¡Manténgase activo y siéntase bien! Stay Active and Feel Better!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual –English-Spanish. Tells you how to exercise more.

Más Vale Preventir Lamentar: Una guía para la salud del corazón
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Offers tips for making changes in your life that will protect your heart.

Pierda peso sin riesgo para la salud
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Explains how to safely lose weight.

Platillos Latinos ¡Sabrosos y saludables!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives healthier recipes for favorite Latino foods.

¡Reduzca la grasa—no el sabor! Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste!
National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual – English and Spanish. Explains how to eat more healthily without losing flavor.


 

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