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What’s Cooking: USDA Mixing Bowl Resource

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a resource with recipes for healthy meal preparation, including large quantity recipes and a Spanish version. Tools include “My Cookbook” so you can create and print your own cookbook and coming soon, a Menu Builder, which allows users to build healthy menus and get a shopping list.

Surgeon Ratings

Choosing the best surgeon can reduce the chances of death, complications or other bad outcomes. This site lists surgeons Checkbook has identified as having better-than-average outcomes based on analysis of more than four million surgeries done for hospital inpatients by more than 50,000 surgeons. This is a non-profit organization that takes no advertising or payments from businesses or professionals evaluated.

NIH Body Weight Planner Added to USDA SuperTracker Food and Activity Tool

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add the NIH Body Weight Planner to the USDA’s SuperTracker online tool as a goal-setting resource to help people achieve and stay at a healthy weight. The SuperTracker tool empowers people to build a healthier diet, manage weight, and reduce risk of chronic disease.

What Works: Evidence-Based Interventions for Your Community

The Community Preventive Services Task Force,  established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  identifies population health interventions that are scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans, and improve quality of life. What Works fact sheets are colorful, easy-to-read summaries of the task force findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based. Each fact sheet has two separate pieces: a bi-fold brochure about the topic, and an insert that lists the Task Force findings on that topic. For more information see:

Chartbook on Healthy Living

This Healthy Living chartbook from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living. Information on Maternal and Child Health, Lifestyle Modification, and Clinical Preventive Services is included. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.

Medicaid Reimbursement Toolkit for Health Education

Education is an important part of preventing chronic disease and improving health outcomes. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has released a new toolkit, entitled Advocating for Health Education Reimbursement in Medicaid State Plans, which can be used to help prepare a state Medicaid plan amendment to request reimbursement for preventive services provided by health education specialists. The toolkit includes fact sheets, examples, and instructions for how health education specialists can work with local partners for a state plan to obtain reimbursement for prevention services. Access the toolkit here:

How to Find Farmers Markets in Your Area

Why shop at a farmers market? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of buying fresh, nutritious, delicious and locally grown foods. Hear a registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!

To find a farmers market in your area search the Farmers Markets Directory Search from the USDA. Some markets are able to take SNAP & WIC benefits for payment.

Food Safety While Camping

Summer is a time many people spend outdoors camping. It is important to consider the safety of the food that you take with you. Check out for tips to keep you safe.

Patient in the Hospital? Know What You Are Eating During Your Stay

From the Patient Safety Authority Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

As a result of a study that analyzed 285 dietary errors from Jan 2009 to June 2014, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has developed this tip sheet for patients and their care givers to help prevent a diet error. Meals delivered to patients who were allergic to a food item on the tray were the most frequently reported type of event (181), with serious harm reported in eight events.

What You Can Do as a Patient to Help Prevent a Diet Error

NIH Feedback: Precision Medicine Initiative

President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative on January 30, 2015. Precision medicine is an emerging approach in which disease treatment and prevention is developed to account for differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles. The Initiative aims to generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice. More about this bold initiative can be found on the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative website. NIH is gathering input from the general public, scientists, industry, and other stakeholders through various mechanisms as it plans the development of the Precision Medicine Initiative and the formation of the national research cohort. NIH is using this feedback site to share some of the considerations and welcome you to share your thoughts. New topics for feedback will post approximately every three to four weeks through the end of August 2015. Want to participate? Click here.   To learn more about Precision Medicine go to