NNLM Reading Club: Nutrition Health
Good nutrition, combined with physical activity, can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote your overall health.
MedlinePlus is a good starting point for finding trustworthy health information.
- DASH Eating Plan for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
- Digestive System Topics
- Food and Nutrition
- Healthy Recipes
- 20 Health Tips for 2020
- Cut Down on Added Sugars
- Quick Tips for Reading the Nutrition Facts Label
- Serving Size in English and Spanish
- Smart Tips for Getting Nutrients That May Be Lacking
- Smart Tips to Build A Healthy Salad
- Your Guide to Eating Well
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National Nutrition Month®, recognized each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits, and raising awareness of food insecurity. Use one of the suggested program kits to incorporate programming ideas such as a healthy recipe exchange or a speaker program for eating well if you are diabetic.
- NNLM National Health Observances Toolkit: March - Nutrition Month
- National Nutrition Month® Campaign Toolkit
- Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops
- Bits and Bytes: A Guide to Digitally Tracking Your Food, Fitness, and Health
- FNEP Food Label Cards Teach how to read food labels. Each non-branded color food label card contains a Nutrition Facts label, a photo of a typical food package, and an ingredient list. The food label cards are printed on 8 ½ x 11 card stock and are are appropriate for youth and adults.
Because Knowledge is the Key Ingredient in Nutrition Graphics for print, web, or social media. Printer-friendly poster (11"X17") with room for library logo PDF | Bookmarks PDF | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Ask a Dietitian
Invite a local dietitian to offer a nutrition health program whether it is how to read food labels, calculate your BMI, or prepare healthy meals. Public health departments and supermarkets often have registered dietitians available to provide cooking and food-related programs for all ages. Also, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist online referral service allows you to search a national database of Academy members for the exclusive purpose of finding a qualified registered dietitian nutritionist or food and nutrition practitioner.
Screen a Film
Food, Inc., an Oscar-nominated documentary, is considered "the definitive cinematic investigation of the modern American food industry." This 2008 film connects the dots between big business and government, farmers and consumers, convenience eating and sickness.
Nourish, a series of short PBS films, can spark a meaningful conversation about food, health, and sustainability. The DVD set comes with a curriculum and a Nourish Discussion Guide.
Plant a Seed
Create a library seed exchange program or cultivate your own edible garden with the help of community friends and partners such as County Cooperative Extension Services or a Master Gardener program. Perhaps host a local farmer's market, organize a food pantry, or sponsor a lunch program.
- Whyville Snack Shack is an interactive educational game created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To play, point your library browser to http://whyville.net/smmk/top/gates/flax.
- For young and old, download and print the Make Smart Choices! Nutrition Label Word Search puzzle in English and Spanish.
- Order EatRight.org Bite-to-Bite stickers in support of National Nutrition Month®.
Library Skills Training
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition and be sure to look at the NNLM Nutrition Information Resources guide for more authoritative materials.