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Nutritional Online Resources For Kids

Smart Mouth is an interactive Web site sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). IT provides nutritional information and various activities for kids. Visit Smart Mouth at http://www.cspinet.org/smartmouth/.

Bam!, a Web site sponsored by the CDC, promotes strong bodies and minds in “tweens” and includes nutritional information. Ask students to visit the site at http://www.bam.gov/.

The Kidnetic Web site is geared to kids between nine and twelve years old. It promotes healthy eating and active living. This fun and interactive site is sponsored by the International Food Information Council, in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Dietetic Association, and National Recreation and Parks Association. Ask students to visit http://www.kidnetic.com/.

This link, by the National Institutes of Health, addresses weight management for teens and includes information on the food pyramid, serving sizes, and general nutrition. It also provides links to additional resources. Teens may access this resource by visiting http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/take_charge.htm.

Nutrition Café, is sponsored by the Pacific Science Center and Washington State Dairy Council, offers nutritional information through a variety of games for kids. Students can start playing and start learning by accessing the site at http://exhibits.pacsci.org/nutrition/.

Girl Power, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides general health information to girls ages nine to thirteen. Get Body Wise, is a specific link for girls on nutrition, eating correctly, body image and eating disorders. Girls my access this specific nutritional link by visiting http://www.girlpower.gov/girlarea/bodywise/index.htm.

4GirlsHealth, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on current health information for girls ages 10-16.
Special links addressing nutrition include Fit For Life and You Are What You Eat. This site (found at http://www.girlshealth.gov/index.htm) helps girls understand that being fit means having a strong and healthy body. Both this site and GirlPower discuss the dangers of dieting.

PowerfulBones, is an interactive Web site for girls sponsored by the CDC. Visit Powerful Girls have Powerful Bones at http://www.cdc.gov/powerfulbones.

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library provides a thorough list of resources on child and adolescent nutrition. This site offers links to nutritional information found on Web sites, in electronic publications, newsletters, databases and journal articles. If you want “one-stop shopping” for nutritional information, this is the place! Access this site at http://mchlibrary.info/knowledgepaths/kp_childnutr.html.

Heart Power, sponsored by The American Heart Association, includes useful classroom information on cardiovascular health issues. Free nutritional information is available by clicking on “Lesson Ideas and Activities” and “Teacher Resources” from the main page. Activities are offered for Pre K – 8th grade (and in Spanish for Pre K - 1st grade). Visit this course at http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3003357.

The Food and Nutrition Information Center, part of the USDA, offers Food and Nutrition Resources for Teachers. Teaching materials are available for loan and include food models, games, kids, videocassettes, and lesson plans. Textbooks and other resources offer ideas for training staff. For more information, visit http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/educators.html.

The Fast Food Nutrition Fact Explorer provides information on fast food as well as dietary guidelines and recommendations. Visit this site at http://www.fatcalories.com/links.cfm.

Sign up for the free online newsletter, Nutrition and Your Child, and view back issues in PDF format at http://www.bcm.tmc.edu/cnrc/consumer/nyc/nyc.htm.

Nutrition Explorations, provided by the National Dairy Council, offers nutritional resources for educators, parents, and kids. Educators will find helpful curriculum resources and may sign-up for periodic updates through e-mail. Access this resource by visiting http://www.nutritionexplorations.org.

PBS Teacher Source offers curriculum guidelines on nutrition. For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/health.

Team Nutrition, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides resources specifically for schools. Visit this site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn.

The Child Nutrition Homepage, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides child nutrition program resources. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Default.htm.

5 A Day The Color Way, is a national campaign from The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), a non-profit consumer education foundation whose mission is to be the catalyst for creating a healthier America through increased consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables. The 5 A Day for Better Health Program is the nation’s largest public-private nutrition education initiative with 5 A Day coordinators in each state, territory, and the military. Visit the 5 A Day Web site at http://www.5aday.com/index.php. To more effectively meet your needs, PBH has developed a new health initiative, Fruits and Vegetables – More Matters™. This program builds on the momentum that 5 A Day created, taking it to the next level by encouraging families to eat more fruits and veggies at every eating occasion.
Take advantage of the free downloadable activity, coloring, and recipe pages found at the kids’ link: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=6.

The Harris Center, formerly the Harvard Eating Disorders Center, is an unincorporated operating division of the Harvard Medical School.  This interdisciplinary community of scholars is dedicated to cutting-edge research, education, and public discourse in the field of eating disorders. Visit the Center’s Web page (at http://www.harriscentermgh.org) for fact sheets, handouts, and resources for eating disorders.

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