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Internet Resources: Knowledge Is Power: Resources to Aid in the Fight against Obesity

The obesity epidemic continues to be a major source of concern for health care providers and policymakers. Agencies at all levels have taken on the task of communicating healthy lifestyle practices to the general public, with the hopes that this knowledge will assuage the health care crisis resulting from high rates of obesity. These six sites (four for adults and two for children) can aid health sciences librarians in helping health care providers educate patients to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Overweight and Obesity
This site from the CDC provides an all-in-one resource addressing obesity at all levels of the community. In addition to strategies for combating obesity at the personal, family, and community levels, the CDC lists statewide statistics and community programs currently enacted to fight against the obesity epidemic.

Chop Chop
The philosophy behind the Chop Chop foundation is that healthy habits are formed when the entire family is involved in meal planning and preparation. The site provides a cookbook, recipes, and teaching aids that parents and educators can access when teaching their children the fundamentals of preparing a nutritious meal. Prevention & Wellness
This site divides wellness into five key topics, including general health information and information on sexual health. However, another topic addresses emotional well-being, thus taking into account that there is an emotional aspect to staying healthy besides fitness and proper nutrition.

Mayo Clinic: Healthy Lifestyle: Fitness
The Fitness Basics page on this site lists the amount of exercise recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services. Listed to the side are links for further information on types of physical training and sports nutrition. Other links of interest include more information on the Mayo Clinic diet and tips on creating a home gym and staying motivated. Be a Fit Kid
This page in the Kidshealth website focuses on practical tips that kids can implement in adopting a healthier lifestyle. Using more child-friendly language, the site lists choices such as eating a variety of foods, listening to your body to know when you are full, limiting screen time, and choosing a physical activity that you are more inclined to stick with.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
The CNPP provides dietary guidance based on scientific research and consumer needs. Some of the resources provided through the website include a SuperTracker for a personalized nutrition and physical fitness plan, dietary and nutritional guidelines, and the popular MyPlate resource.