Nutrition and Physical Activity

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5 A Day

The 5 A Day for Better Health Program raises public awareness about the importance of fruits and vegetables in disease prevention. Through its unique national public-private partnership, "5 A Day" seeks to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings each day by giving Americans a simple, positive message - eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day for better health.

Available from this site are such resources as a number of 2002 Nutritional Fact Sheets (scroll to the bottom of the linked page).

MDH Physical Activity Homepage

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TEAM Nutrition

Team Nutrition's goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid.

Available from this site are such resources as, "The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions - A Leader's Guide."

Food & Nutrition Service, Minnesota Department of Education

Food and Nutrition Service of the Minnesota Department of Education administers U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food and nutrition programs that support American agriculture and the nutrition of children and some adults. Services provided to schools, child care institutions, summer feeding agencies include:

  • Approving applications for participation in one or more of the programs
  • Assisting agencies with claiming reimbursement for meals, milk and snacks served
  • Distributing USDA donated commodity foods
  • Interpreting federal and state regulations and policies
  • Disseminating program information through newsletters, memorandums and workshops
  • Providing technical assistance through training and onsite visits
  • Promoting activities that support USDA nutrition programs

Available from this site are such resources as, "Minnesota's Changing the Scene - Make the First Move Kit" and "Changing the Scene - Now's the time to create a Healthy School Nutrition Environment."

Eat Smart Play Hard

Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM is about making America's children healthier. It's about practical suggestions that will help you motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be active. The Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM Campaign messages and materials are fun for children and informative for caregivers. To make your job easier, we have kid-tested the messages and based them on the Food Guide Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Dairy Council

As a leader in nutrition research since 1915, the National Dairy Council® is dedicated to providing timely, scientifically sound nutrition information on the health benefits of milk, cheese and yogurt.

Weight Control Information Network

The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity

CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The scope of DNPA activities includes epidemiological and behavioral research, surveillance, training and education, intervention development, health promotion and leadership, policy and environmental change, communication and social marketing, and partnership development.

5 A Day - National Cancer Institute

The 5 A Day for Better Health Program is a national initiative to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by all Americans to 5 to 9 servings a day. Eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day will promote good health and reduce the risk of many cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic diseases.

CDC's Physical Activity and Health Report

The Physical Activity and Health Report brings together, for the first time, what has been learned about physical activity and health from decades of research

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports - You're it. Get fit!

www.fitness.gov is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. You can find out about the Council and its work, view our publications, and link to the resources of other government agencies as well as to health and fitness organizations.