Health and Nutrition
Diet and Nutrition
• Food Preservation
• Food Safety
• Smart Nutrition Active
People-Education (SNAP-Ed) • Health and Fitness
• Health Organizations/Agencies
• Complimentary and Alternative Medicine/Quackery
• Arkansas-Specific Related Websites
Diet and Nutrition
BMI State, District and School Reports - State, school and
district reports of the Arkansas public schools who participated
in the statewide body mass index (BMI) assessments.
The Food and
Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is one of several information centers at
the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the United States Department of
Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). You can access all of
FNIC's resource lists, databases, and many other food and nutrition related
links from this award winning site.
expanded coverage - Provides information on Medicare coverage of controlling
a new federal resource, provides easy access to all online federal government
information on nutrition. This national resource makes obtaining government
information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety,
easily accessible in one place for many Americans. Providing accurate scientific
information on nutrition and dietary guidance is critical to the public's
ability to make the right choices in the effort to curb obesity and other food
related diseases in launching this new website.
The Food, Nutrition,
and Consumer Services ensures access to nutritious, healthful diets for all
Americans. Through food assistance and nutrition education for consumers, FNCS
encourages consumers to make healthful food choices. Today, rather than simply
providing food, FNCS works to empower consumers with knowledge of the link
between diet and health, providing dietary guidance based on research.
Dakota State University has links to resources and activities for
parents/caregivers, educators, teens and children. The website also contains a
variety of information related to food and nutrition.
- The International Food
Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is the educational arm of the
International Food Information Council (IFIC). IFIC's mission is to communicate
science-based information on food safety and nutrition to health and nutrition
professionals, educators, journalists, government officials and others providing
information to consumers. IFIC is supported primarily by the broad-based food,
beverage and agricultural industries.
School Meals Training Materials Database is produced by the Healthy School
Meals Resource System (HSMRS), which was developed as a component of Team
Nutrition to implement the School Meals Initiative. The HSMRS Database is a
compilation of training and education materials for school food service, child
nutrition personnel and educators. Materials in the database, including
curricula, kits, manuals and videos, are reviewed for their content.
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service Children's Nutrition Research Center
(CNRC) at Baylor College of Medicine is committed to increasing consumer
awareness of the impact of childhood nutrition on health and life-long well-being
and the medical and scientific contributions of center scientists.
Wellness Ways Resource Book - A University of Illinois
Extension web site with lots of great materials to teach
nutrition and healthy lifestyles. One of the features of the
web wite is a Pictorial Recipe builder designed to allow the
user to create their own picture recipes.
Air Quality: Indoor and Outdoor
Chemical & Toxicological Information
Children's Environmental Health Concerns
Health Care Without Harm -
As part of a global initiative to
reduce the use and spread of
mercury in all aspects of
society, Health Care Without
Harm is leading the effort to
eliminate mercury from the
health care sector.
Homes Webtool Healthy Homes Webtool. Created by the University of Wisconsin
at Madison, this is an excellent source of home safety information with emphasis
on children. The Webtool addresses indoor environmental dangers as well as
pesticide and household product safety.
and National Strategies for Health Care Providers -
Health Care Initiative. USEPA
and Management for Pesticide Poisonings, 5th Edition.
USEPA. 1999. Available in English or Spanish. For 5 or fewer copies call:
703-305-7666; larger orders - call 1-800-490-9198. Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings, published by EPA's Office
of Pesticide Programs and is edited by Dr. Routt Reigart and Dr. James Roberts.
The manual is in an easy-to-use format that covers approximately 1,500 pesticide
products with 19 chapters that cover toxicology, signs and symptoms of
poisoning, and treatments.
- Extension Toxicology Network. Provides science-based
information to health care providers treating pesticide-related health concerns.
Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. Includes a new
safety standard - reasonable certainty of no harm - that must be applied to all
pesticides used on foods.
Health Practioner's Education
Additional Resource Material
FoodSafety.gov is a
gateway website that provides links to selected government food safety-related
information. Not every government web site is listed. When more than one
government web site provides similar information, links will be provided to only
one or two of those sites.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a public health agency in the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, protects consumers by ensuring that meat and
poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled.
- Got questions about food safety?
"Consumer Advice" page You will learn the best way to clean
kitchen counters, whether "slow cooking" is safe, why some people
shouldn't eat raw oysters, and how to best handle take-home foods and leftovers.
The site also contains useful information about dietary supplements, food
labeling, cosmetics, weight loss, women's health, food irradiation, and
Food Safety Research
Information Office - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web sit is aimed
at providing a database of food safety research projects to the research
community and the general public. The Web site provides detailed information on
food safety research projects, spending, and accomplishments by U.S. Federal
agencies, along with links to other important food safety research information.
Frequently Asked Questions for
Smart Nutrition Active People-Education (SNAP-Ed)
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement - This site provides, among other
things, Arkansas-specific data available for use in addressing the state’s
health policy needs. Include is the Obesity and School BMI Initiative data.
Department of Education Child Nutrition Unit - Information on Healthy School
Initiative with information on nutrition standards and school wellness policies.
Arkansas Diabetes and Control Program Surveillance - The Arkansas Diabetes
and Control Program (ADCP) Surveillance is funded by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to reduce and prevent the burden of diabetes in Arkansas.
Arkansas Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program - The
Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Arkansas 2004 - PDF - Information on
Arkansas’ cardiovascular disease burden is compiled every other year for
Cardiovascular Task Force partners and others committed to improving
cardiovascular health for the citizens of our state.
The Arkansas Hunger
Alliance - supports a web site with a list of
Food pantries around the state.
Arkansas' Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) - Food, nutrition education or counseling, and access to health
services for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and
children to age 5.
FNS Research, Studies and Evaluations - Food and Nutrition Service - USDA -
descriptions of studies, research, and evaluation of projects and related
activities that respond to the needs of policy makers and managers and help
ensure that nutrition assistance programs achieve their goals effectively
Arkansas - Website provides strategies to reduce and/or eliminate the three
primary behavior-related causes of chronic diseases with information on
nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation.
How to Get Food Help (PDF) - A link to information from the
USDA about who qualifies for all their food assistance programs.
MyPyramid.gov - your access point for the USDA food guidance system. This
web site contains the latest news, background information, and resources about
the food guidance system.. Along with the new MyPyramid symbol, the system
provides many options to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be
active every day.
ChooseMyPlate.gov for Kids – web site with materials designed specifically for
children ages 6 to 11. Includes interactive computer game, posters, tips for
families, coloring page, worksheets, and classroom lessons/materials for grades
Service directory page of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human
Services providing contact information for the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (PDF)
SNAP-Ed - The Web pages: facilitate
communication between state, regional, and national staff within
the Land-Grant University System and among ASNNA members;
enhance program design, implementation, and evaluation of
support staff development and training; strengthen the link
between research and practice; provide access to reports
produced by CSREES/Extension/land-grant universities and ASNNA;
give timely updates on SNAP-Ed-related issues; and, share
proceedings from conferences and meetings involving CSREES and
land grant university SNAP-Ed representatives.
Nutrition Action Plan (SNAP) - a plan for working together to strengthen
collaboration on nutrition education and promotion efforts among program
cooperators in the state.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Tools and Maps Online – Economic Research
Service – USDA publishes research and briefs on the food stamp program. Site
also includes an interactive web-based mapping utility that illustrates program
participation and benefit levels down to the county level.
USDA Core Nutrition Messages - Use these resources as part
of nutrition education to help increase consumption of whole
grains, fat-free and low-fat (1% fat or less) milk, and fruits
and vegetables, and encourage child feeding practices that
foster healthy eating habits.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service website providing link to nutrition
Health and Fitness
Governor's Council on Fitness website serves as a source to access
information regarding physical activity. The website provides convenient and
up-to-date statistics, technical assistance, resources, and the latest findings
in the promotion of physical activity.
Asthma and Schools - This is a
new site funded by a grant from CDC. The National Education Association Health
Information Network is pleased to announce the launch of its Asthma and Schools
website! We invite you to visit
and Schools - a website linking teachers, administrators and education
support professionals with resources and information on asthma.
- The Asthma and Schools website includes these features:
- Asthma Essentials-a series of short fact sheets outlining major aspects
about asthma and how to handle it at school
- Searchable Database-a comprehensive source of resources from various
asthma-oriented organizations that school staff can use in working with
students and families who experience asthma
- Glossary-a list of asthma-related terms helping you better understand
Development - Helping
Babies and Toddlers Grow - Brain Development provides information on how the
brain develops, within the context of relationships, from conception through age
three. Includes sections for parents, care givers, pediatric and family
Healthy Homes Webtool. Created by the University of Wisconsin at Madison,
this is an excellent source of home safety information with emphasis on
children. The Webtool addresses indoor environmental dangers as well as
pesticide and household product safety.
Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization that
exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States
through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles and by
the fostering and supporting of Governor's and State Councils on physical
fitness and sports in every state and U.S. territory.
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases
The President's Council on
Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) serves as a catalyst to promote,
encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and
participate in sports. Assisted by elements of the U.S. Public Health Service,
the PCPFS advises the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services
on how to encourage more Americans to be physically fit and active.
American Academy of Dermatology
The American Cancer Society
(ACS) is a nationwide, community- based voluntary health organization. The
American Cancer Society's web site includes an interactive cancer resource
center containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. Through the
resource center, visitors can order American Cancer Society publications, gain
access to recent news articles, and find additional on- and off-line resources.
Other useful sections on the web site include a directory of medical resources,
links to other sites organized by cancer type or topic, resources for media
representatives, and information on the Society's research grants program,
advocacy efforts, and special events.
The American Diabetes
Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing
diabetes research, information and advocacy. The mission of the organization is
to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by
diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds
research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services
to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the
The American Heart
Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce
disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The website
provides current information on research, education and advocacy.
The National Osteoporosis
Foundation (NOF) is the leading nonprofit, voluntary health organization
dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in order to reduce the widespread
prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures, while working to find a
cure for the disease through programs of research, education and advocacy.
The American Institute for
Cancer Research (AICR) is the nation's third largest cancer charity and a
pioneer in the area of diet and nutrition as they relate to the prevention and
treatment of cancer. AICR has helped encourage innovative research related to
diet, nutrition and the prevention and treatment of cancer, while also serving
as one of the country's leading sources for educational programs for cancer
The American Council on
Science and Health, Inc. (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned
with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle,
the environment and health. ACSH is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt
organization. ACSH produces a wide range of publications including peer-reviewed
reports on important health and environmental topics.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting
the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible
information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong
partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying
disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and
education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United
States. CDC, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of
Health and Human Services.
Health Environmental Coalition
The Department of Health
and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for
protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services,
especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department
includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities.
Eating Disorders Awareness and
Prevention, Inc. (EDAP), is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to
the elimination of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction through prevention
efforts, education, referral and support services, advocacy, training, and
research. Founded in 1987, EDAP has grown to become our nation's largest
nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and awareness of
Caregiver Alliance -
This national organization provides resources to help those who care for
disabled or frail elders. Includes information on managing Alzheimer's
disease, tax issues, work and eldercare, an online support group, and much more.
Has significant content on elder abuse and its prevention.
FDA website provides up-to-date,
authoritative information on food, cosmetics, human and animal drugs, biologics,
medical devices, and more. The site contains consumer education materials, press
releases, industry guidance, bulletins for health professionals, and other
useful documents and data from FDA's centers and offices.
www.health.gov is a
portal to the Web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and
activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal
departments and agencies. This site is coordinated by the Office of Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of
the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site contains
the annual Health Observances Calendar.
a free guide to reliable consumer health and human services information,
developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthfinder®
can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web
sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and not-for-profit
organizations that produce reliable information for the public.
maintains a national list of
nursing home inspections by state, county, and city.
WWW.NIH.GOV serves as the principal Web
site and home page for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of
the main NIH site is to: 1) provide an overview of NIH; 2) serve as a point-of-entry
to the many individual organizations make-up NIH; 3) assist users in finding
relevant information and services; and 4) highlight important items of interest
to the public and the medical research community.
Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform -
Site includes a list of all state long-term care ombudsmen
and their contact information.
National Diabetes Education Program
- Provides information about controlling diabetes
- This site is part of the
Institutes of Health website, and provides links to all the NIH's
institutes, centers and offices, such as the National Cancer Institute, the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of
Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disorders
National Cancer Institute
The Skin Cancer Foundation
& Alternative Medicine/ Quackery
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) is dedicated to exploring complementary and
alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science; training
researchers; and disseminating authoritative information to health care
providers and the public.
Inc., a member of Consumer Federation of America,
is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds,
myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information
that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere.
The National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) is a private nonprofit,
voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and
quackery as public health problems. Our positions are based upon the principles
of science that underlie consumer protection law.
Also see our
links for Families