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Computer Applications in Nutrition


Nutrition Web Sites
Online Diet Analysis Tools
Fitday Food and exercise journal.
www.fitday.com Fitday offers a reliable, user-
friendly program which is
most useful for an individual
looking for a diet analysis
and fitness tracking
program. Additionally, it
allows tracking over time.
Life Clinic My Health Record offers a
http://www.lifeclinic.com variety of health tracking
tools in addition to Nutrition
and Fitness tracking. It also
offers a Food Analyzer that
analyzes nutrition content of
individual food items, Food
and Exercise Diary for
recording and tracking your
daily meals and activities,
and a question-and-answer
service with registered
dietitians.
USDA Food Composition Data Search individual foods in
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp the most recent release of
the USDA Nutrient
Database.

MyPyramid Tracker MyPyramid tracker is based


http://www.mypyramid.gov on the 2005 Dietary
Guidelines (DG). It
calculates daily intake
compared to the DG,
MyPyramid Stats, Nutrient
Intake from food and
Nutrient Information on
Dietary Supplements. At this
time of this evaluation, the
Healthy Index portion was
under revision.
Nutrawatch This is a reliable, easy to
www.nutrawatch.com use diet analysis tool. This
tool allows the user to
change their goals for
macronutrients, fiber and
sodium.
Nutridiary Nutridiary is a very
www.nutridiary.com thorough and informative
tool that is easy to use. It
offers an abundance of
graphing and tracking
options that allow for data
to be easily visualized and
interpreted.
Nutrition Analysis Tool NAT is a simple, free diet
http://www.nat.uiuc.edu analysis tool which uses
food codes rather than food
names to display analysis,
making it less user friendly
than some other programs;
reports are also difficult to
print. The site also offers
online interactive nutrition
education, sports nutrition,
body image and basic
nutrition.
Nutrition Data Free and interactive web
http://www.nutritiondata.com site that generates nutrition
facts labels and provides
simplified nutritional
analysis for foods and
recipes. Uses reliable USDA
nutrient database, however
some tips not accurate.

Menu Planners and Recipe Sites

Interactive Menu Planner National Heart, Lung and


http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/menuplanner Blood Institute’s Interactive
site for creating meals for
1200-2000 calorie levels.
My Menus Loads of recipes which can
http://www.mymenus.com be re-sized to meet your
needs; provides nutrient
analysis of each recipe and
generates a shopping list.
Cooking Light Recipes with a lighter flare
www.cookinglight.com
Your Produce Man Current produce information ie: pricing,
www.yourproduceman.com crop damage and more. Nutrition and
food trivia. Recipes for almost any kind
of produce.
Food Network Lots of recipes and more.
www.foodnetwork.com
The Cook's Thesaurus A cooking encyclopedia that
www.foodsubs.com covers thousands of
ingredients and kitchen
tools. Entries include
pictures, descriptions,
synonyms, pronunciations,
and suggested
substitutions.
Epicurious Menus & Recipes galore!
www.epicurious.com

Cooks Recipes and more


www.cooks.com

General Nutrition Sites

Homepage for the Food and


Food and Nutrition Information Nutrition Information
Center Center. Nutrition topics,
www.nal.usda.gov/fnic Dietary Supplements, Food
composition, Dietary
Guidelines, Food Guide
Pyramid, FNIC Databases
Dietary Guidelines 2005 Authoritative source of
http://www.healthierus.gov/dietaryguideli dietary advice to promote
nes/ good health and prevent
chronic disease..
Food borne Illness Education Food Safety Education,
Information Center HACCP, Discussion groups
http://www.nal.usda.gov/foodborne/index. and links
html
National Center for Chronic Disease Includes nutrition, physical
Prevention and Health Promotion activity, public health
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp programs, publications and
more.
MEDLINEplus Find health topics,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus encyclopedia and dictionary.
Interactive tutorials on
health conditions.
Mayo Clinic General Health information,
www.mayoclinic.com including sections on
Healthy Living, Diseases &
Conditions, Drug Search,
Health Program, Books &
Newsletters.
Web MD Great site for researching
www.webmd.com common ailments, aches &
pains, and keeping up with
the latest research being
done on all types of health
issues.
Peapod Access Nutrition Facts labels
www.peapod.com and pictures of brand name
foods on a variety of
products. Go to “product
information” to view item,
then right click to save
picture. Copy/Print Nutrition
Facts label and ingredient
list (remember food labels
frequently change and
these may not be uptodate)
Center for Science in the Public Nutrition Advocacy
Interest Organization. Check out
http://www.cspinet.org/ Nutrition Action Healthletter.
Vegetarian Resource Group Excellent resource on the
http://www.vrg.org topic of vegetarianism.

Nutrition.gov This sites provides a broad


http://www.nutrition.gov array of nutrition resources,
including education
programs, fact sheets and
lifecycle resources.
UPENN Link to variety of Nutrition
http://www.med.upenn.edu/nutrimed/web Web sites
sites.html
National Center for Complementary & Sound information on
Alternative Medicine alternative and
http://nccam.nih.gov/ complementary medicine.
Food Labeling Everything you need to
http://:www.cfsan.fda.gov/label.html know about Food labeling.

FDA Kids Interactive site for kids and


http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids teens includes Food Safety
Quiz, , The Teen Scene and
more

For Schools

Offers links to a variety of


Food and Nutrition Resources for nutrition resources, as well
Teachers as nutrient analysis (Food
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/educators.htComp Online) using the
ml online USDA Nutrient
Database.
DOE-Nutrition Education and Training Provides links to a variety of
Resources nutrition education and
http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/links/defaul training resources for those
t.html working with kids/students .
The Children’s Health Project Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S.(Building
Network www.childrenshealthfund.org Active Strategies to Inform
Children in School), a health
education program for
elementary and middle
school children. Supported
by a grant from
Metropolitan Life Foundation
and developed by clinicians
from The Children’s Health
Fund’s National Children’s
Health Project Network,
Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S. provides
simple, accurate and
culturally relevant health
education brochures and
lesson plans, suitable for
children of all backgrounds.
Action for Healthy Kids The only nonprofit
www.actionforhealthykids.org organization formed
specifically to address the
epidemic of overweight,
undernourished and
sedentary youth by focusing
on changes at school.
Eat Smart Washington State Dairy
www.eatsmart.org Council. Lots of nutrition
education resources.
Nutrition Explorations Dairy Council site; resources for
www.nutritionexplorations.org educators, parents, kids and school
foodservice
Food Profile Tons of information for food products
such as cooking and storing
www.foodprofile.com
information, pack size, how to store as
well as nutritional information.
School Nutrition Association Outstanding resource with everything
for your school nutrition needs.
www.wellness.schoolnutrition.org
National School Food Service Excellent resource for
Institute School Nutrition
http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/nfsmi/index Professionals
.html
MA DOE - Managing Life Threatening MA guidelines developed for
Food Allergies schools to manage food
http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/news02/alle allergies.
rgy.pdf
John Stalker Institute of Food & Site offers nutrition and
Nutrition food service resources to
www.johnstalkerinstitute.org MA schools and child
nutrition professionals.
New England Dairy Council Nutrition education
http://www.newenglanddairycouncil.org/ resources for Health
Professionals, School Food
Services and Consumers
On-line nutrition education
programs for teachers, as
Team Nutrition
well as lots of great nutrition
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn
information for kids and
their families.
InteliHealth Aetna web site offers
http://www.intelihealth.com individual food search (uses
USDA database, but does
not list which release), as
well as a interactive tools
and health related
information geared to the
consumer.
National Institutes of Health Provides links to credible
http://health.nih.gov health information as well
as to MEDLINEplus (health
database) and Healthfinder
(health resource)

Portion Distortion Quiz National Institutes of Health


http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/portion/index.htm Interactive Quiz
Harvard School of Public Health Healthy Eating Pyramid and
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsour much more!
ce/pyramids.html
Oldways Site promoting healthy
http://www.oldwayspt.org eating, sustainable food
choices and traditional
foodways. Links to healthy
eating pyramids, including
Mediterranean, Vegetarian,
Asian, Latin and Good
Health Puzzle.
Gatorade Sports Science Institute Sports information and
www.GSSIweb.com resources

About Nutrition Offers tons of nutrition


http://nutrition.about.com information (site run by RD)
as well as food Clipart,
vitamin/mineral facts and
single food nutrient analysis
NCEP Interactive Applications Special Web Pages and
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/subsites/index.ht Interactive Applications
m include links to High Blood
Pressure, Healthy Weight,
Cholesterol, BMI calculator,
Women’s Health Initiative
and more.
CDC Click on Health Topics to link
http://www.cdc.gov to endless resources

Strong Women Strength training info for


www.strongwomen.com women

Diet Channel Useful site to find


www.thedietchannel.com information on quack diets.
QuackWatch Guide to quackery on the
www.quackwatch.com web and health fraud.
National Institute of Diabetes and Health Information with Fact
Digestive and Kidney Disorders Sheet on many nutrition
http://www.niddk.nih.gov related conditions
Office of Dietary Supplements Health information on
http://dietary- dietary supplements
supplements.info.nih.gov/health.aspx
Drug interactions Check interactions between
http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/Interaction/ two or more drugs,
ChooseDrugs including interactions with
food and alcohol.

For Kids & Families

USDA for KIDS Educational site for kids


http://www.usda.gov/news/usdakids including nutrition, science
and agricultural resources
Children’s Nutrition Research Center Site offers information
http://www.bcm.tmc.edu/cnrc resources for children and
their families, as well as
education & training links,
including Children’s Energy
Calculator and BMI
calculator.
Fit Family and Kids Offers healthy recipes and
http://www.fitfamilyandkids.com free downloads which
include nutrition charts
Smart-Mouth Interactive site for Kids
http://www.cspinet.org/smartmouth sponsored by Center for
Science in the Public
Interest.
Verbparents CDC funded campaign
http://www.verbparents.com geared to get kids 9-13
years old active
Meal Make Over Mom A fun site run by RD's.
http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com/inde Offers topics of interest to
x.html moms, such as customized
shopping lists, recipes
makeovers and nutrition
tips. Offers a free
"Makeover Mom's Club"
which helps mothers
improve the way their
families eat.
Kidnetic Interactive site for kids
http://www.kidnetic.com including topics on nutrition,
recipes and exercise.
Kids Health Health and Nutrition web
http://www.kidshealth.org site for kids and teens

Dole 5 A Day Site provides creative ways


http://www.dole5aday.com to increase fruit and
vegetable consumption.
Kids Nutrition Web Site Educational activities, links
http://www.ext.nodak.edu/food/kidsnutriti and information for kids,
on/ teens, parents and teachers.
Nutrition for Kids FREE Feeding Kids
http://www.nutritionforkids.com Newsletter, as well as other
nutrition resources by RD
Kids with Food Allergy Excellent site for recipes as
http://www.kidswithfoodallergy.org well as many other food
allergy resources.
Food Allergy Invaluable site providing
http://www.foodallergy.org food allergy education and
information.
Powerful Bones. Powerful Girls Interactive sites focused on
http://www.cdc.gov/powerfulbones bone health geared to girls

BAM BAM! was created to answer


http://www.bam.gov kids' questions on health
issues and recommend
ways to make their bodies
and minds healthier,
stronger, and safer. BAM!
also serves as an aid to
teachers, providing them
with interactive activities to
support their health and
science curriculums that are
educational and fun.
Sponsored by CDC.

For Professionals

The American Dietetic Association Professional organization for


http://www.eatright.org Registered Dietitians
Daily News from the ADA Knowledge
Center E-mails contain links to
knowledge@eatright.org current articles (research,
DPG’s popular, etc.) Great to keep
http://www.eatright.org/Public/Continuing current in the field.
Education/index_11383.cfm
ADA Dietetic Practice groups
including description and
link to web site.
MDA Nutrition resource for RD’s
www.massnutrition.org including job listings,
contact information for MDA
committees, licensure and
professional activities.
Nutrition Jobs Select job category and
www.nutritionjobs.com location to view job listings
with description and contact
information.
Growth Charts Site provides downloadable
http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts growth charts, as well as
interactive training modules
and PowerPoint
presentations.
WIC topics A-Z Maternal & Child health
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Topics/i resources
ndex.html
Squirrel Tales High calorie recipes
http://www.squirreltales.com/articles/recip
es.html
Bell Institute General Mills site which
http://www.bellinstitute.com includes health & nutrition
resources, WIC nutrition
resources, Nutrition News,
product nutrition
information.
MEDLINE References and abstracts
from 4600 biomedical
http://nlm.nih.gov
journals.
Dietary Reference Intakes Invaluable site containing
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/00010 pdf files of the Dietary
5.html Reference Intakes and
Recommended Dietary
Allowances.
Merck Manual The Merck Manual of
http://www.merck.com/mrkshared/ Medical Information –Home
mmanual_home/contents.jsp Edition. Online access to
disorders.
PDA MD Site offers advise about
http://www.pdamd.com purchasing PDA,
downloading and installing
software.
PDA RD One of a kind site designed
http://www.pdard.com by an RD for RD's offering
advise and resources on
PDA's.
Thanks to all the students and nutrition professionals who contributed
to this list.
KMcGrail, MEd, RD, LDN 2006