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Digging a Vegetarian Diet: Plant-Based Eating Can Reap Rewards

Vegetarian meals focus on fruits and vegetables, dried beans, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Vegetarian diets tend to have fewer calories, lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, and more fiber, potassium and vitamin C than other eating patterns.

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Shape Your Family’s Habits: Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices

With your help, kids can learn to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that last throughout their lives.

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Weighing in on Dietary Fats: Some Fats Are Healthier Than Others

We need a certain amount of fat in our diets to stay healthy. Fats provide needed energy in the form of calories. Problems arise, though, if we eat too much fat. Learn about "good" and "bad" fats, cholesterol, and more.

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Aim for a Healthy Weight
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. This website can jumpstart your efforts, with tips and tools for controlling weight, eating right, being physically active and more.

NIH and the Weight of the Nation
(Office of the Director)
The 4-part HBO Documentary Films series on obesity, "The Weight of the Nation," highlights several NIH research advances and addresses the factors contributing to the country's obesity problem. The films are the centerpiece to a public awareness campaign, which also includes a 3-part HBO Family series for kids, 12 short films, a website and social media, and a nationwide community-based outreach effort using free film discussion guides and other tools.

Thinking About Taking a Dietary Supplement?
(Office of Dietary Supplements)
Information about the use, effectiveness, safety and quality of dietary supplements. Includes fact sheets for health professionals and consumers, answers to common questions, and tips to help you choose and use dietary supplements wisely.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activities & Nutrition
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national program designed to provide parents, caregivers, and communities information and tools to prevent childhood obesity and help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

Weight-control Information Network
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
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.


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