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Public and private organizations have mounted ongoing efforts to change Americans' behavior toward nutrition and exercise. Sound, logical arguments pervade media and public service outlets, encouraging moderation, application of food planning systems old and new, and endorsing any type of physical activity.

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  • Nutrition

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    Find out what the U.S. government suggests Americans should -- and shouldn't -- be eating.

  • The Nutrition Source

    Comprehensive nutrition information from the Harvard School of Public Health includes "Ask the Expert" and an FAQ addressing commonly asked questions.

  • Small Bites

    This blog from NYU Master's Degree candidate Andy Bellatti, breaks down the latest nutrition news and information, free from "fillers, additives, preservatives and corporate sponsorships."

  • USDA National Nutrient Database

    Look up nutrition stats for all kinds of foods and brand name products with this vast and easy-to-use database.

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  • Diets and Meal Plans

  • Frontline: Diet Wars

    Low fat or low carb? Atkins, Pritikin or South Beach? The PBS series Frontline examines the great diet debate.

  • Healthy Eating Pyramid

    Harvard School of Public Health proposes this pyramid as an alternative to the USDA's ubiquitous Food Guide Pyramid.

  • MyPyramid Plan

    Working with the Food Guide Pyramid, the USDA offers a free personalized eating plan based on age, height, weight, gender and level of activity.

  • The Portion Teller

    Read excerpts and interviews with nutrition consultant Lisa Young, whose book, The Portion Teller Plan, offers the antidote to supersizing.

  • Revolution Health: Food and Nutrition Basics

    Tips, food facts, shopping strategies, recipes and discussion boards are just part of the numerous options available at this healthy living site.

  • Traditional Diet Pyramids

    Find out about alternatives to the USDA pyramid plan including vegetarian, Mediterranean, Latin American and Asian diet pyramids.

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  • Exercise

  • America on the Move

    Getting in shape is a matter of steps. Chart the number of steps you take each day on your choice of interactive trails. Get an online "challenge buddy" to stay motivated.

  • Fitness Online

    Weider Publications hosts this portal leading to online articles from their many magazines including Shape, Men's Fitness and Natural Health.

  • The President's Challenge

    The Web site for the President's Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program provides personal activity logs and fitness calculators for all age groups, from kids to seniors.

  • The Walking Site

    This site "for walkers...by walkers," is a resource for all fitness levels, especially those just getting started on a walking program.

  • YMCA

    With 2,663 facilities across the country, chances are there's a Y near you. All facilities offer financial assistance and programs for all ages.

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  • Sources

  • Critser, Greg. | Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
    New York: Houghton MIfflin, 2003.
  • Counihan, Carole M. | Food in the USA
    London and New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • Gabaccia, Donna | We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans
    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Levenstein, Harvey | Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America
    Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Nestle, Marion | Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health
    Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002, revised 2007.
  • Lang, Tim and Michael Heasman | Food Wars: Public Health and the Battle for Mouths Minds and Markets
    London: Earthscan Publications, 2003.
  • Levenstein, Harvey | Revolution at the Table: The Transformation of the American Diet
    Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Lien, Marianne E. and Brigitte Nerlich, eds. | The Politics of Food
    Oxford: Berg, 2004.
  • Okie, Susan | Fed Up!: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity
    Washington DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2006.
  • Oliver, J. Eric | Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic
    New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Rappoport, Leon | How We Eat: Appetite, Culture, and the Psychology of Food
    Toronto: ECW Press, 2003.
  • Schlosser, Eric | Fast Food Nation
    New York: Harper, 2001.
  • Signer, Peter and Jim Mason | The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
    Emmaus, PA: Rodale Books, 2006.
  • Simon, Michele | Appetite for Profit: How the food industry undermines our health and how to fight back
    New York: Nation Books, 2006.
  • Spurlock, Morgan | Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
    New York: Putnam, 2006.
  • Watson, James L. and Melissa L. Caldwell, eds. | The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating
    New York: Wiley, 2005.
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