18 January 11 My Favorite Nutrition Websites

Since so many people have asked me for good nutrition website links, I thought it might be useful to simply list them here. Most of these websites are geared for the general public. They contain information about weight control, as well as other nutrition topics. This list is not a complete list of all the wonderful websites available - they are simply my favorites to date. They also provide sound, evidence-based nutrition information.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Great basic information for both consumers and health professionals. Be sure to check out their section devoted to weight loss. If you like thorough position papers, then check out this link.

American Heart Association
This is a wonderful website with tons of links. This site includes basics of healthy eating for heart health, as well as information about activity and weight control. It also includes information on fats and how they affect your blood cholesterol levels.

Cooking Light
Many of you are familiar with Cooking Light magazine, but their website is even niftier! You can browse the site for basic nutrition information or if you prefer, view nutrition videos. My favorite section is the recipe finder. I can always find a healthier version of my favorite dish on this website!

Harvard Health Publications
Browse the website for topics of interest, but be sure to sign up for the free email newsletter, "Healthbeat." I'm enjoying this newsletter - lots of great info. The occasional pop-up is annoying, but the material is well-researched and well-written! Also, I have been very happy with the special health reports that they publish and sell.

Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic's website has well-written nutrition articles on a wide variety of topics.

MedlinePlus
This is a useful all-purpose website about health and disease, formatted like a dictionary or encyclopedia. For a website devoted to supplements, see Office of Dietary Supplements/National Institutes of Health.

MyNetDiary
Of course, I always refer people to MyNetDiary, an online diet and exercise tracker. I am the consulting dietitian with MyNetDiary so I understand how the system works and the care that goes into the articles, blog and forum replies. And yes, this is definitely a biased viewpoint!

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
There is a lot of information on this website - both in English and Spanish. In addition to browsing the site, be sure to check out "Eating and Diabetes," "Diabetes Prevention Program," and "The National Diabetes Education Program."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
This website has great information on nutrition and hypertension, heart disease and weight control. Also, check out their PDF file on portion size.

National Weight Control Registry
This website provides useful Information about weight maintenance. Folks are eligible to join the registry if they have lost at least 30 lbs, have kept it off for at least one year or longer, and are at least 18 years old. See the website for more information. TIP for MyNetDiary members: include registering with this website as one of your milestone markers!

Obesity Society
Mostly a website for healthcare providers, but there is a consumer's section with FAQs, stats, definition and links to other helpful sites.

WebMD
This website has lots of information about health and disease, but I especially enjoy reading Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD's articles on diet and nutrition. Here's a link to a list of her articles published on WebMD.

Weight-Control Information Network
This website includes helpful resources on nutrition and physical activity for the public as well as for health care professionals.
Katherine Isacks, MPS, RD
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