Health, Nutrition, and Fitness Resources

Healthy Eating & Food Safety

Dietary Guidelines for Americans The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities.

Eat and Move-O-Matic App  Use the Eat and Move-O-Matic to learn about the foods you eat and how they help fuel your body for your favorite activities. Make new discoveries about your favorite foods and get interesting tips on how small changes can make big differences. Created by USDA and New Mexico State University.

Federal Food Assistance Resources The Federal Food Assistance Resources provide direct assistance to eligible individuals and families in need of food assistance including but not limited to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) and Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) programs run by the USDA.

Fight Bac(teria)!  Find kids’ food safety information with programming, ideas and fun activities for kids that teach them about the basics of safe food handling.

Healthy People 2020 Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

USDA MyPlate The MyPlate Kids’ Place has games, activity sheets, videos, songs and more to encourage elementary school children to eat healthy and move more.

 More Healthy Living

4-H Community Health Outreach Toolkit- Responding to Mosquito Borne Illness Educate others on the risks associated with mosquito bites. Fairs, farmer’s markets, sporting activities, and other community events are the perfect opportunity to reach out and educate others about mosquito bite prevention.

4-H Healthy Event & Club Checklist  You can ensure that you are doing everything possible to help your 4-Hers grow up able to form lasting relationships, deal with stress and their emotions, make healthful dietary choices, engage in physical activity to promote optimal growth of minds and bodies, and avoid unnecessary risks.

4th H for Health Challenge Help 4-H’ers make healthy habits the norm during club meetings and set them on a path of healthy living.

50 Ways to Include Healthy Living in 4-H Service Learning Projects Developed and created by the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program.

Media Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program is a 10-lesson curriculum for youth ages 11 to 13 that explores media, nutrition, and physical activity. National Institute for Health created MSY through a partnership with 4-H and based on recommendations from youth delegates attending National 4-H Conference.

USDA SuperTracker An interactive food, physical activity, and weight tracking tool in which users can determine what and how much to eat, track foods, physical activities and weight, personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling, and run detailed reports that analyze food group and nutrient content of foods eaten

Menu Planning & Recipes

Harvest of Recipes A recipe book developed by the USDA and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) participants and staff. It is a collection of delicious recipes adapted from regional and traditional ones submitted by tribal members, as well as new ones.

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook  Amazing kid chefs from around the country participated in this challenge, highlighting their favorite healthy ingredients and their culinary prowess

Recipes for Healthy Kids The recipes in this cookbook were developed by teams of chefs, students, school nutrition professionals, and community members and feature foods of which both children and adults should consume more through the USDA.

What’s Cooking? Features a number of budget-friendly recipes and tools to help inspire healthy eating. Find new recipes, create a handy shopping list, build a cookbook and Menu Builder from the USDA Mixing Bowl program.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity for Life This site provides resources to help you learn ways to be more active and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Child Obesity 180  A collaboration of a unique group of national leaders that addresses childhood obesity.