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Image of bibliography   Bibliography for the Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity Online Modules
View sources of all data used in the modules. Also available as a printable PDF.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of Agriculture.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.
USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets based on USDA's new food guidance icon, MyPlate. MyPlate replaces MyPyramid as the government's primary food group symbol and is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully.
Empowering Youth
Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity Manual
USDA. Team Nutrition.
Empowering Youth is a manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!
Changing the Scene
  This kit was developed to help you take action to improve your school nutrition environment. A Guide to Local Action is the centerpiece. The guide included with the kit gives you general guidelines for establishing your team and planning for change, explains each of the six components of a healthy school nutrition environment, provides criteria for determining success, offers ideas for getting activities started, presents guidelines for identifying, contacting, and working with all the groups you want actively involved on your team, provides tips for attracting media attention and working effectively with the media, and cites references and resources.
Overweight and Obesity Data and Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Find the most recent research and statistics for overweight and obesity in children, adolescents, adults, and other populations.
Local Wellness Policy Resources
USDA Team Nutrition.
Congress recognizes that schools play a critical role in promoting student health. To formalize and encourage this role, Congress passed a law requiring each school district participating in the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Program to develop a Local Wellness Policy. Use the resources here to assist you in this process.
Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition
USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
Team Nutrition's goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid.
Healthy Meals Resource System  
Healthy Meals Resource System
In cooperation with the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland, the USDA's Food and Nutrition Information Center has developed the Healthy Meals Resource System (HMRS) as the training and technical assistance component of Team Nutrition.
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