The following collection of websites is provided as a service from the NACUFS Nutrition Member Forum in an attempt to provide association members with a quick resource guide on information about food, health, and nutrition. Please be advised, that the information contained in these websites is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a licensed medical professional.
The links included in this resource collection do not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship of any of the information provided in these sites from NACUFS or the NACUFS Nutrition Member Forum. Although each site has been reviewed, due to the changing nature of the Internet, site content may have changed since last review and may not be up-to-date. Discretion is recommended when using any information found on the Internet.
(in alphabetical order)
Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Website is easy to navigate. Data provided ranges from basic introduction to complementary medicine, to more complex information on the subject.
The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization. It is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through prevention, saving lives, and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, and service.
National Cancer Institute
The purpose of the website is to provide information on cancer research and training. The site is also designed to help science writers and reporters find information about cancer research at the National Cancer Institute. Site is appropriate for health professionals as well as patients, their families, and the public.
American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
AICR is the leading charity in the field of diet and nutrition: supporting research, cancer prevention education programs, and health publications. This site includes materials for The New American Plate promotion.
The American Heart Association (AHA)
This website provides information on how to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Appropriate for the general public, health care providers, and students. Includes information on CPR.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
This website supports a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. The Institute plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and educational projects. Through the website, suitable for both health professionals and the public, the NHLBI conducts educational activities, including development and dissemination of materials in the above areas with an emphasis on prevention.
National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP)
The purpose of this website is to disseminate stimulating educational materials and programs that are grounded in a strong science base as well as developing partnerships among the program participants. The NHBPEP, established in 1972, is a cooperative effort among professional and voluntary health agencies, state health departments, and many community groups.
American Celiac Sprue Association
This site is dedicated to individuals struggling with celiac disease, their families and professionals interested in celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and the gluten-free diet. Includes description of conditions, basic diet choices, gluten-free recipes, and a very useful and comprehensive list of grains and flours and whether or not they are allowed in a gluten-free diet.
Canadian Celiac Association
Purpose of the site is to inform people about celiac disease and provide help and support to those with the disease and their families.
Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Diet
Website provides information about celiac disease. Also provides services such as a gluten-free diet on-line resource center for individuals with celiac and their families.
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Website contains a celiac symptoms checklist and many resources for living with celiac disease, including "Gluten Free In College" guides, blogs, etc. Links to free webinars are also provided.
American Diabetes Association
This site includes advice from diabetes experts to provide information to the public. There are topics such as diabetes prevention, diabetes research, weight loss and exercise, nutrition and recipes, community programs and local events.
The National Diabetes Education Initiative
This is a resource for diabetes treatment and information. It provides articles, publications, and a glossary of common terms. This site provides good information for patients and professionals.
Cooking and Foods for People with Diabetes
This website is directed toward individuals interested diabetic recipes. It provides information on carbohydrate counts and exchanges for a variety of recipes. In addition, it gives a variety of recipes ranging from entrées to diabetic-friendly desserts.
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc.
This is a national organization promoting public awareness and understanding of eating disorders and a way to access treatment. It also gives the professional resources and an opportunity to join a national organization on eating disorders.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
Good general food allergy information, including a helpful ingredient alert section. Good resources that can be purchased, including an excellent training video and posters for the kitchen. Site is free and open to all users.
Gateway to Asthma, Allergy, and Intolerance Information on the Web
Website provides links to useful allergen, additive, and preservative search. Can also link to a large allergen database, organizations, publications, events, articles, and other databases. Allows user to search websites by audience.
FDA - Food Label
Everything you wanted to know about food labels, including how to read a basic food label as well as how to qualify foods with health and nutrient content claims.
National Nutrition Resource
A website providing easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition. This national resource makes obtaining government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, easily accessible in one place. Comprehensive and useful website.
Healthfinder ® - Your Guide to Reliable Health Information
A federal website developed with the purpose of helping consumers find the best government and non-profit health and human services information on the Internet. Includes links to information and websites from over 1,700 health-related organizations.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) Home Page
Search for health and food safety information. Includes a section of relevant, timely topics. A-Z index is recommended for use.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Home Page
Covers all government activities related to agriculture. Has a very powerful search engine, useful for locating other sites and information on desired topics. Includes links to Interactive Healthy Eating Index and numerous Food and Nutrition topics, including food safety and security, product labeling, reports, publications, and events.
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
One of several information centers at the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Very easy to navigate with enhanced user interface and graphics support. Includes resources to locate nutritional composition of dishes, clip art as well as job openings. Very comprehensive and in a friendly format for general users.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Home Page
The NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation. It’s mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge regarding the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. This site provides health information, news and events, scientific resources, and links to all of the NIH Institutes. Suitable for consumers, professionals, educators, and the media.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Provides very extensive information on a wide array of topics. The Office of Public Health and Science, the Office of the Secretary, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services coordinate the site, which is a gateway to websites of a number of health initiatives and activities.
Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) Home Page
Easy navigability; contains links and resources to a wide variety of health-related topics.
National Agricultural Library
Not conducive for casual browsing, however very useful if searching for scientific journal articles, books, audio-visuals, and reprints.
International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC)
Purpose of the site is to communicate science-based nutrition and food safety information to professionals, educators, consumers, and students. Includes timely information, several topics of interest, and informational brochures that can be downloaded at no charge.
American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)
Consumer education focusing on issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, environment, and health.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (formerly The American Dietetic Association (ADA))
Purpose of the site is to improve nutrition and public health. Includes a “Recommended Good Nutrition Reading List,” National Nutrition Month information and link to materials, current nutrition topics of interest, articles, and free, reproducible Nutrition Fact Sheets and ADA Position Papers on a wide variety of topics.
National Dairy Council
Focus is on dairy nutrition education and research. Nutrition communication and education materials are available, including fact sheets and an electronic newsletter. Some educational materials are free and others are for purchase. Catalogs are available.
Gateway to Government Food Safety Information
Site provides links to several government agencies dealing with food safety issues. Also provides consumer materials such as food safety fact sheets and safe food handling tips, and educational videos are available for download at no cost. Food safety alerts and information regarding hoaxes and rumors are also provided. Resources for National Food Safety Education Month? campaign found in “Other Topics.”
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and world to monitor health; detect and investigate health problems; conduct research to enhance prevention; develop and advocate sound public health policies; implement prevention strategies and programs; promote healthy behaviors; foster safe and healthful environments; and provide leadership and training. The mission of the CDC’s Food Safety Office is to lead Food Safety programs to prevent illness, disability, and death due to domestic and imported food borne illness. The website includes Hot Topics, Avian Influenza information, and a searchable database of foodborne illness outbreaks.|
CDC: Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
The purpose of this website is to provide information to the general public on how to stay safe in disaster situations. These may range from natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes, and floods; to chemical agents, diseases, and other threats. The site informs people as to how to prevent these situations, what to do in the case of an incident, and how to deal with it after something has happened.
Pandemic Flu Planning
U.S. Dept. Health & Human Services site provides comprehensive information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities. A great place to start your research when formulating a pandemic plan. Includes a College and University Pandemic Planning Checklist available to download at no cost.
Recall and Safety Alerts
FDA resource site, this site provides the most up-to-date information on recalls, seizures, court actions, and alerts on foods and drugs. These recalls outline risks as they relate to food allergies, contamination, labeling, undeclared ingredients, health risks, etc. Links to associated issues are available.
Recall Information: USDA Meat and Poultry
The purpose of this website is to inform the public of inspection and most recent recall services of meat and poultry within the U.S. It also explains the terminology, responsibilities, and public notification procedures regarding the voluntary recall of inspected meat and poultry products.
Food Safety Materials for Children and Students
FDA resource for teaching and support materials related to food safety. Materials including games, music, puzzles, quizzes and activities are offered for the elementary through high school levels. Includes links for educators.
Other Language Documents
This site lists links for food safety documents in other languages. It also contains links to international activities and other FDA documents in other languages.
Food Safety and Inspection Service Food Safety Publications
The purpose of this website is to provide free, downloadable fact sheets on a wide variety of topics, including numerous safe food handling topics and additional topics such as food labeling, inspection, and emergency preparedness.
HACCP Guidelines, Implementation, and General Information
This site addresses food safety through HACCP or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, developed by the FDA. This program presents guidelines to identify and assess the risk factors and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards of foods. Contains useful, free guides available for download, on both guidelines and implementation/maintenance.
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference
Purpose of this organization is to promote shellfish sanitation through government, industry, and academia. This “Shellfish Education” website includes a “Consumer Information” section with safe storage, handling, and shellfish preparation information.
ServSafe, National Restaurant Association
Comprehensive food safety certification program provided by the National Restaurant Assocation. On-line training is now available, as well as responsible Alcohol Service Certification.
Fightbac! Partnership for Food Safety Education
Purpose of the website is to educate the public about safe food handling to help reduce foodborne illness. Site is appropriate for consumers, professionals, educators, and the media. Includes brochures and clip art images that can be downloaded at no cost. May be useful for staff training.
Home Food Safety – It’s In Your Hands
An American Dietetic Association website. May be useful for staff training due to it’s interactive kitchen quiz and free downloadable educational handouts. .Text is also available in Spanish.
Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service
A great resource for developing food safety lessons, including educational materials that provide tools needed to minimize risk of foodborne illness. Also includes Food Safety Tip of the Day, and current Food Safety News.
Flax Council of Canada
The Flax Council of Canada presents a site covering information on health and nutritional benefits of flax. Included is information on cooking with flax, products, suppliers, and free downloadable cookbooks.
Wild Blueberry Association of North America
Site details health benefits of wild blueberries and provides nutritional information and recipes.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
This website was created with the purpose of curing and preventing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research; and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support. The site is intended for patients and their families as well as health care professionals.
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
Purpose of the ACG is to advance the scientific study and medical practice of diseases of the GI tract, and to promote the highest standards in medical education. This site is intended for use by healthcare providers.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The purpose of the NIDDK is to conduct and support research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields as well as many basic science disciplines. The “Health Information” part of the site can be very helpful: It includes easy-to-follow information on diabetes, Celiac Sprue and Crohn’s disease.
Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s website focuses on detection, prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, including dietary intervention. Very user friendly and includes a body mass index calculator.
International Society on Hypertension in Blacks, Inc.
This website was created to help eliminate ethnic health disparities worldwide. It provides information about theethnic gap seen in prevalence of hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases, and provides resources and advocacy to help prevent disease in minority populations. It focuses on promoting public awareness, education, and health-related program information and more.
Lactose Web Links
Long list of web links providing information about Lactose Intolerance, food allergies, nutrition, diets, calcium alternatives, dairy-free recipes, lactose-free vitamins and foods.
Comprehensive site detailing the government’s new Pyramid, now called “MyPyramid.” Site has complete descriptions of food groups and serving sizes, and tips and resources including downloadable posters and clip art. Users can individualize their pyramid plan on-line and track their diet and activity on “MyPyramid Tracker.”
USDA/ARS Nutrient Database Laboratory
Good search engine for a food composition database.
Purpose of the site is to make food nutritional information more accessible and understandable to all. This powerful, interactive website utilizes USDA’s nutrient database and allows you to create and maintain your own personal “Pantry” of foods and their nutritional information. Allows for custom food entry for foods not included in USDA’s database. Provides a great display of where the food fits into the Food Guide Pyramid, along with a health rating and Nutrition Facts label for the selected food.
The Fast Food Nutrition Facts Explorer
Tracks and presents nutritional data of foods from the most popular fast food restaurant chains in the world.
Profile ®: The Food Industry’s Product Information Source
Informative site about product information, direct from the manufacturer.
Wheat Foods Council
Grains nutrition information center, including information on glycemic index and high protein diets. Increases awareness of the importance of grains in the diet.
USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
Includes the Interactive Healthy Eating Index (IHEI), an online dietary and activity level assessment tool that provides a quick measure of a person's dietary quality and activity level.
Reliable health and nutrition information provided in easy-to-find categories.
Harvard School of Public Health
A science-based nutrition site that draws on the research of members of the HSPH Nutrition Department. It’s user-friendly, with a side-bar that breaks down food and nutrition into specific topics. One of the more useful parts of the site is a section about understanding the interplay of the mass media with scientific research in deciphering nutrition news in the popular media.
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
This website, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), has three main goals: (1) to provide useful, objective information to the public and policymakers and to conduct research; (2) to represent citizen’s interests regarding food and health before regulatory, judicial, and legislative bodies; and (3) to ensure that science and technology are used for the public good. This is a great site for people interested in food and public policy. It includes current food safety and biotechnology updates and news releases, as well as nutritional tools such as a calorie counter.
Ask the Dietitian
Site is run by Joanne Larsen, MS, RD; she answers common nutrition-related questions sent in by the public.
Dole 5 A Day
This is a fun site geared towards improving children’s fruit and vegetable intake. “Family and Friends” section is suitable for adults and has an area in which you can get a personal analysis of your fruit and vegetable intake. Reference center is also useful.
Fruits and Veggies: More Matters
Produce for Better Health Foundation offers this new health campaign. The website is easy to navigate and is user-friendly. It offers chef’s advice, recipes, nutrition information and shopping tips, as well as a fruit and vegetable calculator that helps you determine how many fruits and vegetables
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
For a subscription fee, Nutrition Action Health Letter monthly publication is available. This publication is suitable for the general public, health care professionals, and foodservice employees. Each issue includes brand-named product health ratings.
Award-winning, respected nutrition newsletter is available for a subscription fee. Site and newsletter answer questions on new nutrition information, gives advice on balancing your diet, minimizing risk from pesticides, and living a long, healthy life. Intended for anyone looking for answers to the mountains of conflicting diet and nutrition advice. Newsletter archives with useful search engine available on-line to subscribers for an additional fee.
The Nutrition Source
Maintained by the Harvard School of Public Health, The Nutrition Source is an online resource focused on helping participants start down the path of the healthiest diet possible, focusing on what is consumed and level of activity.
Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter
Site provides consumers with honest, reliable and scientifically authoritative health and nutrition advice that not only can be trusted but can have a direct and often immediate effect on their health. Publication, available for a subscription fee, is useful for anyone looking for detailed, scientifically based articles on current health and nutrition issues. It is intended for users from various backgrounds and helps all those seeking an educational approach to healthcare.
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County
Website provides link to a free, on-line newsletter subscription about food, nutrition and food safety. Also provides a “how-to” message on food, nutrition, and food safety geared towards health professionals, educators, and consumers.
National Osteoporosis Foundation
Site is used to give information promoting lifelong bone health.
Calcium Information Resource
Information about calcium and your body sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.
Nutrition You Can Live With!
Provides resources regarding nutrition and Parkinson’s disease and features a professional bulletin board that includes general information about health and nutrition, resources and other links.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders
Informative site about neuroscience disorders, including stroke and Parkinson's disease information.
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
A PDF directory of practical resources that provides information regarding nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The recipe search engine is very well organized, making it easy to browse and find recipes. Allows you to change the serving size and adjusts recipes accordingly. Some of the recipes carry nutritional information as well. Includes an “Expert Chef Corner,” providing tips and answering questions (you can choose the particular chef from the panel whom you wish to address the question to). Has an exhaustive list of links on related topics.
The Recipe Link
A storehouse of recipes and recipe links: Includes a daily menu planner and coupons. Carries a section on non-profit and charity activities related to food and children.
Extensive database of recipes, articles, and resources from Bon Appétit® and Gourmet® magazines.
Cooking Light ® Magazine
Has a wide range of recipes. Featured recipes include lower fat and calorie content and include nutritional analysis. To become a member, need to either be a Cooking Light® subscriber or purchase their current annual issue. Temporary membership is available when you purchase an issue of the magazine from the newsstand.
Low-fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive
Excellent collection of over 4000 well categorized, fat free vegetarian recipes. Also includes selections from around the world.
A cooking and recipe website featuring over 40,000 free recipes for every occasion and level of cooking skill. We also publish Quick and Easy Recipes, a free e-mail newsletter and publish free downloadable cooking eBooks.
Nicotine Addiction and Dependence
Nicotine disorders are caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in tobacco. Nicotine is a physically and psychologically addictive drug.
Office of the Surgeon General
Smoking cessation guidelines, consumer materials, and the latest drugs and techniques for quitting smoking. Useful for developing employee wellness programs.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)
TIPS coordinates efforts aimed at preventing smoking among youth, smoking cessation, and protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Includes a section for employers and a guide to smoking policies in and around the workplace. Text is also available in Spanish.
The Presidents Council on Fitness and Sports
Provides information on the importance of exercise and gives ideas as to how to include exercise in your life. Content is applicable to all ages. Provides information for nutrition professionals, coaches, parents and fitness experts. Follows the American Dietetic Association’s Position Paper on sports nutrition.
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Majority of the website is geared towards trainers or those seeking to be ACE certified. The website does, however, provide good sports nutrition and fitness information that is specific to age and medical conditions.
Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN)
SCAN is a Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. The website provides information on sports nutrition, wellness and eating disorders; in addition to information on meetings, research and educational materials. This is a great site for those who are looking to network with others in the field, as well as those just starting out in the sports nutrition field. You would need to join the practice group.
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Great website with free easy to read handouts on sports nutrition. This site also contains information on menu planning, calorie calculation and many other nutrition tools.
Good site if you are looking for sports nutrition research information.
American College of Sports Medicine
Good reliable information for those who work with the active population. You do need to pay a fee to review their information.
Nancy Clark, R.D.
Valid sports nutrition information for athletes of all ages and sports. She is the pioneer of sports nutrition and continues to lead the way with excellent resources that you can purchase to help you educate clients or students who are active.
National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
The purpose of this website is to support research and disseminate research and results in the area of dietary supplements. The ODS website also provides advice to other Federal agencies regarding research results related to dietary supplements. Information is useful to all health professionals as usage of supplements continues to grow.
Provides independent test results and information to help consumers and health care professionals evaluate health, wellness, and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests on this website, including listings of brands that have passed testing. Products that pass CL’s testing are eligible to bear the CL Seal of Approval®. CL addresses a growing need of consumers and healthcare professionals for better information to guide the selection of health, wellness, and nutrition products.
The Vegetarian Resource Group
Purpose of the website is to educate the public on vegetarianism and other issues related to it, such as health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. They also publish the Vegetarian Journal and produce and sell cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints. They also offer recipes and ingredient information for vegetarians.
Website informs readers as to how to live a healthier lifestyle. It provides a monthly magazine (subscription fee required), which provides vegetarian recipes, cooking tips, entertaining suggestions, and the latest news on fitness, health, nutrition, and supplements. Free on-line resources include recipes, featured articles, the vegetarian pyramid, and message boards. One of the most useful parts of the site is a free comprehensive guide of cooking substitutes: including substitutes for vegan; low fat; ethnic; and yeast, allergen, and alcohol-free recipes.
This website provides free information on veganism, healthy eating, food and drink, animal-free shopping and ethical and compassionate lifestyle factors that benefit humans, animals, and the environment. They have information on nutrition as it relates to vegans and provides information about essential nutrients that may be lacking in a vegan diet.
Vegetarian Practice Group
This is the Vegetarian Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. The purpose of the website is to continue to provide up-to-date information on vegetarian nutrition to dietitians, health and foodservice professionals and the public. Articles on vegetarian topics and research are available, as well as the opportunity to sign up as a member to receive quarterly newsletters for a fee.
The Weight-Control Information Network (WIN)
A national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). WIN raises awareness and provides health professionals and consumers with science-based information on obesity, weight control, and related nutritional issues.
Offers food and exercise monitors and diaries; goal setting and motivation; step-by-step information and guidance; and an online community.
Fit Day Free Diet and Weight Loss Journal
Free online diet journal and calorie tracker with products, articles and forums.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
NHLBI’s Aim for a Healthy Weight program provides guidelines and key recommendations in a promotion to help people lose weight to help prevent and control diseases.
Healthy Weight Network
Site provides access to weight management books and resources written by recognized experts. Purpose of the site is to “provide authoritative research on dieting, the failure of weight loss programs, eating disorders, obesity, overweight, size acceptance, diet quackery, and moving ahead with the non-diet Health at Any Size approach – also known as Health at Every Size.” Site is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the resources available on weight, eating, and dieting. It focuses on acceptance of size and health – not on the famous “Thin is In” shown on most diet websites. Sign up for free Healthy Weight Network updates.
The Wellness Councils of America
This site provides information of helping organizations of all kind build and sustain results-oriented wellness programs.
New York State Department of Health
This site explains why worksite wellness is important and how to plan, implement, and evaluate a worksite wellness program. It offers tools and resources for enhancing physical activity and nutrition and decreasing tobacco use at the worksite.
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
This site offers a worksite wellness resource kit with steps divided into PDF files for easy access
This site has a worksite wellness guide and worksite wellness tool kit in PDF format. It has elements of a comprehensive worksite health promotion program and other useful information.