The internet can be a powerful tool when researching resources and information regarding health and wellness topics (or anything for that matter!). While I am a big fan of the ease and efficiency that web searches provide, there are still some major caveats and instances when you cannot take information at face value. After sifting through some health and wellness articles on the web today, I realized that there might be a need for some of our clients and readers to access legit resources on nutrition that they can share with their families, friends, and co-workers.
At Good Measure Meals, we strive to meet the science-based nutrition guidelines set forth by several key organizations. These guidelines allow us to create meal plans for those not only looking to lose or manage weight or time, but also those needing assistance in managing a chronic disease. The goal is to create a balanced menu that promotes health. These organizations not only set the guidelines, but also provide tons of great resources which I am linking you to below!
The American Dietetic Association has a wealth of knowledge on their website. My favorites are their 1 page pdf’s on smart snacking, reading food labels, and eating right for a healthy weight. If you are looking for concise info, these docs are easy to read and great to hand out to others who would benefit from the information! http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=206
The American Diabetes Association has a great section on Food and Fitness with great ideas on recipes and exercise for folks dealing with type 1 and 2 diabetes. There is also an entire section dedicated to healthy weight loss with great tips on goal setting, motivation, food and potion size and diabetes management. If you are looking to shed some pounds, this is definitely a site that provides some tools to assist you in your pursuit! http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/weight-loss/
Another great organization to turn to when looking for information on health and wellness is the American Heart Association (www.heart.org). This site provides all sorts of information on how to keep your ticker kicking! From Stress Management and nutrition to smoking cessation and physical activity, the AHA gives all sorts of advice on how to improve your quality and duration of life.
Another site to visit is http://everydaychoices.org which is a collaborative effort of the ADA, AHA, and the American Cancer Society to encourage the prevention and early detection of disease and cancer. The site helps guide you to what tests you should be taking to monitor your health. It only takes a minute and is completely worth the time!
There are many valid and reliable resources available on the web, but always check to see where the information is coming from. Are there citations or links to citation. It is a trustworthy website/organization. If you come across information that you are unsure about, you should ask a health expert! There are no stupid questions and those of us in the industry welcome and encourage discussion of health issues! Please let me know if you found these resources helpful!