Here are a few items and programs to help maintain healthy eating habits and exercise. Visit
these sites to learn more!
is a website sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for its customers,
as well as for the general public. It provides information on a number of
key health topics, including diet and exercise. Additionally, Blue Cross
offers tips for walking at www.walkingworks.com.
Nutrition and Physical Fitness –
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s website has terrific information
about healthy lifestyles, including eating the right portions, getting your
fruits and vegetables, increasing your physical activity. Click
to learn more.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability -
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a
public health practice and resource center on health promotion for persons with
disabilities. They provide disability specific information regarding physical
activity, nutrition, and lifestyle weight management along with web-based health
promotion programs inclusive to users of all abilities. NCHPAD's website
features a database of programs, organizations, parks and personal trainers all
equipped to provide physical activity and health services to persons with
disabilities. For more information, on resources that can enable people with
disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be, please contact
(800) 900-8086 or visit www.nchpad.org.
- Founded in 2006, Fresh Air Family has grown to offer more than 200 outdoor
activities to an outreach of more than 10,000 people. Programs include hiking,
camping, canoeing, birding, star gazing, fossil hunting, orienteering, caving
and searching for creatures great and small. (www.freshairfamily.org)
- The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) is a non-profit
association that works on behalf of diary farm families to promote dairy foods
in collaboration with schools, health professionals, retailers, dairy processors
and the public. SUDIA's website maintains reproducible nutrition
education materials, dairy resources and valuable tools to assist with better
eating habits. (www.southeastdairy.org)
Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion - The Center's mission is to
improve the health of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance
that links scientific research to the nutritional needs of consumers. It
also provides www.choosemyplate.gov,
an online library of information about the different food groups.
Food-A-Pedia - Also
developed by the USDA, Food-A-Pedia
helps you find the calories of certain foods or food groups or compare two
– Barber Dairies’ website offers recipes, fun activity sheets for children,
and nutrition information on the importance of milk consumption. (www.barbersdairy.com)
nutrition tips for people with diabetes
- The American Diabetic Association offers tips on making healthy food choices,
information on using the glycemic index, and much more. (www.diabetes.org/food-nutrition-lifestyle/nutrition.jsp)
New Leaf... Choices for Healthy Living
- The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Office of Women’s Health (OWH)
has partnered with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System –
, the ADPH Office of Minority Health and the Nutrition & Physical Activity
Division to provide a structured nutrition and physical activity and assessment
program for women ages 18 – 64 throughout
Alabama. The goals of this program include increasing weight loss and promoting
healthy lifestyles among the group participants. New Leaf targets women
recognizing that they are the primary caregivers for their families.
Women impact food choices, food preparation, and physical activity and are
effective in incorporating these into their family’s lifestyle. New Leaf
program implementation is available in each of the 67 counties of Alabama. The program is structured to
provide ongoing weight loss support through local support groups and trained
group leaders. For more information, contact Jessica Hardy at the Office of Women’s Health by
phone at (334) 206-5226 or online at www.adph.org/owh/Default.asp?id=1022.
Farmers Market Authority
– The Alabama Farmers Market Authority’s website has a Web-based program
that provides information on purchasing local, fresh produce. By clicking on a
specific county on the Alabama
map, details about the markets that county offers are available. The site also
provides recipes, a list of produce available per month, and nutrition program
EatatHomeAlabama.com - Created by
the Alabama Grocers Association, EatatHomeAlabama.com
tool to save money, eat healthier, and to safely prepare and store foods.
Department of Agriculture and Industries –
The website of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries provides
information on food safety issues, a guide to u-pick operations and
agricultural tourism opportunities throughout the state for seasonal produce,
and fun fact sheet for children in addition to Alabama product highlights. (www.agi.state.al.us)
offers a number of interactive tools, including a calorie
calculator, food journal and fitness log. It also allows you to track your
diet and exercise goals and to search through recipes submitted by fellow
- The Wellness Councils of America is a nonprofit organization that helps
businesses to implement employee wellness programs. While there is a fee for
companies that join, the organization's website features a number of free
resources that can be useful in implementing an employee wellness program. For
more information, go to www.welcoa.org.
– This is a program sponsored by the American Heart Association’s to help
individuals increase physical activity by walking. The site includes a walking tracker, an online networking community, a
tool to develop your personal walking plan and much more. (www.startwalkingnow.org)
and Veggies More Matters –
www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov calculates how many fruits and vegetables you
need, provides recipes, and other interactive tools to help you eat more fruits
and vegetables for a healthy meal pattern.
offers healthy eating tips, along with exercise advice.
Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
- Published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this contains
various fact sheets on obesity, along with other valuable resources. (www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity)
Yoga Information - Yoga Journal is a website offering information in an
interactive format. The website provides tips on basics, poses, health, blogs
and so much more. (www.yogajournal.com)
Strength - This article
provides information on the health benefits of yoga. Specifically addressing
yoga and strength, yoga and flexibility, and how these two together lead to
Flexibility - This article
is directed toward those who are not very flexible and shows them how they can
achieve a more flexible body through yoga.
Zumba - Zumba.com
provides general Zumba information and offers many different tabs to search for
what you are specifically looking for, such as classes, DVDs, and much more.
Zumba - This article
explains the aerobic, anaerobic and overall health benefits that Zumba provides.
Classes - Zumba is a fun way to move more. Click here
to locate a class near you.