Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Public Resources

Need nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention resources that you can use to improve your health?

This page includes links to program materials developed in Wisconsin and links to helpful materials developed in other parts of the country.

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Useful Tools

Nutrition Resources

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Tools and information created by a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation that joined together to fight childhood obesity.
  • Choose My Plate: Interactive tools for diet and menu planning.
  • Foods to Avoid: Sugary drinks, salty foods, and “Xtreme”-calorie restaurant meals are among the things you should eat less of.
  • Ingredients of Concern: Get the facts about artificial food dyes, fake sweeteners, caffeine, and other commonly used food ingredients.
  • Interactive Nutrition Tools: These interactive resources help consumers and professionals with dietary assessment, diet planning, and checking personal health risks
  • Kid-Friendly Nutrition Education: Includes tips on healthy eating, interactive nutrition games, snack and recipe ideas
  • Menu Planner: An interactive menu planner designed to guide daily food and meal choices based on your daily calorie allowance. For directions on how to use the Menu Planner, click on About the Menu Planner.

Calculators

Physical Activity Resources

  • Bikeability / Walkability Checklist P-00399 (PDF): Rate how friendly your community is for biking.
  • Biking Maps: County road maps of Wisconsin.
  • Biking Route: Map and measure your own route. Use this tool to view a map and create your own biking route. The tool lets you choose the route and automatically calculates the distance.
  • Calories Burned per Hour P-40109 (PDF) : A list of calories burned per hour for common sports and daily activities.
  • Prescription for a Healthier You (PDF): A "prescription" sheet that can be used by health care providers to prescribe healthy lifestyle changes for their patients.
  • Walkability / Bikeability Checklist P-00399 (PDF): Rate how friendly your community is for walking.
  • Walking Route: Map and measure your own route. Use this tool to view a map and create your own walking route. The tool lets you choose the route and automatically calculates the distance.
  • Weight Training: This site contains animated demonstrations of how to use free-weight equipment and provides sample workout sheets to record

How-to Materials

Nutrition Resources

Other Resources

Nutrition Resources

  • Breastfeeding: Information and Materials
  • Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025: Full report on federal dietary recommendations including adequate nutrients, weight management, physical activity, food groups to encourage, fats, carbohydrates, sodium and potassium, alcoholic beverages and food safety. The report also includes key recommendations for specific population groups.
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center: Useful and accurate information for health professionals, teachers, and parents
  • "Got Dirt?" P-40112 (PDF): A program designed to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care gardens.
  • Nutrition for Kids: Useful information for parents, teachers, and fun activities for kids.
  • Portion size and weight management (PDF): CDC research on how large portion sizes have contributed to weight gain among Americans. This section also offers ideas to practitioners about how to counsel their patients or clients about portion size.
  • Portion Distortion Quiz: Learn how portion sizes have changed over the years, which may be a contributing factor to the current rise of overweight and obesity.
  • School Snacks: Healthy school snack ideas for parents, teachers, after school programs, and other caregivers.

Crosscutting Resources

Physical Activity Resources

External Resources: General

Wisconsin School Health Award: Link to information on how to make your school a healthier place and how to apply for the School Health Award through the Department of Public Instruction.

External Resources: Physical Activity

External Resources: Nutrition

Last Revised: August 31, 2021