Listed below are information and references to address physical activity and nutrition in the home setting. This page is provided for consumers looking for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention resources that they can use to improve their health. This page includes links to program materials developed in Wisconsin and links to external materials and information that might be helpful to consumers.
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- BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator: Calculate your BMI
- BMI-for-Age (Body Mass Index) Charts; BMI-for-age charts are recommended to assess weight in relation to stature for children ages 2 to 20 years; used to determine childhood overweight.
- BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) calculator: Calculate how many calories you burn per day.
- Return on Investment Calculator for Worksite Wellness: Use the calculator to project the impact of evidence-based wellness programs on health care costs, productivity, and absenteeism at your worksite.
Physical Activity Resources
- Activity Zone F-40092 (PDF, 229 KB): A handy form to identify nearby places that you can walk or bike to and be more active.
- Afterschool Active Hours: Site for physical activity resources, tools and information to help afterschool providers and advocates.
- Bikeability / Walkability Checklist P-00399 (PDF, 416 KB): 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: A list of calories burned per hour for common sports and daily activities. (PDF, 197 KB)
- Prescription for a Healthier You (PDF, 18 KB): A "prescription" sheet that can be used by health care providers to prescribe healthy lifestyle changes for their patients. A modifiable Word document that you can adapt to your organization is also available.
- Walkability / Bikeability Checklist P-00399 (PDF, 416 KB): 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 your weightlifting activities.
- 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.
- Kid-Friendly Nutrition Education: Includes tips on healthy eating, interactive nutrition games, snack and recipe ideas
- Make Your Calories Count: An interactive learning program that gives consumers information to help plan a healthy diet while managing calorie intake. Learn how to use food labels to make decisions about which food choices are right for you.
- 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.
- Restaurants: A searchable list of Wisconsin restaurants that have healthy menu options.
- SuperTracker (diet analysis): This online dietary assessment provides information on your diet quality, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient information.
Physical Activity Resources
- Elliptical Trainer: How to select and use an elliptical trainer (PDF, 216 KB)
- Fitness Facility: How to select and use a fitness facility (PDF, 295 KB)
- Free Weights: How to select and use free weights (PDF, 239 KB)
- Home Weights: How to select and use home weights (PDF, 175 KB)
- Older Adults: Recommendations for Physical Activity for Those Over 50
- Pedometers: How to Use Pedometers as Part of a Walking Program F-40075 (PDF, 28 KB)
- Personal Trainer: How to select and use a personal trainer (PDF, 266 KB)
- Stationary Bicycle: How to select and use a stationary bicycle (PDF, 356 KB)
- Stair Climber: How to select and use a stair stepper/stair climber (PDF, 216 KB)
- Treadmill: How to select and use a home treadmill (PDF, 204 KB)
- Childhood Overweight Recommendations: Key recommendations on screening and interventions for overweight children and adolescents, including clinical considerations and future research directions.
- Data: Basic Facts on U.S. and Wisconsin Physical Activity and Obesity
- Graphs: Basic Graphs Showing U.S. and Wisconsin Physical Activity and Obesity Data
- Healthfinder: Guide to reliable health information on prevention, wellness, diseases and conditions, and access to a medical dictionary (In Spanish and English).
- Obesity trends: CDC overview of obesity trends including maps showing visual evidence of the increase in obesity.
- Overweight and Obesity CDC Home Page
- Schools: What Works in Schools P-40132 (PDF, 177 KB): A summary of evidence-based or promising strategies to get students and staff to eat well and be active.
- Teenagers Guide to Better Health: Provides basic tips on healthy eating and being physically active.
- Weighing and Measuring in Schools P-40152 (PDF, 1.69 MB): This document has been developed with the following objectives: 1) to help schools to be better informed when deciding whether or not to weigh and measure students; 2) to provide guidance and policy recommendations to schools that choose to weigh and measure students: and 3) to provide resources for schools to create environments supportive of healthy lifestyles. To order a hard copy, contact Mary Pesik.
- What Works in After-school P-00475 (PDF, 261 KB): A two-page summary of effective strategies in the after-school setting.
- What Works in Early Care and Education (child care) P-00232 (PDF, 207 KB): A two-page summary of evidence-based and promising strategies that focus on helping preschool children eat healthier and be more active in the child care setting.
- What Works in Health Care P-40142 (PDF, 360 KB): A four-page summary of evidence-based and promising strategies that focus on helping people eat healthier and be more active in the health care setting.
- What Works in Schools P-40132 (PDF, 503 KB): A summary of evidence-based or promising strategies to get students and staff to eat well and be active.
- What Works in Worksites P-40133 (PDF, 480 KB): A two-page summary of evidence-based and promising strategies that focus on helping people eat healthier and be more active in the workplace.
Physical Activity Resources
- Benefits of Physical Activity
- Children, Recommendations for Physical Activity (PDF, 232 KB)
- Family Physical Activity Information
- Physical Activity CDC Home page
- Walk to School Information
- CDC Physical Activity Recommendations
- Breastfeeding: Information and Materials
- Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020: 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, 2.7 MB): 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 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.
- Fruit and Veggies: More Matters: Information on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption; Fruits and Veggies: More Matters promotion.
- School Snacks: Healthy school snack ideas for parents, teachers, after school programs, and other caregivers. (PDF, 370 KB)
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
- Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin: Information on bicycling events and opportunities in Wisconsin.
- Safe Routes to Schools: Learn more about how to establish a Safe Routes to School program for your school or district.
External Resources: Nutrition
- National Eating Disorder Association: Provides information on detecting eating disorders such as anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia.
- CDC Nutrition Home Page
- Weighing the Claims in Diet Ads: A reference guide from the Federal Trade Commission on evaluating weight loss claims.
- Weight Control Information Network: Provides health professionals and consumers with evidence-based information on obesity, weight control, and nutrition.