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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Resources

Food and Nutrition

Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice:
Nutrition for Diabetes Prevention and Care.
The 2011 Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice: Nutrition for Diabetes Prevention and Care [PDF – 405 KB] gives programs guidance on improving: nutrition for diabetes care and prevention through education; provision of food; food gathering or preservation instruction; and evaluation of program successes and outcomes. This best practice recommends nutrition for any individual with diabetes or at risk for diabetes.

Strengthen the Family Circle.
Strengthen the Family Circle [PDF – 1.1 MB]—the Native American adaptation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans—features emotion-based messages and materials, including tips for healthy eating by American Indians and Alaska Natives.

MyPlate and ChooseMyPlate.gov.
The federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, is intended to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (listed below). ChooseMyPlate.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities. The Dietary Guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. They provide authoritative advice for people 2 years and older about how dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

Weight-control Information Network.
WIN Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Government’s lead agency responsible for biomedical research on nutrition and obesity. WIN provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
Two members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe harvest wild rice. ChooseMyPlate.gov.
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