Links and Resources
Want more information to help you get fit? Visit these websites for resources, tips, and helpful hints to keep yourself and your family healthy.
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- Diabetes Information If you or someone you know is dealing with diabetes, or trying to prevent the onset of diabetes, visit the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention's diabetes website for help at www.cdc.gov/diabetes. You can get information about your own personal diabetes risk as well as statistics, research, and educational publications.
- American Diabetes Association Are you at risk for diabetes? Healthy eating and regular exercise can help delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Test and get more great information about diabetes at the American Diabetes Association's website at www.diabetes.org.
- National Diabetes Education Program Get Fit Tennessee is about taking small steps toward better health every day. We know it's hard to get started, so just start where you are! To find out how to take those small steps, check out the National Institute's of Health's National Diabetes Education Program at www.ndep.nih.gov. You can learn more about their “Small Steps...Big Rewards” campaign to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
- Healthiest Nation Alliance
The Healthiest Nation Alliance is a group of local, state, and national entities who have joined forces to build an integrated 21st century health system to help lead the U.S. to becoming the healthiest nation in the world.
The vision of the Alliance is an integrated national system where the participants value health and work together to achieve optimal health for all, and creating a comprehensive system that prioritizes prevention and protects people and communities from emerging threats.
The three initial members are the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. We are actively engaging partners from a variety of fields, including public health, medicine, third party payors, business, policy, government and academia.
The Healthiest Nation Alliance website features important statistical information about the toll poor health choices has made in the U.S., and a powerful video to inspire you and your loved ones to get involved, get moving, and get fit!
- Reader's Digest Living Healthy Online
Reader’s Digest has a new, Living Healthy online website, with free resources on wellness and prevention, weight loss and exercise, healthy eating, ailments, and family and relationships.
Reader's Digest is committed to providing the same level of quality, up to date, informational, and reputable content that you have enjoyed through their publications for over 85 years on their new website.
- ChooseMyPlate.gov Check out www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to help you determine which foods you need to eat each day, how many servings from each food group, and how many calories you should consume. Learn about all the colorful foods that make up a healthy rainbow of options. The MyPlate personalized Daily Food Plan will create a nutrition plan just for you, based on your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level.
- Fruits & Veggies—More Matters™ Program Are you ready to eat a rainbow of colorful foods? Check out the national Fruits & Veggies—More Matters™ Program website at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. Here you can find tips, recipes, coloring sheets for children, and information about how to help your family eat more fruits and vegetables. There’s also a “Mom2Mom” section where you can chat with other parents about family nutrition.
- USDA "Eat Smart. Play Hard." ™ Getting fit is all about healthy eating and daily exercise. To help you get started check out the U.S.D.A.'s “Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ website at www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardhealthylifestyle. You’ll find healthy recipes, simple tips for eating healthier and increasing your physical activity, and how to be a healthy role model for children.
- Nutrition Information To get fit, we need to think about our whole body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's nutrition website can help you. Check out www.cdc.gov/nutrition for information on a variety of nutrition topics, including nutrition information for children, and how to keep your heart, bones, and whole body healthy for a lifetime.
- American Dietetic Association Eating right can help you live a healthier life and get fit! The American Dietetic Association's website www.eatright.org has some great tips to help you make healthy meal choices and learn more about nutrition for yourself or the whole family. You can even use the site to locate a Registered Dietitian in your area.
Heart Health/Stroke Prevention
- American Heart Association Healthy eating and regular physical activity can help you keep your heart strong for life. Find out how to lower your cholesterol and triglycerides, which both contribute heart problems, with help from the American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org. You’ll find information about a variety of heart-healthy topics, as well as information for parents and children, and a link to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. You can even build a personalized grocery list with certified heart-healthy foods that you can print and take with you to the grocery store.
- Heart-Healthy Information
The Center's for Disease Control and Prevention wants to keep you and your heart healthy, too. For more about heart disease, including information about risks, symptoms, and prevention, visit the CDC's heart-healthy home page at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease. You’ll find helpful tips, fact sheets, and answers to questions about the most common forms of heart disease.
The CDC also has a website to help you with stroke prevention. Check out that site at www.cdc.gov/stroke.
- Girls' Health Hey, girls, this link is for you! Check out www.girlshealth.gov for information on health issues facing teen girls, including nutrition, fitness, smoking prevention, safety, and body image.
- Body and Mind Looking for other resources for healthy children and teens? Visit the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention's Body and Mind website at www.bam.gov. This kid-friendly site includes information, games, and activities on many health topics including nutrition, physical activity, and disease prevention.
- Tennessee Coordinated School Health
The Office of Coordinated School Health (OCSH) was established by the Tennessee Department of Education in February, 2001. The primary mission of the office is to improve student health outcomes as well as support the connection between good health practices, academic achievement, and lifetime wellness.
OCSH partners with the Tennessee Department of Health - Office of School Health. With the passage of TCA 49-1-1002 in 2000, authorization and funding for CSH was established. Additional funding has been provided by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Smoking & Tobacco If you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking, that's a great first step! Find information on the health effects of smoking and tobacco use at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco. This website has information for children and adults on the dangers of smoking and smokeless tobacco, as well as information on the dangers of secondhand smoke.
- Smoking & Tobacco If you live in Tennessee and you're looking to quit smoking, the Tennessee Department of Health is here to help you do it! Check out http://health.state.tn.us/tobaccoquitline.htm for information on connecting to a free, "quit coach" and other resources available through our toll-free hotline at: 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
If you need help with weight management or you're looking for nutrition information and tips for a healthier lifestyle, another link outside of Get Fit Tennessee that can help you is http://win.niddk.nih.gov. It is the website for the Weight Information Network of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
- Overweight and Obesity We all know that it is important to get fit for life! For information about the health and economic consequences of obesity, as well as state and national statistics, visit the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention's website at www.cdc.gov/overweight.
- Tennessee Healthy Weight Network The Tennessee Healthy Weight Network is a public/private partnership composed of 27 organizations and agencies around the state, including the Tennessee Department of Health, to help you get fit! Check out their website to find helpful resources in your neighborhood at http://tnhealthyweight.org.