Resources for Smarter Nutrition (02)

Tools for Nutrition Education
Are you a health coach or a nutrition teacher? The USDA and the Food and Nutrition Service has provided three important resources that you can go to for information, learning materials and even creative ideas on presenting various nutrition topics. The first is, which offers guides on healthy eating, online tools and more. Next is Team Nutrition, which supports and provides extensive information on child nutrition program. Then there is also SNAP-Ed, which offers tools to help people stretch their food budget, handouts, and teaching curricula, as well as educational materials for coaches and teachers.

Kidney Health and Kidney Disease Basics
If youíre interested in learning about kidneys and possible disorders involving the kidneys, you can turn to this page on Healthline for information. It talks about the types and causes of kidney disease, the most common of which is chronic kidness disease, a long-term condition that doesn't improve over time. Also covered are kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease and urinary tract infections. The article discusses symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. There's also discussion on prevention, which includes controlling blood sugar and blood pressure, reducing salt intake, and to quit smoking. You should also be careful with over-the-counter drugs, drink plenty of water, and limit certain foods.

Harvesting Nutritional Food—And Finding It
This site gives consumers a nutritional food locator, and shows the best organic food and markets that are close to home. You can find the best farmers markets and other places to buy fresh produce and meats, as well as other goodies. A section of featured products from the siteís online store is included, as well as a forum, event listing and informational newsletter. A section of photos of nutritious foods is included.

Drink Yourself Skinny with Calcium?
They say that calcium can help you lose weight and prevent colon cancer. This article on says that diets high in calcium are associated with reduced rates of being overweight or obese. It explains Robert Heaney, M.D., saying that women with higher daily calcium intakes donít gain weight while those with lower calcium intakes gain about a pound a year—and it all goes to their waists. The doctor notes you have to cut back on calories to lose weight with calcium intake.

Osteoporosis and Nutrition
With so many women developing osteoporosis, itís important to take some nutritional steps to prevent the condition. This site has information on calcium supplements, calcium citrate, calcium carbonate, Vitamin D and osteoporosis, lactose intolerance, soy and osteoporosis, coral calcium and Vitamin K. calcium not only builds bones, but it helps maintain your heartbeat and can regulate blood pressure, help your nerve system function, and it may even relieve premenstrual syndrome. New studies even say it can reduce colon polyps. It includes a section about common calcium-rich foods, such as dairy, soy and canned fish. A great resource for women who want to prevent osteoporosis.

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