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The resources listed below provide links and contact information for organizations and agencies that offer additional information for the public about healthy food and beverage choices, physical activity, and other related health topics.

Federal Clearinghouses

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Information Service

    Office of Cancer Communications
    NCI Public Inquiries Office
    BG 9609 MSC 9760
    9609 Medical Center Drive
    Bethesda, MD 20892–9760
    1–800–4–CANCER (422–6237)
    Web: http://www.cancer.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov

    • The Live Help feature at this website allows interested parties to chat confidentially about general cancer questions and smoking cessation.
    • Provides press releases, fact sheets, and publications about cancer-related issues.
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

    NCCAM Clearinghouse
    P.O. Box 7923
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898–7923
    1–888–644–6226
    1–866–464–3615 (TTY)
    1–866–464–3616 (fax)
    Web: http://nccam.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@nccam.nih.gov

    • Conducts and supports research and training. Disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public.
  • National Diabetes Education Program

    One Diabetes Way
    Bethesda, MD 20814-9692
    301–496–3583
    1–888–693–6337 (to order materials)
    Web: http://www.yourdiabetesinfo.org  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: ndep@mail.nih.gov

    • A federally sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
    • Provides information for the general public and health professionals.
  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

    1 Information Way
    Bethesda, MD 20892–3560
    1–800–860–8747
    1–866–569–1162 (TTY)
    703–738–4929 (fax)
    Main Web: http://www.niddk.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Direct Web : http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov

    • Provides information about diabetes to health professionals, patients, and the public.
    • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.
  • National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

    2 Information Way
    Bethesda, MD 20892–3570
    1–800–891–5389
    1–866–569–1162 (TTY)
    703–738–4929 (fax)
    Main Web: http://www.niddk.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Direct Web: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov

    • Provides information on the prevention and management of digestive diseases to health professionals and the public.
    • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.
  • National Health Information Center

    Referral Specialist
    1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100
    Rockville, MD  20852
    240–453–8280
    240–453–8282 (fax)
    Web: http://www.health.gov/NHIC  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@nhic.org

    • A health information referral service that puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Information Center

    P.O. Box 30105
    Bethesda, MD 20824–0105
    301–592–8573 (Dial 7-1-1 for the Federal Relay Service)
    Main Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Direct Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/infoctr/index.htm  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: NHLBIinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov

    • Provides information about cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases to health professionals and the public.
    • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

    We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition)
    Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/ obesity/wecan  Exit Disclaimer

    • A program of NHLBI, in collaboration with NIDDK and NCI, that helps parents and families encourage their children to eat healthfully and be more physically active.
  • National Institute on Aging

    Building 31, Room 5C27
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    301–496–1752
    1–800–222–2225
    1–800–222–4225 (TTY)
    301–496–1072 (fax)
    Web: http://www.nia.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research; provides research training; and disseminates research findings and health information on aging processes, diseases, and other special problems and needs of older people.
  • National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Program

    P.O. Box 2577
    Kensington, MD 20891
    1–888–644–2667
    Web: http://www.consensus.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: consensus@mail.nih.gov

    • Provides National Institutes of Health consensus statements on biomedical technologies to health professionals and the public.
  • National Institute of Mental Health

    Science Writing, Press, and Dissemination Branch
    6001 Executive Boulevard
    Room 6200, MSC 9663
    Bethesda, MD 20892–9663
    301–443–4513
    1–866–615–NIMH (6464)
    1–866–415–8051 (TTY toll-free)
    301–443–8431 (TTY)
    301–443–4279 (fax)
    Web: http://www.nimh.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov

    • Provides information about mental health, including eating disorders, to health professionals and the public. 
    • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.
  • Office of Minority Health

    Resource Center
    P.O. Box 37337
    Washington, D.C. 20013–7337
    1–800–444–6472
    301–251–2160 (fax)
    Web: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov

    • Provides information on minority health issues to health professionals.
    • Bilingual staff members are available to serve Spanish-speaking requestors.
  • The National Women's Health Information Center

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712E
    Washington, D.C.  20201
    1–800–994–9662
    1–888–220–5446 (TTY)
    202–260–6537 (fax)
    Web: http://www.womenshealth.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: womenshealth@hhs.gov

    • Provides a gateway to federal and other women’s health information resources.
  • Weight-control Information Network

    1 WIN Way
    Bethesda, MD 20892–3665
    1–877–946–4627
    202–828–1025
    202–828–1028 (fax)
    Web: http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov
    Email: WIN@info.niddk.nih.gov

    • 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.

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Other Federal Agencies

  • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034
    Alexandria, VA 22302–1594
    703–305–7600
    703–305–3300 (fax)
    Web: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    MyPlate
    1–888–779–7264
    Web: http://www.ChooseMyplate.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    SuperTracker
    Web: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: SuperTrackerHelp@cnpp.usda.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides information about nutrition and food selection, including dietary guidelines and healthy eating plans.
  • Federal Trade Commission

    Consumer Response Center
    600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20580
    202–326–2222
    1–866–653–4261 (TTY)
    1–877–FTC–HELP (1–877–382–4357)
    Web: http://www.ftc.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides the public and health professionals with information about weight-loss products and programs.
    • Develops materials to help identify health misinformation.
  • Food and Drug Administration

    Consumer Health Information
    Room 5377, Building 32
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD  20993
    1–888–INFO–FDA (1–888–463–6332)
    301–847–8622 (fax)
    Web: http://www.fda.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: ConsumerInfo@fda.hhs.gov

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    Outreach and Information Center (HFS-009)
    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    Food and Drug Administration
    5100 Paint Branch Parkway
    College Park, MD 20740
    1–888–SAFEFOOD (1–888–723–3366)
    Web: http://www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: consumer@fda.gov

    • Provides information and publications about food products and dietary supplements to health professionals and the public.

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
    Human Drug Information
    Division of Drug Information (CDER)
    Office of Communications
    10001 New Hampshire Avenue
    Hillandale Building, 4th Floor
    Silver Spring, MD  20993
    1–855–543–3784
    301–796–3400
    Web: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/default.htm  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: druginfo@fda.hhs.gov

    • Provides information and publications on drug-related subjects to health professionals and the public.
  • Healthfinder.gov

    National Health Information Center
    Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    1101 Wootton Parkway
    Rockville, MD 20852
    Web: http://healthfinder.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: healthfinder@hhs.gov

    • Provides information and tools to help stay healthy.
    • Provides resources on over 1,600 health topics selected from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities.
  • Let's Move!

    Web: http://www.letsmove.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Is an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
    • Provides caregivers, schools, and communities the tools, support, and information needed to make healthier choices.
  • National Center for Health Statistics

    3311 Toledo Road
    Room 5419
    Hyattsville, MD 20782
    301–458–4000
    1–800–232–4636
    Web : http://www.cdc.gov/nchs  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

    • Provides health statistics to the public and health professionals.
  • Office of Dietary Supplements

    National Institutes of Health
    6100 Executive Boulevard
    Room 3B01, MSC 7517
    Bethesda, MD 20892–7517
    301–435–2920
    301–480–1845 (fax)
    Web: http://dietary–supplements.info.nih.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: ods@nih.gov

    • Supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements.
    • Provides safety notices on dietary supplements.
  • President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

    1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 560
    Rockville, MD 20852
    240–276–9567
    240–276–9860 (fax)
    Web: http://www.fitness.gov  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: fitness@hhs.gov

    • Works to promote the development of physical fitness, facilities, and programs.
    • Offers a variety of testing, recognition, and incentive programs.

    The President's Challenge
    501 North Morton Street, Suite 203
    Bloomington, IN  47404
    1–800–258–8146
    812–855–8999 (fax)
    Web: https://www.presidentschallenge.org  Exit Disclaimer

    • Is a program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).
    • Provides fitness and activity resources, including guides for fitness and healthy eating and research updates from the PCFSN.
    • Sends a monthly e-newsletter with news, inspiring stories, and tips.

    Presidential Youth Fitness Program
    Web: http://www.presidentialyouthfitnessprogram.org  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@presidentialyouthfitnessprogram.org

    • Promotes health and regular physical activity for America's youth.
    • Offers materials for parents and students to help them be physically active, and resources for teachers to support quality physical education.
    • Provides tools to assess, teach, and motivate students to help them get and stay active.
  • United States Department of Agriculture

    1400 Independence Ave., SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250
    202–720–2791
    Web: http://www.usda.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
    • The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion releases the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans can be found online at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines.  Exit Disclaimer
    • Consumers are encouraged to refer to the newly released 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Guidelines can be found online at http://www.health.gov/paguidelines.  Exit Disclaimer

    USDA's Team Nutrition
    USDA Food and Nutrition Service
    3101 Park Center Drive, Room 632
    Alexandria, VA  22302
    703–305–1624
    703–305–2549 (fax)
    Web: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Focuses on the role nutritious school meals, nutrition education, and a health-promoting school environment play in helping students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity.

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Interactive Tools and Resources

  • Body Mass Index Calculator

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site allows users to calculate their body mass index, or BMI.
  • Get Moving Calculator

    Calorie Control Council
    http://www.caloriecontrol.org/exercalc.html  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site allows users to calculate the number of calories burned during physical activity.
  • Kidnetic

    International Food Information Council
    http://kidnetic.com Exit Disclaimer

    • This site promotes healthy eating and physical activity among children and their parents.
  • Rate Your Restaurant Diet

    Center for Science in the Public Interest
    http://www.cspinet.org/nah/quiz/index.html Exit Disclaimer

    • This interactive questionnaire helps users determine whether they make health food choices at restaurants.
  • MyPlate SuperTracker

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
    http://www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker-tools.html  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information about diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.
  • MyStart! Online

    American Heart Association
    http://www.mystartonline.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Features a free online walking guide, physical activity and nutrition tracker, healthy recipes, and sample stretches.
  • ChooseMyPlate.Gov

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
    http://www.choosemyplate.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • Visitors to this site receive personalized eating plans based on height, weight, sex, and age. There are specific sections for adults and children.
  • Nutrition Explorations

    National Dairy Council
    http://www.nutritionexplorations.org Exit Disclaimer

    • This site includes curricula for educators, games, recipes for parents, and a variety of teaching tools to promote good nutrition.
  • Farmers Markets Search

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site provides a directory of current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States.
  • MedlinePlus

    National Institutes of Health
    National Library of Medicine
    http://www.medlineplus.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site provides health information for consumers and health professionals.
  • Portion Distortion!

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center
    National Institutes of Health
    Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/ obesity/wecan/portion/index.htm  Exit Disclaimer

    • Shows the difference in size and calories between portions offered 20 years ago and what is often a standard serving today.
    • Contains tools that can be downloaded to help health educators and dietitians use this information with their clients: PowerPoint slides for each illustration, and a serving size card that shows appropriate serving sizes and can be used as a quick reference tool.
  • PubMed

    National Institutes of Health
    National Library of Medicine
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site is a research database.
  • ClinicialTrials.Gov

    National Institutes of Health
    National Library of Medicine
    http://clinicaltrials.gov  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines  Exit Disclaimer

    • This site provides a downloadable version of the most recent dietary guidelines.

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Non–Government Agencies by Health Topic

Topic: General

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

    National Headquarters
    141 Northwest Point Boulevard
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007–1098
    847–434–4000
    1–800–433–9016
    847–434–8000 (fax)
    Web: http://www.aap.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: kidsdoc@aap.org  Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides information and publications to promote the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • American Medical Association

    330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 39300
    Chicago, IL  60611–5885
    1–800–621–8335 (customer service)
    Web: http://www.ama-assn.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides information on various diseases, including diabetes, as well as general health information on nutrition and physical activity.
    • Offers a “physician finder” to help find information on physicians throughout the United States.
  • Health Power for Minorities

    3020 Glenwood Road
    Brooklyn, NY 11210
    718–434–8103
    718–434–8161 (fax)
    Web: http://www.healthpowerforminorities.com  Exit Disclaimer

    • Through its website, helps minority populations identify resources for health information.

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Topic: Diseases and Disorders

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators

    200 West Madison Street, Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60606
    1–800–338–3633
    312–424–2427 (fax)
    Web: http://www.diabeteseducator.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@aadenet.org

    • Works to improve the quality of diabetes education and care.
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators

    200 West Madison Street, Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60606
    1–800–338–3633
    312–424–2427 (fax)
    Web: http://www.diabeteseducator.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@aadenet.org

    • Works to improve the quality of diabetes education and care.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)

    Attn: Center for Information
    1701 North Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    1–800–DIABETES (1–800–342–2383)
    Web: http://www.diabetes.org  Exit Disclaimer
    Email: askada@diabetes.org

    • Provides information to the public on diabetes and related topics, including nutrition, exercise, and treatment.
    • ADA also offers patient referrals.
    • Operators and information are available in Spanish.
  • American Heart Association (AHA)

    National Center
    7272 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75231
    1–800–AHA–USA1 (1–800–242–8721)

    American Stroke Association
    1–888–4–STROKE (1–888–478–7653)
    Web: http://www.strokeassociation.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Distributes publications on diet, nutrition, weight reduction, and exercise to the public.
    • Cookbooks by the AHA are available at local bookstores.
    • Information is available in Spanish.
  • American Institute for Cancer Research

    1759 R Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    1–800–843–8114
    202–328–7744
    202–328–7226 (fax)
    Web: http://www.aicr.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: aicrweb@aicr.org

    • Provides research-based publications on nutrition and cancer prevention to health professionals and the public.
    • Offers medical and nutrition advice from a registered dietitian.
  • American Medical Association

    330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 39300
    Chicago, IL  60611–5885
    1–800–621–8335 (customer service)
    Web: http://www.ama-assn.org  Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides information on various diseases, including diabetes, as well as general health information on nutrition and physical activity.
    • Offers a “physician finder” to help find information on physicians throughout the United States.
  • American Public Health Association

    800 I Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    202–777–2742
    202–777–2500 (TTY)
    202–777–2534 (fax)
    Web: http://www.apha.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: comments@apha.org

    • Serves the public through its scientific and practice programs, publications, educational services, and advocacy efforts.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders

    55 Kenosia Avenue
    Danbury, CT 06813–1968
    1–800–999–6673 (voicemail only)
    203–797–9590 (TDD)
    203–744–0100
    203–798–2291 (fax)
    Web: http://www.rarediseases.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: orphan@rarediseases.org

    • Provides information on rare disorders to health professionals and the public. Maintains the Rare Disease Database.
  • National Rural Health Association

    4501 College Boulevard, #225
    Leawood, KS  66211–1921
    816–756–3140
    816–756–3144 (fax)
    Web: http://www.ruralhealthweb.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: mail@NRHArural.org

    • Provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas, information, research, and methods to improve rural health.

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Topic: Eating Disorders

  • Academy for Eating Disorders

    111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
    Deerfield, IL  60015
    847–498–4274
    847–480–9282 (fax)
    Web: http://www.aedweb.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@aedweb.org

    • Provides leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention.
    • Disseminates knowledge regarding eating disorders to members of the academy, other professionals, and the general public.
  • Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

    2923 Sandy Pointe, Suite 6
    Del Mar, CA 92014–2052
    858–792–7463
    858–220–7417 (fax)
    Web: http://www.edreferral.com Exit Disclaimer
    Email: edreferral@gmail.com

    • Provides information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders.
    • Provides referrals to eating disorder professionals, treatment facilities, support groups, etc.
    • Offers general information to inform the public about the treatment and prevention of eating disorders.
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders

    750 East Diehl Road #127
    Naperville, IL  60563
    630–577–1330 (helpline)
    Web: http://www.anad.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: anadhelp@anad.org
    • Operates a hotline (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) where information can be obtained on eating disorders, therapist referrals, and support groups.
  • National Eating Disorders Association

    165 West 46th Street
    New York, NY  10036
    212–575–6200
    212–575–1650
    Web: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@nationaleatingdisorders.org

    • Provides educational resources on eating disorders and their prevention for schools, health professionals, community organizations, and individuals.
  • Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.

    P.O. Box 44020
    Rio Rancho, NM  87174–4020
    505–891–2664
    505–891–4320 (fax)
    Web: http://www.oa.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Offers meetings around the world based on a 12-step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
    • Supports people who are recovering from compulsive overeating and other eating, physical activity, and weight-control behaviors that cause them stress and pain.
    • Identifies its primary purposes as helping members abstain from compulsive overeating and carrying the message of recovery to those who still suffer.

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Topic: Nutrition

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    (formerly the American Dietetic Association)

    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60606–6995
    312–899–0040
    1–800–877–1600
    312–899–4899 (fax)
    Web: http://www.eatright.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: findnrd@eatright.org (referral to dietitian)
    sales@eatright.org (publications)

    • Works to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest

    1220 L Street NW, Suite 300
    Washington, D.C.  20005
    202–332–9110
    202–265–4954 (fax)
    Web: http://www.cspinet.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: cspi@cspinet.org

    • Provides information on nutrition and health and food safety.
  • International Food Information Council Foundation

    1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    202–296–6540
    202–296–6547 (fax)
    Web: http://www.foodinsight.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@foodinsight.org
    • Provides information on food safety, food ingredients, and nutrition to health professionals and the public.
    • Single copies are available free of charge.
  • School Nutrition Association (SNA)

    120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300
    National Harbor, MD  20745
    301–686–3100
    301–686–3115 (fax)
    Web: http://www.schoolnutrition.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org

    • Helps its more than 55,000 school nutrition professional members provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.
    • Offers materials that promote school nutrition programs and healthy school meals.

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Topic: Obesity

  • Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)

    4511 North Himes Avenue, Suite 250
    Tampa, FL  33614
    800–717–3117
    813–872–7835
    813–873–7838 (fax)
    Web: http://www.obesityaction.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@obesityaction.org

    • Offers free educational resources on obesity, morbid obesity, and childhood obesity, in addition to consequences of and treatments for these conditions.
    • Conducts a variety of advocacy efforts throughout the United States on both the national and state levels and encourages individuals to become proactive advocates.
  • Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance

    Web: http://www.stopobesityalliance.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: obesity@gwu.edu

    • Works to reverse the nation's obesity trend and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
    • Researches barriers to weight loss and healthy weight.
    • Offers guides to help parents discuss weight and health with their children, as well as obesity fact sheets.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club

    4575 South Fifth Street
    P.O. Box 070360
    Milwaukee, WI  53207
    414–482–4620
    Web: http://www.tops.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: wondering@tops.org

    • Provides weight-loss support and education on healthy eating and regular physical activity.
    • Sponsors research to find obesity's root cause and treatment.
    • Offers materials and weekly support meetings in many states.
  • The Obesity Society

    8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1320
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    301–563–6526
    301–563–6595 (fax)
    Web: http://www.obesity.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Promotes education, research, and community action to improve the quality of life for people with obesity.
    • Develops, extends, and disseminates knowledge in the field of obesity.

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Topic: Obesity Treatment

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

    100 SW 75th Street, Suite 201
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    352–331–4900
    352–331–4975 (fax)
    Web: http://www.asmbs.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@asmbs.org

    • Works to improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases.
    • Strives to advance the science and understanding of metabolic surgery.
    • Fosters communication among health professionals on obesity and related conditions.
    • Advocates for health care policy that ensures patients access to high-quality prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians

    2821 South Parker Road, Suite 625
    Aurora, CO 80014
    1–877–266–6834
    303–770–2526
    303–779–4834 (fax)
    Web: http://www.asbp.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@asbp.org

    • Provides patient referrals to physicians who specialize in obesity.

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Topic: Physical Activity/Exercise

  • American College of Sports Medicine

    401 West Michigan Street
    Indianapolis, IN  46202–3233
    317–637–9200
    317–634–7817 (fax)
    Web: http://www.acsm.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides publications, audiotapes, and videotapes on physical fitness and weight loss to health professionals and the general public.
  • American Running Association

    4405 East-West Highway, Suite 405
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    1–800–776–2732
    301–913–9520 (fax)
    Web: http://www.americanrunning.org Exit Disclaimer

    • Provides information on exercise and nutrition to the public.

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Topic: Size Acceptance

  • Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Inc.

    P.O. Box 305
    Mount Marion, NY  12456
    845–679–1209
    845–679–1206 (fax)
    Web: http://www.cswd.org Exit Disclaimer
    Email: info@cswd.org

    • Provides information on eating disorders, “sizism,” the non-dieting movement, and size discrimination.
  • National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

    P.O. Box 4662
    Foster City, CA  94404–0662
    916–558–6880
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    • Provides support and attempts to eliminate discrimination against fat people.

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