Brought to you by Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site teaches the rank novice how to start and maintain a strength training program. This is a great starting place for overweight long-sedentary adults of any age.
Physical Activity for Everyone The U.S. government pays a large portion of the healthcare bill in the United States and realizes it will save money (and keep taxes lower) if more citizens would exercise. Here is the government's attempt to convince you to exercise, along with helpful tools to support your habit. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy: "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you: ask what you can do for your country…to minimize healthcare costs."
Shape Up America! "Founded in 1994, Shape Up America! is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue and to providing responsible information on healthy weight management." You will find detailed exercise advice, a resting metabolic rate calculator, a calculator to find how many calories you must eat to lose, gain, or maintain weight, and a calculator to estimate how many calories you burn in 40 different activities, including Frisbee and scrubbing floors. Sign up for a free email newsletter.
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NutritionData In addition to nutrient content of foods, this site has a combined body mass index calculator and "calories burned calculator," which predicts calories you will burn in most types of exercise, accounting for your weight, age, and sex. Another calculator allows you to determine nutrient content of your own recipes. Also find nutritional analysis of menu items at many fast food restaurants.
Allrecipes.com "Devoted to a community of home cooks," this site has over 30,000 free recipes with detailed nutritional analysis, including calories per serving. Numerous Mediterranaen-style dishes (enter search word "Mediterranean"). Check out the "healthy living collection." You will find more than recipes, such as tips on selecting and cooking fresh fish.
Clifford A. Wright This cook and writer specializes in regional cuisines of the Mediterranean region, with emphasis on culinary history. You will find some recipes here along with historical articles and numerous helpful Internet links.
MediterrAsian.com This site documents parallels between the Mediterranean and many traditional Asian cuisines and lifestyles. Healthy recipes here generally adhere to my recommendations.
Food.com (formerly Recipezaar) Need a recipe for whole wheat pancakes? You'll find several at this free site, among the 200,000 other recipes and 13,000 cookbooks. The recipes are rated by website users who have prepared the dishes submitted for publication by other users. Most recipes are provided with nutritional analysis per serving: calories, calories from fat, amounts of various fats, cholesterol, total carbohydrates, several vitamins and minerals. Also find discussion boards.
The Whole Grains Council Learn more about the benefits of various whole grains and how to find whole grain products. Many recipes here, plus links to hundreds of recipes at other sites.
VideoJug - Life Explained. On Film Do you learn easier by watching and listening than by reading? It's often true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here you can watch a video of someone preparing salad nicoise, a vinaigrette, or hundreds of other recipes. Check out the Mediterranean subsection under "Food." And it's free.
All matters regarding your health require supervision by a personal physician or other appropriate health professional familiar with your current health status. Always consult your personal physician before making any dietary or exercise changes.