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Nutritional Interactive Tools

Animation

  • Cholesterol - Cholesterol is essential to life. But too much cholesterol in the blood is linked heart disease and stroke. Watch this Cholesterol animation to learn how cholesterol works in the body and what steps you can take to make healthy lifestyle changes.

  • Diabetes Detective: Examining the Evidence - Research tells us it’s possible to prevent or delay the development of diabetes. View the Diabetes Detective to discover the facts that everyone needs to know.

  • Diabetes Detective: Uncovering the Complications - Diabetes can affect vital organs such as the eyes, the heart and blood vessels, the kidneys, and the nerves. Research demonstrates that taking preventive action can slow progression of this disease. View Diabetes Detective: Uncovering the Complications to discover ways to positively affect your health.

Calculator

  • Adult BMI Calculator - Experts are increasingly urging people to know their BMI, a figure that takes into account not just weight but also height to indicate body fat.

  • Adult Body Mass Tool - Don’t just trust your scale to tell you if you are too heavy. The tool uses not just what you weigh, but also how tall you are. The goal for most people is a score between 18 and 25.

  • Calorie Burn Rate Tool - The more active you are, the more calories you burn. Running or jogging, for instance, burns more calories than bowling.

  • Target Heart Rate Calculator - Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity - running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise - is considered safe and effective.

  • Target Heart Rate Tool - Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity--running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise--is considered safe and effective.

Quizzes

  • Blood Pressure Quiz - Do you know your risk factors for high blood pressure? You can’t do anything about some risk factors. But other risk factors can be changed. Learn about the risk factors for high blood pressure by taking this quiz.

  • Caffeine Quiz - Is there a link between heavy caffeine consumption and osteoporosis? Find out when you take this quiz.

  • Calcium Quiz - True or false: If you don't get enough calcium in your diet, your body will take the calcium it needs from your bones.

  • Celiac Disease Quiz - Celiac disease is a digestive disease that can affect children and adults alike. Also known as celiac sprue ("sprue" means you can't absorb nutrients from food), this disease is the most common genetic disease in Europe and is considered significantly underdiagnosed in the United States. Learn more about the disease by taking this quiz.

  • Diabetes Quiz - More than 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and more than 5 million more have diabetes but don't realize it, according to the CDC. Yet diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

  • Diabetes: Test Your Knowledge - Early management and control of diabetes will help avoid complications that may arise later. This multiple-choice quiz will help you with important answers now.

  • Diet Quiz - At any given time, millions of people in the U.S. are trying to lose weight. They spend billions of dollars each year on weight-loss products and services. Learn more about diets and weight loss by taking this quiz.

  • Dietary Fiber Quiz - You hear a lot about fiber and why you need it. But what is it? Learn more about this important part of your diet by taking this quiz.

  • Dietary Guidelines Quiz - Find out how much you know about the newest dietary guidelines and how they differ from the old food pyramid.

  • Dietary Supplement Quiz - Many Americans take vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements every day without knowing enough to ensure optimum results.

  • Digestive System Quiz - What happens to that cheeseburger and fries you had for lunch? During the digestive process, food is converted into energy that's used by your body. Take this quiz to see how much you know about how digestion works.

  • Drinking Water Quiz - When you're thirsty for a drink of water, you probably turn on the tap, or open a container of bottled water. You may take for granted the quality of the water you drink. but water safety can vary from place to place. Find out more about drinking water by taking this quiz, based on information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Eating Disorders Quiz - Many of us turn to dieting to shed a few extra pounds, but for some people, dieting becomes an obsession that turns into an eating disorder. This quiz provides helpful information on eating disorders.

  • Fats in Foods Quiz - How much do you really know about those fat globules lurking in your food? Take this quiz and find out.

  • Fats Quiz - Fats are important to your diet, as are carbohydrates and proteins. Certain types of fats are better for you than others and eating too much of any kind of fat can pack on the pounds.

  • Fiber Quiz - How much fiber should you consume? Is there more than one kind of fiber? What foods contain fiber? Test your knowledge about fiber by taking the Fiber Quiz.

  • Food Allergy Quiz - Do you or does someone in your family have a food allergy? Take this quiz and learn how to better cope with this condition.

  • Food Poisoning Quiz - True or false: Perishable foods should not be left at room temperature longer than two hours.

  • Food Quiz - Answer this one: Which ethnic food offers healthy, low-fat choices?

  • Food Safety Quiz - Each year, millions of Americans become ill from foodborne illnesses and thousands die. To help prevent foodborne illness, you can take steps to ensure the safety of the food you eat. To learn more about food safety, take this quiz.

  • Herb and Spice Quiz - True or false: When I use herbs and spices, I don’t need to worry about following strict rules about combining certain herbs and spices with certain foods.

  • Mercury in Fish Quiz - Answer this one: Mercury in its elemental form is relatively nontoxic. In the environment, however, the elemental form of mercury is transformed into an organic form, which is easily absorbed by living things. This organic form, which builds up in the body, is called what?

  • Miracle Diet Quiz - Dieting is temporary when it comes to losing weight. To keep weight off you actually have to change your lifestyle. Why is it so hard? For one thing, we may not know as much as we think. Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

  • Nutrition and Cancer Quiz - True or false: Studies suggest that people who consume lots of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin A, and carotenoids) from food sources have a lower cancer risk.

  • Nutrition Quiz for Seniors - Eating a healthy diet is essential for people of every age. But as you age, doing so is especially important. To assess how much you know about good nutrition, take this quiz.

  • Obesity Basics: What Is It? How Is It Treated? - There is an epidemic of obesity in this country, health experts say. But what is obesity? How is it measured?

  • Organic Foods Quiz - Organic ingredients are grown and processed without artificial additives and used in a wide variety of products. Find out more about organic foods by taking this quiz.

  • Senior Fitness Quiz - You don't have to be reminded about the aging process. It's inevitable. But just because you're over 50 doesn't mean you can't be fit. Learn more about senior fitness by taking this quiz.

  • The Activity Quiz - Ready to start exercising, but don't know where to start? This quiz from the AARP can get you off on the right foot.

  • Trans Fat Facts and Fiction - Think all fats are alike? Think again. Take this quiz to learn about trans fats and their impact on your health.

  • Vitamins Quiz - Sometimes it's hard to keep your vitamin facts straight. How much vitamin A do you need? What's the best source of Vitamin C? Here's a quiz that offers a chance to learn something different about vitamins.

  • Weight-Training Safety Quiz - Many Americans are starting weight-training (or resistance-training) programs to improve their health and fitness. The following quiz can help you determine if you know enough about strength training to start a program yourself.

  • Weighty Questions - Answer this one: An overweight person with high blood pressure should pay more attention to a low-sodium diet than to weight reduction.

  • What Do You Know About Holiday Sweets and Treats? - If you want to eat healthy, is it necessary to cut out all those tempting treats and snacks? Take this quiz to find out.

Videos

  • Cholesterol Screening - Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones and to keep your cells healthy. Cholesterol comes from two sources: your liver and your diet. However, if your diet exceeds the body’s need for cholesterol or saturated fats, your cholesterol level in your blood will increase. This video discusses treatments and lifestyle changes that may be prescribed by your doctor.

  • Obesity - People can become obese by taking in more calories than they burn. Obesity also appears to be influenced by genetics. This video discusses the health risks associated with obesity and what treatment and lifestyle changes are commonly recommended.

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