Per the USDA, “Since 2011, SuperTracker has provided 27 million users with the ability to track their food and physical activity to support a healthier lifestyle. Since that time, the private sector has launched many great tools that have a shared mission. It is time for us to discontinue SuperTracker so that we can invest in more modern and efficient ways to help Americans find a healthy eating style that is right for them. As part of USDA’s commitment to ensure that all of our programs are delivered efficiently and effectively, the Food and Nutrition Service will be discontinuing its SuperTracker application on June 30, 2018.
We have committed to maintaining the SuperTracker and its components through the end of the 2017-2018 school year (June 30, 2018) because we know that SuperTracker has been integral to nutrition education in schools. This includes the Challenges and Groups, Food-a-pedia, the Body Weight Planner, and the electronic versions of the Presidential Champions and PALA+ programs.
USDA continues to provide a wealth of information to help individuals find and maintain a healthy eating style that meets their unique needs through ChooseMyPlate.gov.
SuperTracker Discontinuation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please email us with any other questions you may have related to the discontinuing of the SuperTracker website at SuperTrackerHelp@cnpp.usda.gov.”
American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
Central Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
Pittsburgh Dietetic Association
Philadelphia Dietetic Association
Northeast Dietetic Association
Northwest Pennsylvania Dietetic Association(NWPDA)
Map of PADA District Dietetic Associations and websites
How to Join the PADA Listserv
General Nutrition Information & Government Agencies
www.choosemyplate.gov MyPlate is a dietary tool developed by the United States Department of Agriculture that illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal.
www.cdc.gov CDC.gov is online source of credible heath information from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Designed for researchers, students, and any one interested in health, the website includes a variety on topics including statistics, traveler’s health, disease conditions, and more.
health.nih.gov The National Institute of Health is one of the world’s largest funding and medical researches sources. General information, funding resources, and links to the latest research can all be found through their website.
www.foodsafety.gov Foodsafety.gov’s purpose is to provide consumers with information on healthy food practices and sanitation requirements. It also works to keep the public informed and alerted to the most recent food recalls.
ods.od.nih.gov The Office of Dietary Supplements is a branch of the NIH. Their website includes the most current research and information available on dietary supplements of all sorts.
www.diabetes.org Basic information, current research, and lifestyle tips pertaining to diabetes can all be found at diabetes.org. The site is hosted by the American Diabetes Association whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes as well as improves the lives of those already diagnosed.
www.cancer.org/Healthy/index This site provides healthy lifestyle information specifically geared towards cancer patients and survivors. As part of the American Cancer Society site, it gives information on nutrition guidelines for cancer prevent and also includes fact sheets, presentations, and other resources for health professionals.
www.celiac.com Scott Adams, a man living with celiac founded Celiac.com. He made this site with the purpose of helping people living with celiac disease get the information and resources they need to live a happy gluten-free life.
Practice & Clinical Aids
www.rd411.com Developed by RD’s for RDs, rd411 is a popular resource for evidence-based tools so dietitians and other health professionals can become more efficient. Site resources include downloadable educational materials, online forums, dietetic job postings, and a professional directory.
www.nutritioncare.org A.S.P.E.N.’s mission is to improve “patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy.” The society’s website provides access to their journals, nutrition support guidelines, continuing education resources as well as a place to order books and resources online.
www.nationaldairycouncil.org The National Dairy Council has become a take a leader in the fight against poor nutrition, inactivity, and overweight/obesity in children with years of nutrition research and the development of in-school programs.
www.actionforhealthykids.org “Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn.”
Kids Guide to Nutrition and Dental Health – http://www.americandentalctr.
Latest Nutrition Trends
www.eatingwell.com EatingWell.com is the content-rich website from the popular award-winning magazine and media group, providing high-quality food and nutrition articles and information.
www.todaysdietitian.com Today’s Dietitian features timely articles on a wide range of nutrition topics – including culinary trends, long-term care issues, new products and technologies, clinical concerns, career strategies, and research updates.
Nutrition Education Resources
Use these guidelines as a reference when teaching patients with low health literacy: Guidelines for Teaching Patients with Low Health Literacy
The Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP) at Penn State Hershey
(formerly Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition & Activity) nrgBalance is a program of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Get information on nrgBalance initiatives; news and information related to childhood obesity prevention, nutrition, and physical activity; and grant and award opportunities.
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League’s campaign to energize kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.
The NFL has partnered with organizations such as the National Dairy Council and the American Heart Association to bring programs like the PLAY 60 Challenge and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 to your school.
Kohl’s Healthy Choices for Healthy Families Program
In an effort to stem the rise in childhood obesity, the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has partnered with Kohl’s Department Store to create Kohl’s Healthy Choices for Healthy Families.
Monthly School Wellness Messages
WISE SNAC® is a program of the Health Promotion Council in collaboration with
the North Penn, Souderton Area and Wissahickon School Districts and made
possible through funding by the North Penn Community Health Foundation.
Monthly School Wellness Messages: February NOW Available
The monthly messages can be used in newsletters, as mornin gannouncements, and as take-home flyers for families.
Download February’s school wellness message, “Quick and Healthy FamilyMeals”.
WISE SNAC’s monthly health messages, geared toward schools and families, are available each month from September through June.
Check the The Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP) at Penn State Hershey
for information about more monthly health messages.
Partners in Health
Kohl’s Cares® – Cause Merchandise Program
Kohl’s sells kid-friendly cause merchandise, with 100 percent of the net profit donated to support kids’ health and education initiatives in communities nationwide.
Since 2000, more than $180 million has been raised through our Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program.
Shop online or visit a Kohl’s near you to purchase these great Kohl’s Cares® items and help kids in yourcommunity.
Learntobehealthy.org – Health Science Education Resources for Educators & Families
LearntobeHealthy.org is an online health science learning site designed to help educators and parents communicate important health concepts to students. The site contains comprehensive lesson plans, interactive games and activities, webquests and more. The goal of the site is to inspire students – and their families – to make healthy choices that will last a lifetime.
LearntobeHealthy.org has everything needed to easily implement health education in the classroom. Their collection of kits includes web-based health science education activities with accompanying lesson plans, supplemental worksheets and paper-based activities. These materials can be utilized in the classroom, in after-school programs, in community centers and at home.
New Grants Available at USDA Farm to School
Check out the grants section of the USDA Farm to School website, which has been updated to include an extensive list of Farm to School related funding opportunities by USDA and other Federal agencies. The information is organized by target audience, which includes farmers,schools and community, and can be accessed through the following webpage: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/f2s-grants.htm
Fuel Up to Play 60 Funding Opportunities
Funding is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 during the 2011-2012 school year. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jump start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.
Whether you’re just starting out with Fuel Up to Play 60 or looking to expand and extend an initiative that’s already in motion, funding opportunities can help.
You can find background information, eligibility and funding guidelines, judging criteria, an online application, and lots of ideas about how to use funds to support your program based on examples from other schools – even step-by-step guidance on how to apply for funds on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website.
There will be several application deadlines this year – but the sooner you apply, the sooner your school can be considered for funding to support your Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Remember: Your school must be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 for the 2011-2012 school year to be eligible to apply for funds. Enroll today.
Finish Line Youth Foundation
Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in the following areas:
- Youth athletic programs – Community-based programs addressingactive lifestyle and team building skills.
- Camps- Established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle,especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids.
Do Something Grants
Learn more at: http://www.dosomething.org/grants.
The Spark Grant-Finder Tool
The SPARK Grant-Finder Tool is your best resource for locating national and state-specific grants for your Physical Education, After school, Early childhood or Coordinated School Health program. Grants can be used for curriculum, teacher training, or equipment. For additional information visit:http://www.sparkpe.org/grants/grantfunding-resources/