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Organizations and Agencies

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
AND (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Their site contains continuing education resources, advocacy and policy information, and food and nutrition information for consumers and professionals.

California Coordinating Office for Obesity Prevention (CO-OP)
The mission of the California Coordinating Office for Obesity Prevention (CO-OP) is to reduce the prevalence of obesity and its associated health risks in California through promotion of physical activity and health eating, as well as address the societal, technological, and environmental influences on obesity. Site includes the California Obesity Prevention Plan, a document which lays out the steps needed to address the obesity epidemic.

California Dietetic Association
"This site was designed to share our expertise in the field of nutrition and to assist health care professionals and consumers in finding reliable nutrition information." Includes professional practice information and more.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (University of Minnesota)
CIDRAP focuses on food safety, biosecurity, and bioterrorism, emphasizing public health preparedness. They do this by "mining and rapidly disseminating comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-the-minute biomedical knowledge with emphasis on practical Internet-based information designed for immediate use in applied settings," as well as by conducting research, and by providing consultation and educational services.

ConsumersUnion: Food
Information on organic food, regulation, contamination, and more.

A joint effort of the University of Maryland and the US Food and Drug Administration, the Clearinghouse aims to assist those involved with the many aspects of risk analysis as it pertains to food safety. The site provides terminology definitions, completed and ongoing food safety risk assessments, online tutorials, a list of databases, and more.

International Food Information Council Foundation
"IFIC's mission is to communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition to health and nutrition professionals, educators, journalists, government officials and others providing information to consumers. IFIC is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries."
» IFIC's Food Safety and Nutrition Information

Network for a Healthy California (CDPH)
"The Network represents a statewide movement of local, state and national partners collectively working toward improving the health status of low-income Californians through increased fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity." Created in 1997, the Network's partners include the USDA, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, California Center for Research on Women and Families, California Department of Education, California Department of Food and Agriculture, among many others. The Network's web page includes links to trainings, publications and reports, funding opportunities, guidelines, and resources. From here you can find local success stories, statewide surveys, TV and Spanish radio ads, and a link to the Network for a Healthy California's GIS Map Viewer with mappable data such as demographics, WIC grocery stores, and nutrition programs.

Nutrition from the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
A collaboration of US government agencies, public health organizations and health science libraries provide this listing of nutrition resources. This directory includes links to associations and organizations, data and statistics, grants and funding and much more.

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization
Provides access to FAOSTAT, the online searchable database of international statistics for the following areas: Food Supply, Food Security, Trade, Prices, and more NOTE: The free version of the database allows for limited downloads of up to 4000 records. For unlimited and "bulk" downloads a userid and password are required. Ask at any reference desk for assistance. Also available is the FAO Statistical Yearbook.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service
USDA's chief scientific research agency.
» What We Eat in America: The dietary intake interview component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). All data descriptions and data are available for download.

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
» Includes Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Economic Research Service
ERS' program encompasses research, analyses of food and commodity markets, policy studies, and development of economic and statistical indicators. The site contains data sets and publications on diet, consumption, and health; food and nutrition assistance programs; food safety; natural resources, environment, and conservation; food prices; trade; and more.

ERS Briefing Rooms
Briefing Rooms offer in depth discussions synthesizing ERS research and the economic issues that frame the analysis. Topics include Child Nutrition Programs, Farm Labor, Diet and Health, Food Security in the United States, and Race and Ethnicity in Rural America.

Food and Nutrition Service
Through food assistance and nutrition education for consumers, FNS encourages consumers to make healthful food choices and to empower consumers with knowledge of the link between diet and health, providing dietary guidance based on research.
» Includes Team Nutrition: an integrated, behavior-based, comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of the nation's school children. TN develops curriculum materials and promotes training and support at the state and local levels.

Food and Nutrition Information Center
FNIC collects and disseminates information about food and human nutrition. Their web site offers access to numerous resources, including Healthy Meals Resource System and the WIC Works Resource System.

Food Environment Atlas
The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: Food Choices—indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food; Health and Well-Being—indicators of the community’s success in maintaining healthy diets; and Community Characteristics. Results can be viewed by selected indicators for the US or specific states, with details available for each county. Data can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet.

Food Surveys Research Group (FSRG)
Part of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC), which conducts research for the USDA. Includes summary information on the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes By Individiuals, the Diet and Health Knowledge Survey, Nationwide Food Consumption Survey, and a bibliography of journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations that use the USDA Nationwide Food Surveys Data.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
This database is provided by the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL), which responsible for providing information on the nutrient content of foods consumed in the United States. The database of over 7,500 food products can be searched and/or downloaded.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Includes information on Cosmetics, Labeling and Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements.

World Health Organization

Food Safety
The FSP's main activities include capacity building in food safety system, chemical hazards in food supply, food derived from biotechnology, surveillance of foodborne disease. Reports, brochures, and fact sheets are available full-text.

Nutrition for Health and Development
Site contains many documents on nutrition topics, such as micronutrient deficiencies, nutritional assessment monitoring, nutrition education, and more.

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
"The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma." Site includes some publications back to 2006 with searching available by topic, year, or author; a link to podcasts; a legislation database; policy briefs and reports; and a monthly newsletter.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Agricola (1970 to present)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Covers books and journal articles. Some state agricultural and USDA publications are available from the early 1900s. Subjects include agriculture, agricultural economics, nutrition, and soil science.

California Food Guide: Fulfilling the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
This 2008 update to the 1990 version was written by nutrition experts from across California. The CFG is for health professionals such as public health nutritionists, registered dieticians, health educators and other community based health professionals. It includes statistical information comparing California's nutritional health status to the Healthy People 2010 goals. Chapters cover specific nutrition topics such as whole grains and other food groups, prenatal nutrition, physical activity, ethnic dietary issues, and hunger and food insecurity.

Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System
Search here for legislation and regulations by state regarding nutrition, obesity, and physical activity. You may limit your search to a particular topic such as bicycling, farm direct foods, school nutrition, and many others. You may also select a setting of interest, such as school, work, or community. The database covers policies back to 2001. Click on the plus next to the policy title to find the bill number, bill sponsor, and an abstract. Click View Details here to see the bill's history.

Cost of Food at Home (USDA)
Provides weekly and monthly charts with the average costs of food at home by four levels: thrifty, low-cost, moderate, and liberal, with further break-downs by age and gender. Alaska and Hawaii have separate bi-annual charts.

Defect Levels Handbook (FDA)
This list is compiled from FDA's Compliance Policy Guides on established "current levels for natural or unavoidable defects in food for human use that present no health hazards."

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011 from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
This site shows obesity rates by state for adults and children in the U.S. and contains other state-specific obesity-related information. The report itself ranks state obesity rates and lists government policies that attempt to curb obesity. The report also lists key recommendations for policy reforms aimed at reducing obesity rates.

Food Finder
Food Finder allows users to browse any of nineteen fast food restaurants (e.g. Burger King, McDonald's, etc.) for food names, maximum calories, percent calories from fat, and maximum sodium, fat, and cholesterol. All information is derived from the handbook Fast Food Facts published by the consumer division of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.

Food Safety Research Projects Database (Food Safety Research Information Office)
This database provides information on food safety research projects. All projects are classified into one or more of thirteen major categories related to food safety. From the National Agricultural Library, USDA.

FoodNews.org from the Environmental Working Group
The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce allows you to see which produce items have the most and least pesticide residues.

My Food-a-Pedia (US Deptartment of Agriculture)
"MyFood-A-Pedia is a mobile tool to provide consumers quick access to nutrition information for over 1,000 foods. MyFood-a-pedia includes: calorie amounts, contribution of a food to the five food groups, and number of “extra” calories in a food from solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol."

The easy-to-use tools on this web site will create lists of foods lowest or highest in various nutrients, or that have various ratios of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, create complete nutrition facts labels for over 7,600 different foods, and more. There is also a food additive glossary. "Information is from the USDA's National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (release 16), and is supplemented by additional listings provided by restaurants and food manufacturers."

Nutrition Care Manual
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
This manual from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) provides information on nutritional interventions and nutritional therapy for various disease conditions, client education materials, sample meal plans for specific disease conditions. Includes cultural food practices of different ethnic groups, recommended dietary intakes, and information on various dietary regimens.

Pesticide Residue Limits on Food (U.S. EPA. Office of Pesticides Programs)
Learn the pesticide residue limit set by EPA on your favorite foods. Search by crop or chemical.

SNAP-Ed Interventions: A Toolkit for States (USDA)
This obesity prevention toolkit was developed by the USDA, its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). The toolkit includes many examples of evidenced-based obesity prevention policies and environmental change intervention programs. The settings and focus for these evidence-based interventions include include schools, childcare, communities, helping families, and social marketing and media.

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This site is sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health. It provides information on food safety, food poisoning, inspections and compliance, imports and exports, and educational materials including podcasts and videos.

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