Volume 8 Issue 8
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jan-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Dietary guidelines for Americans 2005 (PDF 4.8 MB)

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides advice about how good dietary habits for people aged 2 years and older can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. more  

Finding your way to a healthier you: Based on the dietary guidelines for Americans

Here’s how: The food and physical activity choices you make every day affect your health—how you today, tomorrow, and in the future. The science-based advice of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,2005 in this booklet highlights how to: Make smart choices from every food group; Find your balance between food and physical activity; Get the most nutrition out of your calories. more

Diabetes. You could be at risk. Take the test—know your score!

Diabetes is a serious disease. It can cause heart attack or stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. But diabetes can be controlled. You can reduce or avoid these health problems. Take the first step. Find out if you are at high risk. more  

Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?

Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Find out more about the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and what you can do to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. You'll also learn about the condition called "pre-diabetes" that puts people at high risk for diabetes. more

Small steps. Big rewards. Your game plan for preventing type 2 diabetes 

Get into the diabetes prevention game. Learn about your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and how to start your GAME PLAN to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. Get tips on how to set goals, track your progress, start a walking program, and where to get more help. more

Game plan: Food and activity tracker  

One of the most successful techniques for losing weight is to write down everything you eat and drink and to figure out how many calories and fat grams you consume every day. Use this tracker to record your food and drink intake and the time you spend on physical activity. Print out copies of the tracker and put them in your purse or pocket. Keeping track of your progress will help you reach your weight loss and activity goals. more

Game plan: Fat and calorie counter

Use this booklet to look up the number of calories and fat grams in the foods and drinks you consume each day. This fat and calorie counter lists hundreds of food items, including restaurant, ethnic, and regional foods. more


During the first few weeks of the New Year, Americans turn their attention to weight loss and physical activity. Today's Vidyya contains information and tools to help shed pounds and improve health.