Food Education Topics

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FOOD EDUCATION is any set of conditions and/or learning experiences designed to facilitate people eating food that contributes to their health and well-being. The following topic areas and accompanying links are the integrated core concept areas of food education.

Dietary Guidelines

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
The Dietary Guidelines provide advice for consumers of all ages on making healthy food choices that promote health and prevent disease.


A comprehensive site about nutrition.

National Institute of Food & Agriculture

NIFA's Food, Nutrition & Health programs strengthen the nation's capacity to address issues related to diet, health, food safety, food security, and food science and technology.


can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.

A comprehensive site about nutrition.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: Food Guide Pyramid Information

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children

National Institute of Food & Agriculture
NIFA's Food, Nutrition & Health programs strengthen the nation's capacity to address issues related to diet, health, food safety, food security, and food science and technology.

Nutrition Integrity: Aligning Our Actions

Food & Nutrition Gateways

American Dietetics Association

Food Safety


Clean Hands Coalition
The Clean Hands Coalition is a unified alliance of public and private partners working together to create and support coordinated, sustained initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands

Hawaii Food Safety
Public and educational organizations have partners to provide an umbrella site of food safety resources for growers, retailers, food manufacturers, food handlers, and consumers.

National Coalition for Food Safe Schools
This Web site is a product of the collaboration between public and private organizations that are working to improve school food safety.

A gateway to federal advice and information on food safety issues.

A comprehensive site about nutrition.

National Institute of Food & Agriculture
NIFA's Food, Nutrition & Health programs strengthen the nation's capacity to address issues related to diet, health, food safety, food security, and food science and technology.


World Health Organization
The World Health Organization explains what is food safety and has details of the WHO EURO Food Safety Program.


American Dietetic Association
The American Dietetic Association links you to science-based food, nutrition, and health information.

School Nutrition Association
The School Nutrition Association provides information on school foodservice news and ways to eat out nutritiously.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest provides tips to prevent food poisoning, a safe food quiz, and contains a foodborne illness-reporting center.

Fight BAC!
Partnership for food safety educators.

Food Marketing Institute
The Food Marketing Institute provides FMI members with the latest information, education, and guidance in all areas of food safety and regulatory compliance, along with crises management assistance.

International Food Information Council
IFIC has nutrition and food safety resources for professionals and consumers.

National Consumers League
The National Consumers League provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer's perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.

National Restaurant Association
The National Restaurant Association provides various articles on food safety issues and healthy living.


Agricultural Research Service
Agriculture Research Service (ARS), one of the Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies, is the main in-house research arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Food Safety Inspection Service
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service web site answers on topics ranging from food safety education, food defense and keeping food safe during an emergency.

NIFA Food Safety and Biosecurity
The food Safety and Biosecurity National Research Initiative Program focuses on reducing the incidence of foodborne illness through imporiving safe food handling practices, improving proccesses that safeguard the food suppy, and improving the understandig of food-related risks.

National Agricultural Library (NAL)
Food Safety Information (NAL) - The NAL supports the research community by collecting, organizing and disseminating food safety research information.


U.S. HHS Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA has scientific, regulatory and consumer information about food, biotechnology, food ingredients, food safety, labeling, and other topics related to foods.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention contains health topics A-Z and promotes healthy living and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

Federal Consumer Information
The Federal Consumer Information has consumer alert information on scams, frauds, recalls, and food topics.

UC Davis Seafood Network Information Center
Seafood safety information.

Food Safety Music
Musics, lyrics and slide presentation about food safety.

Got Germ-free Re-Useable Bags?
Tips on keeping re-useable bags food safe.

Food Resources Management

University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources

Financial Connections
A series of publications, by Ron Wall, Extension Specialist in Family Economics & Management.

Take Charge of Your Money!3
A financial management telecourse viewed on Hawaii cable television stations.

Educational project of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service designed to increase your financial well-being.


Consumer Dial
A 24-hour phone/fax line for common consumer and business questions.

Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs - Office of Consumer Protection
Investigates consumer complaints alleging unfair or deceptive trade practices.

Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws as well as carries out consumer education in related areas.

Federal Consumer Information Center
U.S. Government Services Administration - federal publications on many current consumer topics.

Federal Reserve Board
Provides limited consumer information for the public.

Money 2020 ™
A Cooperative Extension System program designed to help consumers increase their net worth through better spending and saving habits.

Social Security Administration
Consumer publications, benefit calculators, and teacher's kits.

U.S. Consumer Gateway
Links to many federal government resources.

U.S. Department of Labor Pension & Welfare Benefits Administration
Link to their national Retirement Savings Education Campaign to help Americans save for the future.

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Offers information about the securities industry and prevention of mistakes and fraud.

National Institute of Food & Agriculture
NIFA's Food, Nutrition & Health programs strengthen the nation's capacity to address issues related to diet, health, food safety, food security, and food science and technology.


American Savings Education Council
A coalition of private and public sector institutions that attempts to raise public awareness about financial independence, Ballpark Estimate worksheet and other financial calculators.

National Council on Economic Education
NCEE is a nationwide network that promotes economic literacy with students and their teachers.

Food Security

Measuring Food Security in United States
Household Food Security in the United States in 2000: Abstract, Contents, Summary (14kb-PDF format)
and Entire Report (136kb)
A comprehensive site about nutrition.
Oregon State University

National Institute of Food & Agriculture
NIFA's Food, Nutrition & Health programs strengthen the nation's capacity to address issues related to diet, health, food safety, food security, and food science and technology.

Fruits & Vegetables

Frozen Food Institute
The Frozen Food Institute sponsors this site to promote the increase of fruit and vegetable consumption in our diets.  This site provides recipes, games for kids, facts, and information on frozen produce.
Hawaii Fruits & Veggies — More Matters (FVMM)
The Hawaii Fruits & Veggies - More Matters team provides information to help increase the awareness and importance of adding fruits and vegetables to your diet.  This site helps consumers learn why and how to increase their fruit and vegetable intake to 5 or more servings per day.
FVMM - Produce for Better Health Foundation
The Produce for Better Health Foundation site provides materials, recipes, and healthy resources to learn more about produce and its effects on our health.  This is provided to help consumers increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables.
FVMM - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site provides tips, recipes, and publications for eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
This site is filled with interesting and useful information about fruits, vegetables, nutrition and health.
The Leafy Greens Council
The Leafy Greens Council provides educational information and lesson plans to help teach children to understand the nutritional benefits and cancer fighting elements provided by leafy green vegetables.
Produce An Athlete
Tips on Healthful Eating with fruits and vegetables for Young Athletes.
Start. Living. Healthy.
Easy tips to help improve your health, feel better and live longer!
Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network.
Recipes, nutrition newsletters and other educational materials for nutrition educators who work with limited-income clients.
Max's Magical Delivery: Fit for Kids
A fun interactive DVD targeted to chidren ages 5-9 and their families.

Physical Activity

Americans young and old should incorporate regular physical activity into their everyday lives. This does not necessarily mean joining an expensive gym or committing to a rigorous exercise or training routine. It is sufficient to choose activities that fit into your daily routine that speed your heart rate and breathing, or increase your strength and flexibility. Examples include walking to work, gardening, taking extra stairs, or mowing the lawn with a push mower. Besides building strength and aerobic fitness, regular exercise relieves stress, provides motivation, promotes relaxation, and facilitates sleep. Such activity reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease and decreases the risk for colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Regular physical activity is important throughout life. Healthy lifestyles are more influential than genetic factors in avoiding deterioration traditionally associated with aging. The growing number of older Americans places increasing demands on the public health system and on medical and social services. Currently, almost one-third of total U.S. health care expenditures are for older adults. These expenditures are largely due to treatment and care of chronic diseases, and the cost associated with many of these conditions could be reduced through regular physical activity.

For children, almost any physical activity is sufficient as long as they are moving. Playing actively or participating in athletic or physical fitness activities during school, running, biking, jumping rope, and dancing- instead of watching television or playing video games- all provide children with the kinds of activity they need.

Physical Activity

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Blood Pressure

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