Nutrition Resources

Action for a Healthy Community:

completed every two years, this study assesses of the quality of life for San Luis Obispo County residents. Find statistics on obesity, school meal programs, access to health care, physical health, and student physical fitness.  The current report is available at:

American Diabetes Association:

includes information for diabetics and general nutrition information for consumers.  Nutrition features sections are: Live Your Life, What Can I Eat, MyFoodAdvisorTM, and The Webb Cooks. Available at:

American Dietetic Association:

consumers can access a variety of scientifically based nutrition information including the nutrition tip of the day, a monthly nutrition feature article, recommended nutrition books for consumers, and consumer resources (including facts sheets such Popular Diets Reviewed 2007). Find a local dietitian to assist you with an eating plan for your personal situation.  All available at:

American Heart Association:

find heart healthy nutrition information including heart healthy grocery shopping made simple, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and heart healthy recipes at

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR):

provides research on diet and cancer prevention, interprets the evidence and educates the public about the results.  Includes professional research publications, nutrition information for cancer survivors and provides information for researchers at

Food Stamps (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program):

learn what benefits are available and complete an on-line screening assessment for individuals who want to learn if they qualify for Food Stamps.  Available through the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services at:


learn what and how much you should be eating.  Includes a menu planner; tracker; tips and resources; with special MyPyramids for Spanish speakers, preschoolers, kids, and pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Log-on at to learn more.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute:

includes a BMI calculator using both standard and metric calculations; also available in Spanish.  This site provides links for assessing risk, limitations of BMI, weight control and recipes. Available at

San Luis Obispo County Food Pantries and Meal Programs:

access current listing of food pantries, meal programs and program participant requirements for those who need extra food. Available at:

US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Food Labels:

information on using food labels to select a healthy diet is available at

Also find nutrition information for special populations and the 2005 Dietary guidelines.

Child Nutrition Resources

25 Healthy Snacks for Kids:

snacks can be a great way to help kids meet their nutritional needs.  Get ideas for healthy snacks for children from the American Dietetic Association at:

County of San Luis Obispo WIC Program:

find out if your child qualifies for free, healthy foods from the Women, Infants, and Children Program.  This program serves San Luis Obispo County pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children up to age 5 years.  Income eligibility documentation is required to participate.  Learn more at:

Head Start:

children who qualify for Head Start Preschool program receive healthy meals and snacks. Income eligibility documentation is required to participate.  Learn more at: In San Luis Obispo County, Head Start and Migrant Head Start programs are operated by the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County.

Healthy Kids Nutrition Report Card:

check to see if you’re meeting these healthy nutrition guidelines.  Developed by Chef Ann of the Berkeley Unified School District and Hailey London, RD.  Download this report card at:

MyPyramid for Kids:

is designed for 6-11 year old children. Find games, activity sheets and parent information at

MyPyramid for Preschoolers:

parents and caregivers can develop a MyPyramid Plan for feeding 2-5 year olds.  Also at this site are the following links: Trying New Foods, Develop Healthy Eating Habits, and Sample Meals Patterns, Meals and Snacks.

MyPyramid for Moms:

start early to help children enjoy the best nutritional health.  Pregnant and breastfeeding moms can customize their dietary needs and find resources to help select a healthy diet at:

The Lunch Box: Healthy Brown Bag Lunches for Preschool Children:

nutritious brown bag lunches can be easy to make and fun for children to eat.  Learn how with these handouts from the University of California Cooperative Extension at:,_Family_and_Consumer_Science208/Lunch_Box_Handouts.htm Available in English and Spanish.

The Lunch Bag:  15 Brown Bag Lunches for School-Aged Children:

Get some great ideas for quick, easy, and nutritious brown bag lunch ideas for school children at:,_Family_and_Consumer_Science208/The_Lunch_Bag.htm

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