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e-Resources on Consumer Health: Nutrition

Resources compiled and vetted by the National Library of Medicine; presented by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Consumer Health e-Resources

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District earned a Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) in 2018 by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Medical Library Association (MLA).

As a credentialed Consumer Health Information Library, we proudly present the following e-Resources for Consumer Health.

Click on the tabs above to access e-Resources about: General Health information, Comparing & Evaluating Resources, and Nutrition.


Search the Mid-Hudson Library System's Online Public Acess Catalog (OPAC) for

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This guide is under constant review and will be periodically updated as needed.

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General Nutrition – ( )

A USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthy eating choices.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eat Right – ( )

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals…with over 100,000 credentialed practitioners (...registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and other dietetic professionals…). Use this website to…


Eat Right: Handouts and Tip Sheets – ( )

Food and Nutrition Information Center: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – ( )

Choose My Plate: USDA – ( )

Replacing the food pyramid, Choose MyPlate is the most current USDA Food Guide (satiate your curiosity, view A Brief History of USDA Food Guides).

Click on the tabs to view health information for a specific AUDIENCE, tips for increasing PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ONLINE TOOLS, POPULAR TOPICS and more.

National Agricultural Library: USDA – ( )

Click on "Human Nutrition and Food Safety." Select "Nutrition Securitythen, scroll down the page to Nutrition Assistance to access: 

  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service Programs -
    • Child Nutrition Programs 
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) 
    • Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Other Nutrition Programs and Organizations -
    • Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program
    • Meals on Wheels Association of America
    • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • Feeding America
    • Kids Can Make a Difference
    • World Food Programme
    • Share Our Strength
    • WhyHunger
  • Community Food Systems -
    • Local Agriculture Market Program: USDA
    • Local Food Directories: National Farmers Market Directory
    • Defining Local Food: An Analysis of State Approaches and Challenges
    • Local and Regional Food Systems: Cornell
    • The Food Trust
    • Community Supported Agriculture

Nutrition affects all aspects of health. It can vary by individual and may change with age. Contact your Doctor to discuss your nutritional needs.

Diabetes - The Plate Method: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – ( )

Diabetes is a global epidemic. Read information about: Diabetes Meal Planning ; Counting Carbs ; The Plate Method ; and Portion Size...

Nutrition and Eye Health – ( )

Nutrition for Older Adults – ( )

Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s Shopper's Guide to Pesticides and Produce – ( )

Click on the Menu located at the top of the page to view the: Dirty Dozen ; The Full List ; Clean Fifteen ; FAQ...

Healthy Recipes: Medline Plus – ( ) 

These recipes show you how to prepare meals that help you develop a healthy eating pattern. A healthy eating pattern includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, fat-free or low fat dairy, various protein foods, and oils. It also means limiting saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars, and salt.

Defining Health Terms

DRI - dietary reference intake.

RDA - recommended dietary allowance.

NUTRITION - the act or process of nourishing; the process by which organisms take in and utilize food.

MALNUTRITION - the condition that occurs when your body does not get enough nutrients; starvation is a form of malnutrition.

Define some of the terms you see in health resources with the following websites.



What's the Difference Between Micronutrients and Macronutrients? – ( )

FDA Nutrition Glossary –  

Click on the .pdf document below to view the glossary online or to download a copy.

Food Composition Tool

Food Composition: USDA – ( ) 

Find information about the nutrients and compounds in food, including macronutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients, and sweeteners. Browse food composition databases, nutrient functions, commodity foods, and more.


Food Recalls and Food Labels

USDA – ( )

Select "Food Safety Recalls" in the I'M LOOKING FOR drop-down menu to view a list of current resources vetted by the USDA from organizations including the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS recalls) and

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – ( )

From the Home page, click on the sandwich dropdown Menu and select Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts to view a list of current "Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts" on FDA-regulated products. Filter by Recall Type: to narrow results.


From the Home page, scroll down and select Food. Once the page reloads, scroll down and select Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness to view a list of investigations of "Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness" by year.   


Click on the Food tab then select The Nutrition Facts Label for label claims, nutrition facts and labeling information.


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