Aim for a Healthy Weight--Information for Patients and the Public


Aim for a Healthy Weight--Information for Patients and the Public


This Web site contains guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to provide users with a new approach to the measurement of overweight and obesity and a variety of tools and materials for safe and effective weight loss.

The Web site includes the following major sections:

  • Key recommendations
  • Getting started
    • Part 1: Assessing your risk
      • Body mass index
      • Waist circumference
      • Other risk factors
      • Assessment
    • Part 2: Controlling your weight
      • Selecting a weight loss program
      • Guide to physical activity
      • Guide to behavior change
      • Portion distortion: Do you know how food portions have changed in 20 years? (includes links to two slide shows)
      • Shopping: What to look for
        • Low-calorie shopping list
        • Fat-free versus regular calorie comparison
        • Low-calorie, lower fat alternative foods
      • Recipes
        • Stay young at heart: Cooking the heart-healthy way
        • Heart-healthy home cooking: African American style
        • Delicious heart-healthy Latino recipes
        • Keep the beat (heart healthy recipe collection)
        • The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan
      • Sample reduced-calorie menus
        • Traditional American cuisine (1200 and 1600 calories)
        • Asian American cuisine
        • Southern cuisine
        • Mexican American cuisine
        • Lacto-ovo vegetarian cuisine
      • Food exchange list
      • Tip sheets
        • Eating healthy when dining out
        • Eating healthy with ethnic food
        • Fat matters, but calories count
        • Eating healthy starts with healthy food shopping
      • Daily food and activity diary
      • Interactive menu planner
  • Obesity and physical activity publications (users may download PDF files or order hard copies)


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (U.S.)

Funding Sources:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (U.S.)


Release Date: 2003
Original Summary: December 2003
Last Updated: 04/14/08

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