Food and Nutrition Resources
Good nutrition is an essential part of being healthy and maintaining wellness. Developing good eating patterns and being knowledgeable about the food we consume has significant impacts on how we feel day-to-day as well as long-term health.
Finding current and credible information is an important first step in making healthy dietary choices. The following links are from reputable resources to help you make informed choices about your diet and health.
Where can I find information on healthy eating and nutrition?
- USDA Dietary Guidelines
- USDA's Food and Nutrition Information Center [FNIC]
- MedlinePlus.gov: Food and Nutrition
- EatRight.org [Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]
- "How to Eat Healthy without 'Dieting'" [American Heart Association]
- Global Food-based Dietary Guidelines [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations]
- Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection [USDA National Agricultural Library]
Where can I find information about buying and storing food?
- Discover Foods [EatFresh.org]
- Seasonal Produce Guide [USDA SNAP-Ed Connection]
Where can I find information about dietary supplements?
- Dietary Supplements Fact Sheets [National Institutes of Health]
- Dietary Supplement Label Database [National Institutes of Health]
- Herbs at a Glance [National Center for Integrative and Complementary Health]
Where can I find tools to help manage food choices and nutrition?
- A list of apps and blog posts created and maintained by the USDA.
- “Eat Smart, Move More!" printable [CDC.gov]
- Weekly Meal Planner printable [MyPlate.gov]
- Weekly Grocery List printable [MyPlate.gov]
Where can I find food pantries and food assistance programs?
Access to food is a fundamental and important first step in starting and maintaining a healthy diet. Here are links to several resources to assist in food access if you or someone you know need assistance.
- SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
- Call 417-865-3411 to set up an appointment and speak with a SNAP application specialist.
- List of local food pantries and programs [Ozarks Food Harvest]
- More at CoxHealth, including information about the Meals-on-Wheels program.
Does the Library have any resources on diet or nutrition?
Yes, the Library has several databases that provide health information, including on diet and nutrition. You can find a list of these databases on the Health & Wellness Research page.
You can also search our catalog for items covering nutrition, diet, and related issues. The following include some saved searches about popular topics. If you need help locating or placing a hold on these items, please contact library staff.
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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction.
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