Nutrition and Exercise
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Population served: Everyone in the United States (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
Contact: (800) 843-8114
Population served: People concerned with nutrition and cancer worldwide
AICR supports research into the role of diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It also offers a wide range of cancer-prevention education programs.
- Provides a call center to submit a question and receive feedback from a registered dietician
- Funds research looking at the diet/cancer link
- Provides education, mostly through publications and some two-hour in-person sessions with registered dieticians in selected U.S. cities
- Provides online resources (recipes, dietary and exercise tips) for cancer patients and survivors
- Provides education materials on exercise and fitness
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Contact: (301) 504-5414
Population served: People interested in nutrition worldwide
A service of the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNIC serves the professional community as well as consumers by providing access to a range of food and nutrition resources from government and nongovernment sources.
- Provides online nutrition information
- Provides dietary guidelines and resources on nutrition for cancer patients and survivors
- Provides online physical fitness information
Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
Contact: (301) 435-2920
Population served: People in the United States interested in dietary supplements
ODS's mission is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health.
- Provides consumer information about dietary supplements and cancer
- Includes vitamin and mineral supplement fact sheets
- Offers nutrition recommendation reports and tables
- Offers specific information for older adults who use supplements and guidance about evaluating health information on the Internet
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: (800) 227-2345
Population served: Patients with cancer in the United States
ACS provides information about diseases, financial support, support groups, lodging and medical equipment. ACS has local chapters throughout the United States to provide assistance within the community.
- Provides guidelines for diet and physical activity
- Provides tips for a healthy lifestyle
- Offers a shopping list of healthy items to stock a kitchen
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Contact: (800) 877-1600
Population served: The public and nutrition professionals in the United States
ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
Offers the following:
- extensive nutrition information in the form of consumer tips, nutrition fact sheets, FAQs, the Good Nutrition Reading List, and news releases a web tool to help consumers who are seeking a registered dietician
- works with state and federal legislators and agencies on public policy issues affecting consumers and the practice of dietetics through The Academy's government affairs office
- produces a peer-reviewed periodical Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nutrition professionals
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Contact: (800) 422-6237
Population served: People with cancer worldwide
NCI is a component of the National Institutes of Health and is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training.
- Offers a call center
- Provides educational materials on physical activity and cancer
Contact: (888) 651-3038
Population served: People concerned with cancer worldwide
Cancer.Net, a website developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, provides timely oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed healthcare decisions.
- Provides general recommendations about nutrition during and after treatment
- Provides diet and nutrition resources as well as information about plant-based foods, vitamins and minerals
- Provides education materials on the value of exercise
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Contact: (800) 232-4636
Population served: People in the United States
CDC provides information and tools that people and communities need to protect their health - through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability.
- Dedicates a large section of its website to physical activity (for children, adults and older adults)
Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Contact: (865) 938-5281
Population served: People with cancer living in the United States
Cancer Fund of America assists cancer patients, hospices and other nonprofit healthcare providers by sending products free of charge directly to them.
- Offers liquid nutritional drinks
- Offers some food items