Weight Management Tools and Resources

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Maintaining a healthy weight for life is important for everyone. These tools and resources help families and communities learn more about managing a healthy weight. Find additional tools and resources in the nutrition, physical activity, and screen time reduction sections.

Parent Tips and Handbook

Families Finding the Balance: A Parent Handbookpdf document icon (1.5 MB PDF)

Offers practical tips to help parents help their families find the right balance of eating well and being physically active to maintain a healthy weight.

Calories Needed Each Daypdf document icon (165 KB PDF)

This tip sheet explains the calories needed each day for boys and men, and for girls and women by age and three levels of physical activity.

Energy Balance: ENERGY IN & ENERGY OUTpdf document icon (786 KB PDF)

Use this worksheet to better understand how balancing energy in and energy out can help your family maintain a healthy weight.

Get Started! Eating Healthy and Moving Morepdf document icon (91 KB PDF)

Try these tips from We Can!® to eat well and move more and see how easy taking small steps toward a healthier life can be.

Healthy Back to School Habits

Keep your kids on the right track during the school year with these tips for eating right, getting active, and reducing screen time.

Healthy Snacks—100 Calories or Lesspdf document icon (81 KB PDF)

Find ideas for tasty and healthy snacks that will help you and your family stay at a healthy weight.

Knowing What Your Weight Meanspdf document icon (98 KB PDF)

Body Mass Index—or BMI—and waist size are two numbers that can help you decide if your weight is healthy, or if you need to make some changes. This tip sheet explains how to find both and what they mean.

We Can! Parent Tips: Be a Good Health Role Modelpdf document icon (835 KB PDF)

Find tips for using your power as a role model to make your home a healthy eating zone, get your family moving, and limit screen time.

We Can! Parent Tips: Healthy Families, Healthy Weightpdf document icon (88 KB PDF)

This tip sheet provides an overview of the We Can! program and tips for living a healthier lifestyle with your kids.

Words You Should Knowpdf document icon (97 KB PDF)

Learn the meaning of words related to maintaining a healthy weight, such as calorie balance, overweight, and portion size.

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Tools

Healthy Adventure Infographicpdf document icon (572 KB PDF) new item icon

This infographic illustrates some options that parents and caregivers have in the steps they can take to help their families be healthier.

We Can! Animation for Parents

This 60-second animation highlights the importance of preventing overweight and obesity for families.

Body Mass Index Calculator

Use this calculator from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI) according to height and weight.

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Weight Management News Stories

Your Child’s BMI Could Signal Weight Problems | pdf document icon (719 KB PDF)

This short community news feature explains how BMI relates to weight problems. Community news features are great for for print media distribution, newsletters, and hand-outs.

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Additional Resources

Aim for a Healthy Weight

This website from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Obesity Education Initiative has information to help reduce the prevalence of overweight along with the prevalence of physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and overall morbidity and mortality from CHD.

CDC Childhood Obesity Web Pageexternal link

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health provides online information about healthy youth, including childhood obesity.

NHLBI Health Topics: What Are Overweight and Obesity?

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Health Topics website gives you a quick and easy way to get complete and dependable information. It includes information on overweight and obesity, as well as information about heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.

Weight-Control Information Networkexternal link

An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this website provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

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Last Updated: September 30, 2013

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