Nutrition, Obesity, and Health
Scope, focus, and relevancy of this collection
According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, more than one-third of all American children and two-thirds of American adults are obese. The obesity epidemic sweeping the country has prompted government agencies, organizations, and research operations to focus on gathering and disseminating scientific evidence related to nutrition, obesity, and health. This collection endeavors to collect the wide variety of digital publications originating at the federal and state (Virginia) level from these agencies and organizations, and that are already available via government web pages.
While many research-based reports and legislative documents that are part of this collection are highly technical and difficult for a consumer to understand, many of them also come with executive summaries or simple breakdowns that are more digestible to the average consumer. This collection endeavors to capture this translation of research into practical knowledge and recommendations.
Furthermore, one of the goals of this collection is to provide a single access point to digital publications produced by the many different agencies and research organizations producing relevant information. Because government websites can be difficult to search and information can be spread across a number of different websites and other web publications, this collection aims to simplify access to documents and research related to nutrition, obesity, and health.
Selection criteria include relevance of content, appropriateness of document format, and legal and technical considerations.
Strategy for building collection
Subject experts from Virginia Tech’s University Libraries will work closely with faculty from the Libraries’ Digital Libraries & Archives department in order to select, organize, provide access to, and publicize the resources that will be integrated into local digital collections.
The topic for this collection is nutrition, obesity, and health. The collected documents are primarily in English, and all metadata will be written in English. The collection will include materials such as national policies, national standards and guidelines, government documents, legislative law, research reports, and information for consumers from relevant sources.
Many of the government agencies and organizations listed below maintain dynamic webpages, which allow users to capture RSS feeds that allow for easy and instantaneous access to updates relating to resources and legislation related to nutrition, obesity, and health.
Major contributors producing publications relevant to this collection include:United States Department of Agriculture
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
- Food and Nutrition Service
- Agricultural Research Service
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- Division of Prevention and Health Promotion
- School Nutrition
A wide variety of academic disciplines and research communities may have an interest in this collection:
- Public health professionals
- Veterinary medicine professionals
- Medical professionals
- Dietetic professionals
- Food scientists, analysts, and technologists
- Cooperative extension agents
- Life science researchers
- Health behavior researchers
- Human factors engineering community
Virginia Tech agriculture, veterinary medicine, and human nutrition, food and exercise scientists conduct research that spans the continuum from producer to consumer. The result is practical solutions for safely producing, processing, and distributing nutritious foods and new knowledge about human and animal health. Researchers in psychology and engineering also address issues of health, such as encouraging healthy behavior.
The Center for Research in Health Behavior is a leader in developing preventive intervention strategies for helping people initiate and sustain critical health behavior changes. Research has focused on cancer and heart disease risk reduction and HIV risk reduction. Sponsors are the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. More information available: http://www.research.vt.edu/solving/hownutrition.php
Specific goals for this collection
Specifically, goals for collecting documents for the Nutrition, Obesity, and Health collection include ensuring the collection’s relevance for faculty, students, and other researchers. Collection decisions will be made based on current scholarship and research at Virginia Tech. The short term goal of this project is to build a valuable, relevant nutrition collection built to serve the information needs of a wide variety of researchers and other users.
Long term goals of this collection include developing new partnerships, expanding the breadth of topics housed within the collection, supporting Virginia Tech’s mission as a land-grant university to disseminate research to practitioners, and, ultimately, to develop an excellent collection of resources revolving around nutrition, obesity, and health.
(United States. Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Service., 2012-01-26)"Effective March 26, 2012, this final rule updates the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This rule ...
(United States. Department of Health and Human ServicesUnited States. Department of Agriculture., 2011-06)The MyPlate brochure is a consumer resource that offers four recommendations for becoming healthier: building a healthy plate, cutting back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and sat, eating the right amount of ...
(Virginia. Governor's Office., 2012-05-03)Research-based “best practices” that support proper nutrition and increased physical activity for K-12 students form the basis of a Web-based Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard. Schools are encouraged to ...
(United States. Department of Agriculture. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion., 2008-08)This publication describes the diet quality of Americans 1994-96 and 2001-02, as measured by the Healthy Eating Index-2005.
(United States. Department of Agriculture. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion., 2008-03)This report estimates the availability and percentage contributions of nutrients by major food groups. There are data for monitoring the potential of the food supply to meet nutritional needs; for examining relationships ...
CHAMPION: Commonwealth's Healthy Approach and Mobilization Plan for Inactivity, Obesity, and Nutrition (Virginia. Department of Health., 2012-05-03)The document's executive summary states that "this report describes the Division of WIC and Community Nutrition Services (DWCNS) response to the increasing obesity trend through the creation of the Commonwealth’s Healthy ...
(United States. Department of AgricultureUnited States. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010-12)This publication represents the 7th edition of the Dietary Guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines are usually released every five years or so. The Guidelines provide science-based nutrition guidelines for all Americans aged 2 ...
(United States. Government Printing Office., 2004-07-02)The stated purpose of this law is to provide assistance to the States in the establishment, maintenance,operation, and expansion of school lunch programs, and for other purposes.
(United States. Department of Health and Human ServicesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity., 2012-05-03)The research covered in this brief supports the conclusion that replacing foods of high energy density (high calories per weight of food) with foods of lower energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, can be an important ...
(United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012-05-03)A publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this consumer-oriented document offers 30 tips for consumers to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables while maintaining a careful budget. It includes ...
(United States. Department of AgricultureUnited States. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011-06)This one-page document breaks down the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into three categories: balancing calories, foods to increase, and foods to reduce. Two simple recommendations are made in each category.
(United States. Department of Agriculture. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, 2007-11)The Healthy Eating Index (HEI) was developed to measure compliance with dietary guidelines, and is used by the USDA to monitor change in the Nation's diet. The HEI-2005 was specifically developed to measure compliance with ...
(United States. Department of Health and Human Services., 2012-05-03)Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020 launched on December 2, 2010, and focuses on 42 specific topic areas. Topic areas range from access ...
(United States. Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Service., 2011-02-03)This document summarizes the major provisions of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296). Specifically, it looks at the statute section by section in order to clarify the statute's impact on school ...
(United States. Department of Agriculture., 2012-05-03)In 2011, My Plate replaced the Food Pyramid as a visual representation for the USDA Dietary Guidelines. This publication, a group of recipes based on this new division of food groups, reflects the effort of the USDA and ...
(United States. Department of Agriculture. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, 2011-06)This three-page document introduces the MyPlate concept as a replacement for Food Pyramid. The document contains an overview of the ChooseMyPlate.gov website, points readers to consumer resources, and offers other basic ...
(United States Government Printing Office, 2010-12-13)The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Legislation (Public Law 111-296) represents a federal statute signed into existence by President Barack Obama in December 2010. The bill funds nutrition and free lunch programs in ...
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Section 204: Local School Wellness Policies. 5-Year Technical Assistance and Guidance Plan (United States. Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition ServiceUnited States. Department of EducationUnited States. Department of Health and Human ServicesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), 2011-09-20)This document provides a 5-year technical assistance and guidance plan for schools to implement, locally, the federal requirements detailed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 (Public Law 111-296, Section ...
(United States. Department of Agriculture.Let's Move., 2011-10-17)A document generated as part of the Let's Move campaign, this compilation of five recipes from the White House kitchen includes a note from First Lady Michelle Obama. The document was distributed to schools that received ...