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Nutrition Resources for Patients and Families

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General Nutrition

MedlinePlus is a good place to start for many health topics, featuring:

  • Over 900 health topics
  • Drugs and supplements
  • Illustrated medical encyclopedia
  • Interactive tutorials
  • Surgery videos
  • The latest health news
  • Information in many languages

Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate is an excellent alternative to the U.S. government's MyPlate, based solely on scientific evidence about the links between diet and health. Overall you may find this site easier to use than Nutrition.gov.

Nutrition, weight management, dietary guidelines, meal planning, food composition, and more. This is a good site for browsing. If you have a specific topic you'd like to find, trying searching for it in MedlinePlus (linked above).

This site from the National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements gives background information on vitamins and supplements and tells what foods provide them and what the daily intake recommendations are. Use this site for vitamins and minerals, but if you want to look up herbs and other supplements go to MedlinePlus.

Use this resource to find out what scientific research has been done on herbs and supplements regarding efficacy for medical conditions, safety and interactions with medications. Basic information is available here for free. If you need more in-depth information, contact the librarian for further searching.

Using Dietary Supplements Wisely, from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Portion Size, from WebMD

Food Labels, from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration


Healthy Recipes

UCSF Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center

The Nutrition Source, from Harvard School of Public Health

American Institute for Cancer Research

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Nutrition and Cancer

The Osher Center has created these nutrition guidelines on cancer prevention and survivorship using scientific evidence.

The American Institute for Cancer Research focuses on the link between diet and cancer. They fund research on nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention, treatment, and survival and they educate the public about the results. Check out the section: Reduce Your Cancer Risk.

Nutrition for the Person With Cancer, from the American Cancer Society

Overview of Nutrition in Cancer Care, from the National Cancer Institute

Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment, from the National Cancer Institute

Diet for Cancer Treatment Side Effects, from UCSF Medical Center

This section of the American Cancer Society website includes pages with cancer-focused information on:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Herbs, Vitamins, and Minerals
  • Diet and Nutrition (as cancer therapy)

Nutrition and Families

Nutrition and Fitness for Families, from Kids Health

Healthy Eating for the Whole Family, from Kids Health

Child Nutrition, from MedlinePlus

Nutrition and Aging

Healthy Eating After 50, from the National Institute on Aging

Senior Nutrition, from MedlinePlus


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