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General Information and Services

What is WIN?
The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, and the media with science-based, up-to-date, culturally relevant materials and tips. Topics include how to consume healthy foods and beverages, barriers to physical activity, portion control, and eating and physical activity myths. WIN is a congressionally authorized service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is the Federal Government's leading agency for biomedical research on nutrition and obesity and part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Can WIN provide s to my specific medical questions?
WIN cannot provide a diagnosis or medical advice. A health care provider who has examined you and knows your medical history is the best person to diagnose and treat your health problem.
Can a WIN official come talk to my group/organization about weight y, nutrition, and/ or physical activity?
For guidance on the topics of weight control, obesity, and nutrition, contact the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) at 1–800–877–1600 or visit its website at http://www.eatright.org. The "Find a Registered Dietitian" tool on this website may help you find a potential speaker.
For guidance on the topic of physical activity, contact the American College of Sports Medicine at 317–637–9200 or visit the organization's website at http://www.acsm.org.
For additional speaking engagement resources on physical activity and nutrition, you can reach the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) at 240–276–9567 or visit http://wcdapps.hhs.gov/FitnessGovSpeakingRequest. PCFSN engages, educates, and empowers all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. 
How can I stay up to date on information from WIN and NIDDK? 


The WIN newsletter, WIN Notes Update, features content on obesity and weight-control research, new initiatives and programs, relevant websites, and materials available from WIN, NIDDK, and other organizations and agencies. You can subscribe to and read WIN Notes Update.

WIN Notes Update is available in electronic format only. It replaces WIN Notes, the WIN newsletter that came out twice a year. If you already receive WIN Notes Update by email, you do not need to do anything. If you received hard copies of WIN Notes by U.S. mail in the past, you may subscribe to WIN Notes Update by visiting https://service.govdelivery.com/service/multi_subscribe.html. Enter your email address, then select "WIN Notes Update" under the bolded heading "Weight Control and Nutrition" on the subscription page. You will receive an email confirming your subscription.  
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https://www.facebook.com/win.niddk.nih.gov to read and share tips, tools, and content from WIN and NIDDK.  

NIDDK Website

More information about NIDDK and its activities is available at http://www.niddk.nih.gov


Sisters Together

What is Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better?

Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better is a national initiative of WIN designed to encourage black women to maintain a healthy weight by becoming more physically active and consuming healthier foods and beverages.
Sisters Together offers a program guide and culturally relevant brochures that give black women, their families, and their friends practical, science-based tips to help them move more, make healthier food and beverage choices, and ultimately, improve their quality of life. Find out more by visiting the Sisters Together page.
How can I start a Sisters Together program?
You can start a Sisters Together program by following the steps in the Sisters Together Program Guide. Sisters Together programs are run locally by dedicated individuals or groups—anyone who sees a need in his or her community and wants to help can start a Sisters Together program.
You can read and download the Sisters Together Program Guide. To order a hard copy of the Program Guide or get technical assistance if you want to start a Sisters Together activity near you, please call 1–877–946–4627.

Ordering Publications

How can I order copies of WIN publications?
You may order publications by phone, fax, or mail.
By Phone: To order publications by phone, please call our toll-free number, 1–877–946–4627.
By Fax or Mail: To order publications by fax or mail, please print and complete the Publications Order Form available on the Order Forms webpage: http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/order. Be sure to write a total on the line next to the title(s) you are ordering. Fill out the mailing information, and return the form to the fax number or address listed at the bottom of the form. Please allow 4 to 7 weeks for delivery via the U.S. Postal Service.
If you cannot print the order form, we can send you a copy by mail or fax. Please call 1–877–946–4627 or email WIN at win@info.niddk.nih.gov to request a printed copy of the Publications Order Form.
You may also view and download WIN materials on the Publications page. WIN currently does not process orders online.

How much do WIN publications cost?

WIN publications are free of charge. The maximum number of copies an individual or group may order is 100. (These copies can be all one title or a combination of titles.) 

What is the maximum number of publications I can order?

WIN provides a maximum of 100 publications per individual or group (either of a single title or different titles). Please note that the most up-to-date versions of all of our publications are available online in PDF and HTML format on the Publications page of the WIN website. They are not copyrighted, so you may duplicate and share them as you please.

What does "web only" mean on the Publications Order Form?

These items are only available online.
You can find HTML and PDF versions of all WIN publications on the Publications page. You may want to download the PDF version of a specific document from WIN and print copies. Our materials are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to duplicate and share them.

What should I do if I have received the maximum number of free copies and I want additional copies?

The maximum number of copies an individual or group may order is 100. (These copies can be all one title or a combination of titles.) 
The most up-to-date versions of all of our publications are available on the Publications page of the WIN website: http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications. You may want to download the PDF version of a specific document from WIN and print copies. Our materials are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to duplicate and share them.
You may also photocopy the WIN Publications Order Form for your clients or patients or place copies of the order form in public areas. Encourage patients and clients to call WIN to order up to 100 free copies of publications for themselves. You may want to display samples of WIN publications next to the order form to help patients and clients decide what to order.

Using and Referencing WIN Materials

Are WIN  materials copyrighted?
WIN materials are not copyrighted. We encourage you to duplicate and distribute them widely.
May I use content from WIN materials?
You are more than welcome to use WIN products and place your logo on them. Once any WIN material is modified, we ask that you remove WIN and its logo and add that the material has been adapted from WIN, a program of the NIDDK and NIH.
How should I reference WIN documents in my research paper?
Your references will depend on the citation style you are using. WIN uses the style of the American Medical Association (AMA). In the style guide you are using, you should follow the format listed for brochures or pamphlets. 
To cite WIN publications in AMA style, you may use "Weight-control Information Network" as the author. If you are citing the online version of the publication, be sure to include the web address, the NIH publication number, and the month and year when WIN last updated the publication:  
Weight-control Information Network (WIN). Title of Publication: Subtitle of Publication. WIN website. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/title-of-directory/title-of -directory/title-of-publication.pdf. Updated Month Year. NIH publication ##–####. Type of publication (e.g., Fact sheet).​​

Weight-control Information Network (WIN). The World Around You. WIN website. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/way/Documents/TheWorldAroundYou.pdf. Updated November 2010. NIH publication 09–7461. Booklet.
To cite information available on the WIN website, please follow the format that your style guide recommends for websites