U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The resources listed below provide links and contact information for organizations and agencies that offer information to the public about diabetes, digestive diseases, kidney disease, weight control, and other related topics.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

NIDDK and NIH Resources

  • Office of Nutrition Research

    National Institutes of Health
    6707 Democracy Blvd. 
    Room 624, MSC 5461
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5450
    Web: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/about-niddk/offices-divisions/office-nutrition-research/Pages/default.aspx

    • Ensures that nutrition education materials produced by the NIH and other federal agencies are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
    • Offers resources for youth and adults on healthy food and beverage choices, physical activity, weight management, and related health topics.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Information Service

    Office of Cancer Communications
    NCI Public Inquiries Office
    BG 9609 MSC 9760
    9609 Medical Center Drive
    Bethesda, MD 20892–9760
    1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422–6237)
    Web: http://www.cancer.gov
    Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov

    • The Live Help feature at this website allows interested parties to chat confidentially about general cancer questions.
    • Provides press releases, fact sheets, and publications about cancer-related issues, including diet and nutrition, physical activity, weight, and obesity.
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

    NCCAM Clearinghouse
    P.O. Box 7923
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898–7923
    1–866–464–3615 (TTY)
    1–866–464–3616 (fax)
    Web: http://nccam.nih.gov
    Email: info@nccam.nih.gov

    • Conducts and supports research and training. Disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public, including complementary health practices for dietary supplements, high cholesterol, and weight loss.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Information Center

    P.O. Box 30105
    Bethesda, MD 20824–0105
    301–592–8573 (Dial 7–1–1 for the Federal Relay Service) 
    301–592–8563 (fax)
    Main Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov 
    Direct Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/contact.htm 
    Email: NHLBIinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov

    • Provides information about cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases to health professionals and the public.
    • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

    We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition)
    Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/ 
    A program of NHLBI, in collaboration with NIDDK and NCI, that helps parents and families encourage their children to eat healthfully and be more physically active.

  • National Institute on Aging Information Center

    Building 31, Room 5C27
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    1–800–222–4225 (TTY)
    Web: http://www.nia.nih.gov 
    Email: niaic@nia.nih.gov

    • Conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research; provides research training; and disseminates research findings and health information on aging processes, diseases, and other special problems and needs of older people.
    • Offers consumer information on a wide range of senior health topics, including exercise and physical activity for older people, food choices for healthy aging, and heart health.
  • National Institute of Mental Health

    Science Writing, Press, and Dissemination Branch
    6001 Executive Boulevard
    Room 6200, MSC 9663
    Bethesda, MD 20892–9663
    1–866–615–NIMH (6464)
    1–866–415–8051 (TTY toll-free)
    301–443–8431 (TTY) 
    301–443–4279 (fax)
    Web: http://www.nimh.nih.gov
    Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov

    • Provides information about mental health, including eating disorders, to health professionals and the public. 
    • Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.
  • Office of Dietary Supplements

    National Institutes of Health
    6100 Executive Boulevard
    Room 3B01, MSC 7517
    Bethesda, MD 20892–7517
    301–480–1845 (fax)
    Web: http://ods.od.nih.gov 
    Email: ods@nih.gov

    • Supports research and disseminates results of research on dietary supplements.
    • Provides safety notices on dietary supplements.​

Resources from Other Federal Agencies

  • ​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    1600 Clifton Road
    Atlanta, GA 30333
    Web: http://www.cdc.gov

    • Provides information, publications, and online tools about healthy behaviors and living to the general public and health professionals. Topics include diabetes prevention, healthy weight, nutrition, overweight and obesity, and physical activity and exercise.
  • Federal Trade Commission

    Consumer Response Center
    600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20580
    1–866–653–4261 (TTY)
    1–877–FTC–HELP (1–877–382–4357)
    Web: http://www.ftc.gov

    • Provides the public and health professionals with information about weight-loss products and programs.
    • Develops materials to help identify health misinformation.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    FDA Consumer Health Information Staff
    Building 32, Room 5371 
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD  20993 
    1–888–INFO–FDA (1–888–463–6332)
    301–847–8622 (fax)
    Web: http://www.fda.gov 
    Email: ConsumerInfo@fda.hhs.gov

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    Outreach and Information Center 
    5100 Paint Branch Parkway HFS–009
    College Park, MD 20740 
    1–888–SAFEFOOD (1–888–723–3366) 
    Web: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/

    • Provides information and publications about food products and dietary supplements to health professionals and the public.

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
    Office of Communications 
    Division of Drug Information 
    10001 New Hampshire Avenue
    Hillandale Building, 4th Floor
    Silver Spring, MD  20993 
    Web: http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/centersoffices/officeofmedicalproductsandtobacco/
    Email: druginfo@fda.hhs.gov

    • Provides information and publications on drug-related subjects to health professionals and the public.
  • Let's Move!

    Web: http://www.letsmove.gov

    • Is an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
    • Provides caregivers, schools, and communities the tools, support, and information needed to make healthier choices.
  • National Center for Health Statistics

    3311 Toledo Road
    Room 5419 
    Hyattsville, MD 20782
    Web : http://www.cdc.gov/nchs 
    Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

    • Provides health statistics to the public and health professionals.
  • National Health Information Center (NHIC)

    1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100
    Rockville, MD  20852
    240–453–8282 (fax)
    Web: http://www.health.gov/NHIC 
    Email: info@nhic.org

    • A health information referral service that puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.
  • Healthfinder.gov

    Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    1101 Wootton Parkway
    Rockville, MD 20852
    Web: http://healthfinder.gov
    Email: healthfinder@hhs.gov

    • Provides information and tools to help people stay healthy.
    • Provides resources on over 1,600 health topics selected from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities.
  • National Women's Health Information Center

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712E
    Washington, D.C.  20201 
    Web: http://www.womenshealth.gov
    Email: womenshealth@hhs.gov

    • Provides a gateway to federal and other women’s health information resources.
  • Office of Minority Health

    Resource Center
    P.O. Box 37337
    Washington, D.C. 20013–7337
    301–251–2160 (fax)
    Web: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov 
    Email: info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov

    • Provides information on minority health issues to health professionals.
    • Bilingual staff members are available to serve Spanish-speaking requestors.
  • President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

    1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 560
    Rockville, MD 20852
    240–276–9860 (fax)
    Web: http://www.fitness.gov
    Email: fitness@hhs.gov

    • Works to promote the development of physical fitness, facilities, and programs.
    • Offers a variety of testing, recognition, and incentive programs.
    • Runs The President's Challenge, a program offering fitness, physical activity, and healthy eating awards to promote health and fitness.
    • Runs the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, which offers materials for parents and students to help them be physically active, and resources for teachers to support quality physical education.
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion 
    3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034
    Alexandria, VA 22302–1594
    703–305–3300 (fax)
    Web: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov

    • Advances and promotes dietary guidance for all Americans.
    • Releases dietary guidelines for Americans every 5 years and offers resources and tools such as ChooseMyPlate.gov and the SuperTracker.

    Team Nutrition
    USDA Food and Nutrition Service
    3101 Park Center Drive, Room 632
    Alexandria, VA  22302
    703–305–2549 (fax)
    Web: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov

    • Focuses on the role that nutritious school meals, nutrition education, and a health-promoting school environment play in helping ​students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity.​

Tools You Can Use

  • ClinicalTrials.Gov

    National Institutes of Health
    National Library of Medicine

    • This site provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.
  • Farmers Markets Search

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • This site provides a directory of current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States.
  • Get Moving Calculator

    • This site allows users to calculate the number of calories burned during physical activity.
  • Portion Distortion!

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center 
    National Institutes of Health
    Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/portion-distortion.htm
    • Shows the difference in size and calories between portions offered 20 years ago and what is often a standard serving today.
    • Contains tools that can be downloaded to help health educators and dietitians use this information with their clients: PowerPoint slides for each illustration, and a serving size card that shows appropriate serving sizes and can be used as a quick reference tool.
  • PubMed

    National Institutes of Health
    National Library of Medicine
    • This site is a research database.
  • Rate Your Restaurant Diet

    Center for Science in the Public Interest
    • This interactive questionnaire helps users determine whether they make healthy food choices at restaurants.
  • SuperTracker

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
    Web: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov
    • This site is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information about diet quality, physical activity status, nutrition, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.

Non-Government Resources by Health Topic​

Disability Health

  • Disabled Sports USA

    451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100
    Rockville, MD  20850
    301–217–0968 (fax)
    Web: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org
    Email: Info@dsusa.org
    • Helps people with disabilities get fit through sports.
    • Through community-based chapters, offers affordable sports and recreation programs to people with permanent disabilities.
  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

    4000 Ridgeway Drive
    Birmingham, AL  35209
    205–313–7475 (fax)
    Web: http://www.nchpad.org
    Email: email@nchpad.org
    • Provides resources on physical activity and disability. These resources cover topics including things to consider before starting an exercise program, popular activities, and ways to change sports so people with disabilities can play.

Diseases and Disorders

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

    National Headquarters
    141 Northwest Point Boulevard
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007–1098
    847–434–8000 (fax)
    Web: http://www.aap.org
    Email: csc@aap.org  
    • Provides information and publications to promote the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
    • Offers a parenting website featuring healthy living tips for parents and caregivers of children, including nutrition, fitness, and sports.
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators

    200 West Madison Street, Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312–424–2427 (fax)
    Web: http://www.diabeteseducator.org
    Email: info@aadenet.org
    • Works to improve the quality of diabetes education and care.
    • Provides resources and tools to help people manage diabetes, including healthy eating and physical activity tips, and a mobile app to set and track behavior goals.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)

    Attn: Center for Information
    1701 North Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    1–800–DIABETES (1–800–342–2383)
    Web: http://www.diabetes.org
    Email: askada@diabetes.org
    • Provides information to the public on diabetes and related topics, including nutrition, exercise, and treatment.
    • ADA also offers patient referrals.
    • Operators and information are available in Spanish.
  • American Heart Association (AHA)

    National Center
    7272 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75231
    1–800–AHA–USA1 (1–800–242–8721)
    Web: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG
    • Distributes publications on diet, nutrition, weight reduction, and exercise to the public.
    • Cookbooks by the AHA are available at local bookstores.
    • Information is available in Spanish.
  • American Institute for Cancer Research

    1759 R Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    202–328–7226 (fax)
    Web: http://www.aicr.org
    Email: aicrweb@aicr.org
    • Provides research-based publications on nutrition and cancer prevention to health professionals and the public.
    • Offers medical and nutrition advice from a registered dietitian.
  • American Stroke Association

    1–888–4–STROKE (1–888–478–7653)
    Web: http://www.strokeassociation.org
    • Distributes publications on diet, nutrition, weight reduction, and exercise for stroke prevention to the public.

Eating Disorders

  • Academy for Eating Disorders

    111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
    Deerfield, IL  60015
    847–480–9282 (fax)
    Web: http://www.aedweb.org
    Email: info@aedweb.org
    • Provides leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention.
    • Disseminates knowledge regarding eating disorders to members of the academy, other professionals, and the general public.
  • Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

    2923 Sandy Pointe, Suite 6
    Del Mar, CA 92014–2052
    858–220–7417 (fax)
    Web: http://www.edreferral.com
    Email: edreferral@gmail.com
    • Provides information and prevention and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders.
    • Provides referrals to eating disorder professionals, treatment facilities, support groups, etc.
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

    750 East Diehl Road #127
    Naperville, IL  60563
    630–577–1330 (helpline)
    Web: http://www.anad.org
    Email: anadhelp@anad.org
    • Operates a hotline (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) where information can be obtained on eating disorders, therapist referrals, and support groups.
  • National Eating Disorders Association

    165 West 46th Street
    New York, NY  10036
    Web: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
    Email: info@nationaleatingdisorders.org
    • Provides a helpline and educational resources on eating disorders and their prevention for schools, health professionals, community organizations, and individuals.
  • Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.

    P.O. Box 44020
    Rio Rancho, NM  87174–4020 
    505–891–4320 (fax)
    Web: http://www.oa.org
    • Offers meetings around the world based on a 12-step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
    • Supports people who are recovering from compulsive overeating and other eating, physical activity, and weight-control behaviors that cause them stress and pain.
    • Identifies its primary purposes as helping members abstain from compulsive overeating and carrying the message of recovery to those who still suffer.

Minority Health

  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health

    1501 16th Street NW
    Washington, D.C.  20036
    Web: http://www.hispanichealth.org
    Email: alliance@hispanichealth.org
    • Works to improve the health of Hispanics.
    • Offers training and resources to health care providers and the public.
    • Provides programs such as ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!, which involves annual Hispanic family physical activity and health events across the United States.
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses

    6301 Ranch Drive
    Little Rock, AR  72223
    501–227–5444 (fax) 
    Web: http://www.nahnnet.org
    Email: info@thehispanicnurses.org
    • Promotes and improves the quality of health and nursing care provided to Hispanic people.
  • National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

    8630 Fenton Street, Suite 330
    Silver Spring, MD  20910–3803
    301–589–3223 (fax)
    Web: http://www.nbna.org
    Email: info@nbna.org
    • Promotes and improves the health status of all people, particularly African Americans and people in other minority groups.
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging

    The Walker Building
    734 15th Street NW, Suite 1050
    Washington, D.C.  20005
    202–347–9735 (fax)
    Web: http://www.nhcoa.org
    • Works to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults and their families.
    • Promotes health and well-being, and diabetes prevention and control.
    • Runs a national diabetes education campaign in which promotores de salud (lay health workers) conduct outreach and teach Hispanic older adults and their families about diabetes prevention and control. This campaign, Salud y Bienestar (Health and Well-Being), was created in 2005 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    ​(formerly the American Dietetic Association)

    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60606–6995
    312–899–4899 (fax)
    Web: http://www.eatright.org (main website)
    http://www.eatright.org/programs/rdnfinder (Find a registered dietitian)
    Email: findnrd@eatright.org (referral to a dietitian)
    sales@eatright.org (publications)
    • Works to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
    • Provides referrals to registered dietitians (RDs) to help with weight loss, overweight, and obesity
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest

    1220 L Street NW, Suite 300
    Washington, D.C.  20005
    202–265–4954 (fax)
    Web: http://www.cspinet.org
    Email: cspi@cspinet.org
    • Provides information on nutrition and health and food safety.
  • International Food Information Council Foundation

    1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    202–296–6547 (fax)
    Web: http://www.foodinsight.org
    Email: info@foodinsight.org
    • Provides information on food safety, food ingredients, and nutrition to health professionals and the public.
  • School Nutrition Association

    120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300 
    National Harbor, MD  20745
    301–686–3115 (fax) 
    Web: http://www.schoolnutrition.org
    Email: servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org
    • Helps its more than 55,000 school nutrition professional members provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.
    • Offers materials that promote school nutrition programs and healthy school meals.


  • Obesity Action Coalition

    4511 North Himes Avenue, Suite 250 
    Tampa, FL  33614 
    813–873–7838 (fax)
    Web: http://www.obesityaction.org
    Email: info@obesityaction.org
    • Offers free educational resources on obesity, morbid obesity, and childhood obesity, as well as on consequences of and treatments for these conditions.
    • Conducts a variety of advocacy efforts throughout the United States and encourages individuals to become proactive advocates.
  • Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance

    • Works to reverse the nation's obesity trend and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
    • Researches barriers to weight loss and healthy weight.
    • Offers guides to help parents discuss weight and health with their children, as well as obesity fact sheets.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club

    4575 South Fifth Street 
    P.O. Box 070360 
    Milwaukee, WI  53207
    Web: http://www.tops.org
    Email: wondering@tops.org
    • Provides weight-loss support and education on healthy eating and regular physical activity.
    • Sponsors research to find obesity's root cause and treatment.
    • Offers materials and weekly support meetings in many states.
  • The Obesity Society

    8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1320
    Silver Spring, MD 20910 
    301–563–6595 (fax)
    Web: http://www.obesity.org
    http://www.obesity.org/membership/clinician-directory.htm (Find an obesity medicine specialist)
    • Promotes education, research, and community action to improve the quality of life for people with obesity.
    • Develops, extends, and disseminates knowledge in the field of obesity.
    • Offers an online search tool to find an obesity medicine specialist.

Obesity Treatment

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    (formerly the American Dietetic Association)

    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60606–6995
    312–899–4899 (fax)
    Web: http://www.eatright.org (main website)
    http://www.eatright.org/programs/rdnfinder (Find a registered dietitian)
    Email: findnrd@eatright.org (referral to a dietitian)
    sales@eatright.org (publications)
    • Works to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
    • Provides referrals to registered dietitians (RDs) to help with weight loss, overweight, and obesity
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

    100 SW 75th Street, Suite 201
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    352–331–4975 (fax)
    Web: http://www.asmbs.org
    Email: info@asmbs.org
    • Works to improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases.
    • Strives to advance the science and understanding of metabolic surgery. Offers a patient learning center, including resources on obesity and bariatric surgery, an online body mass index calculator, and a “provider finder” to help find information on physicians throughout the United States.
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians

    2821 South Parker Road, Suite 625
    Aurora, CO 80014
    303–779–4834 (fax)
    Web: http://www.asbp.org
    Email: info@asbp.org
    • Provides patient referrals to physicians who specialize in obesity.

Physical Activity/Exercise

  • American College of Sports Medicine

    401 West Michigan Street
    Indianapolis, IN  46202–3233 
    317–634–7817 (fax)
    Web: http://www.acsm.org
    • Provides publications, audiotapes, and videotapes on physical fitness and weight loss to health professionals and the general public.

Size Acceptance

  • Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Inc.

    P.O. Box 305
    Mount Marion, NY  12456
    845–679–1206 (fax)
    Web: http://www.cswd.org
    Email: info@cswd.org
    • Provides information on eating disorders, “sizism,” the non-dieting movement, and size discrimination.
  • National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

    P.O. Box 4662 
    Foster City, CA  94404–0662 
    • Provides support and attempts to eliminate discrimination against fat people.