Nutrition Resources

Nutrition Fact Sheets
Menu/Food Planning
Nutrition Tools


Jumpstart your knowledge on nutrition using the resources below, which include tools, tips, and quizzes to help you learn the essentials of eating right. Some of these may surprise you.

United States Department of Agriculture

Get personalized meal plans, figure out your daily caloric needs, track your food intake and physical activity, set your goals, and more using interactive tools to help you and your members make healthful daily choices in nutrition and fitness.

Nutrition Facts Label Program and Materials
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find information on understanding the nutrition facts label on food and how to make healthy choices.

Consumer Nutrition Information
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find information, tips, research, and more about nutrition, food, and health from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tips for a Healthy Refrigerator
Open the Door to a Healthy Heart

The Healthy Fridge helps you review the state of your refrigerator, offers tips for making better nutritional decisions, and provides heart-health facts and information.

My Fats Translator
American Heart Association

This tool calculates your recommended range of daily fat intake when you enter basic information such as physical traits and activity levels. It also provides food suggestions to help you stay within the recommended range.

Nutrition Fact Sheets

Check out these fact sheets on topics like whole grains, fats, fiber, calories, and eating for a healthy heart. Print them out and hang them in your station to educate other department members.

My Plate Printable Materials
U.S. Department of Agriculture

The web site includes a number of print materials which are available as downloadable PDFs, including healthy eating for an active lifestyle and making better food choices.

Food and Nutrition Topics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Find facts and tips on a variety of food and nutrition topics, from eating out and vitamins and nutrients, to dietary supplements and cooking tips and trends.

Menu/Food Planning

Use these resources to help you and your fellow first-responders learn how to build a healthy menu by changing the contents of your kitchen. These resources provide tips on how to incorporate healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables, into your daily diet, as well as how to enjoy eating out while still eating nutritiously.

Menu Planner
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Do you know how to get your recommended daily calories, fats, and nutrients? This menu planner helps you break down what you need to eat to meet your goals.

Heart Check Food Certification Program
American Heart Association

This grocery list includes only items that have been certified as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association.

A Healthier You – Shopping List
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Use this list to stock up on low-fat, high-nutrient foods from every section of the grocery store.

Can I Eat This?…Meal Planning and Tips
American Diabetes Association

This interactive tool helps you plan your meals as well as learn more about the food you eat, find recipes based on variables such as main ingredient or nutrition criteria, and create your own dishes.

Eating Out
American Diabetes Association

Use this guide to find out which items are healthy and which to avoid when dining out.

Tips to Incorporate Fruits and Veggies into Your Diet
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Use these tips to find out how to add more fruits and vegetables into the meals you eat every day.

The Healthy Firehouse
Chef Joseph  Bonanno

This web site from firefighter, chef, nutritionist, and fitness expert Joseph Bonanno features recipes and videos of delicious yet nutritious foods you can make at the firehouse. Bonanno also hosts the show American Firehouse Cuisine, which features great firehouse recipes and special guests. Find the show at and search for “American Firehouse Cuisine.”

Nutrition Tools

Use the tools below as a fun way to test your knowledge while learning more about specific nutritional information for a variety of foods.

National Nutrient Database
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Find the exact nutrient content of any food item.

Portion Distortion
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Learn how foods have portions have increase over the years – and the actual recommended serving size.

MyPlate SuperTracker
U.S. Department of Agriculture

This online tool will help you assess your food intake/diet quality and physical activity status, set and manage your goals, and track your weight progress.

Food Database

Find out the nutritional information for over 50,000 generic and brand name foods, including calorie count, fat content, fiber content, protein content, and more.

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