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Helpful Groups and Organizations
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
This nonprofit fitness certification and education organization offers health and fitness tips, healthy recipes, articles about fitness training, descriptions and photos of several exercises, an online newsletter and more. Be sure to consult with your physician before participating in any form of exercise.
American Obesity Association
The American Obesity Association promotes education, research and community action to change our society’s conception of obesity and to develop strategies to deal with this epidemic disease.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery is an organization for surgeons and allied health professionals that provides education and support to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery.
Calorie Counter Database
Sponsored by About.com this website provides free weight loss tools, nutritional information, and access to a support network.
A division of Johnson & Johnson, this global medical device company’s expertise includes the realm of bariatric surgery. Either of their weight loss surgery websites provides excellent comprehensive information about bariatrics.
Exercise Prescription on the Net (ExRx.net)
ExRx.net offers extensive information about exercise science, diet and nutrition, aerobic and weight training and more. This site is great for more advanced exercise enthusiasts and provides answers to frequently asked questions, fitness testing protocols and more. Be sure to consult with your physician before participating in any form of exercise.
Fitness Partner Connection Jumpsite!
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
A nationally funded provider of online nutrition information, the FNIC website features a full alphabetical listing of nutrition topics, the USDA Nutrient Database for food analysis, a bibliography about dietary supplements, and much more.
For more than a decade, BioEnterics and now INAMED Health, a division of INAMED Corporation, has been an innovator in laparoscopic surgery and the treatment of obesity. The company’s LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System has emerged as the preferred minimally invasive surgical treatment for severe obesity by international patients with a growing demand in the United States.
Allergan, Inc., with its recent acquisition of Inamed Corporation, is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing solutions for medical aesthetics and obesity intervention. For more than a decade, Inamed Health and now Allergan has been an innovator in the surgical treatment of obesity. This website gives consumer information about the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System.
NAASO, The Obesity Society
Since 1982, this leading scientific society encourages research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and keeps the medical community and public informed of new advances. NAASO publishes a professional journal called Obesity. This is a resource for online research and consumer access to a full library of free abstracts.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
This national organization specializes in clinical research for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. Their website provides health assessment tools, recipes, menu planners, guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of obesity, and information about specific conditions, like sleep apnea.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The NIDDK is a nationally funded organization devoted to clinical research. The health information section about weight control and physical activity contains multiple links to statistics about obesity, and information about normal digestion, surgical treatment options for obesity, references and reading lists, and more.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. NIH scientists investigate disease prevention, as well as the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases. This website provides comprehensive health information, links to nutrition wellness and lifestyle topics, and a free weekly health newsletter.
Nutrition Data (ND)
This site provides a complete nutrient analysis for any food or recipe, and fast food facts for some of the most popular chain restaurants. This interactive site helps you select foods that best match your dietary needs.
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another's anonymity. This interactive website has local meeting search
State Department of Agriculture (USDA)
For more information about the Food Guide Pyramid, healthy eating recommendations, and a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level, refer to this website sponsored by the USDA.
US Obesity Statistics
This is part of the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), and is an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). There is good general information here with BMI calculator, and a synopsis of known risks of overweight and obesity.
Unjury is the manufacturer and distributor of high-grade and good tasting protein supplements designed to meet the needs of patients with special requirements. Their website features product information, recipes, a calculator to assess your daily protein needs and another to determine your daily protein consumption. Bariatric surgery patients should be aware that their protein needs may be higher or lower based upon their procedure type and time after surgery. Be sure to consult with your medical professional before use.