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Resources on Nutrition

Montana Resources:

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital – Diabetes Center

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital – Diet and Nutrition Services Registered dietitians provide education and counseling about weight management and healthy eating, eating disorders, and preventive nutrition.

Montana Celiac Society

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)

Home and Community-Based Services Division: Public Assistance Bureau

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NAPA)

Public Health and Safety Division:

Family and Community Health Bureau:

Breastfeeding Program-WICCardiovascular Health ProgramChild and Adult Care Food ProgramFarmers’ Market Nutrition Program-WIC Montana Diabetes Project

Montana Diabetes Resource Center

Nutrition/Women, Infants, Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program

Montana Dietetic Association

Montana State University Extension Service A source of individualized information about menu and meal planning, eating within a budget, and other practical topics.

Links to Montana County Extension Offices

New Directions for Living Well with a Disability This 8-week Health Promotion Workshop teaches tools that help people with disabilities continue to do the things they enjoy. Topics include goal setting, problem solving, optimistic thinking, avoiding depression, healthy communication, information seeking, nutrition, physical activity, advocacy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Facilitate — Learn more about how to facilitate a Living Well with a Disability group.

Participate — Locate Montana’s Living Well trainings!

Northern Montana Hospital – Diabetes Care (Havre) Diabetes Educators provide the Take Control quality self-management program, recognized by the American Diabetes Association. This program builds confidence and encourages people with diabetes to achieve and maintain good health, and helps them prevent complications.

St. Vincent Healthcare – Diabetes Center (Billings) Interdisciplinary team includes nurses, dietitians, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, a counselor and an American Diabetes Association representative. Eight members of the Diabetes Team are Certified Diabetes Educators.

St. Vincent Healthcare – Weight Management Clinic (Billings) services include medically supervised weight loss (including laboratory monitoring), weekly group and or individual behavioral health sessions, nutrition counseling, protein supplements, educational materials, long-term maintenance program, and weight loss medication management.

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National Resources:

American Dietetic Association Professional organization for registered dieticians can help individuals locate local resources.

Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group is a practice group of the American Dietetic Association

American Obesity Association Focuses on research, education, prevention and treatment.

Arthritis Foundation Provides information on how nutrition affects arthritis and related conditions.

Children with Diabetes Foundation. Online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.— The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans with the focus to 1) advance and promote dietary guidance and 2) conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.

Diabetes Prevention Program’s Lifestyle Balance Fat Counter lists fat grams and calories for more than 1,500 foods, including regional foods from all parts of the U.S.

Large print version: Lifestyle Balance Fat Counter (Word document)

Large print version: Lifestyle Balance Fat Counter (pdf document)

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 5th Edition: Developed by USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help consumers, families and professionals find ways to enjoy food while maintaining good health.

Gateway to Food Safety Information

Food Safety Education Materials

Meals on Wheels Association of America works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans, provides the tools and information, and gives cash grants to local senior meal programs throughout the country to assist in providing meals and other nutrition services.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Specialized information about exercise and activity, including general exercise guidelines, for persons with all types of disabilities.

National Federation of the Blind Sponsors the Diabetes Action Network and publishes Voice of the Diabeticnewsletter.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative:

Aim for a Healthy Weight

“Calculate Your Body Mass Index”

“Calculate Your Body Mass Index” Downloadable version for use on Palm OS and PocketPC 2003 handheld devices

Menu Planner Allows user to select total daily calories and build breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition ideas/resources for families

Native American Diabetes Project Has developed a Strong in Body and Spirit, a four-book children’s series about a bald eagle that lives in a fictional Indian village on the outskirts of a city. The eagle counsels kids about the healthy Indian old ways, such as a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and a life filled with physical activity. Comprehensive source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance.

Renfrew Center Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization advancing education and research on eating disorders, and their prevention and treatment. It provides professional training and educational opportunities for mental health and medical professionals; produces educational seminars and publications for the public and participates in media activities; and conducts research into the pathology and recovery patterns of people with eating disorders. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site provides information on diet and exercise that can help individuals improve their health through incremental changes in various habits.

USDA Cooperative Extension Service

List of Local Extension Offices

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center Provides information on nutrition, food safety, the food pyramid, and government programs such as Food Stamps and WIC. Has a searchable index.

Food Stamp Nutrition Connection Nutrition and Disability Resources include general information; food resource management/shopping with disabilities; physical activity and special populations; and training materials for professionals.

U.S. Health and Human Services Healthfinder: Gateway to reliable health information, including diet, nutrition and physical activity

Weight Control Information Network A service of the National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Network raises awareness and provide up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, physical activity, weight control, and related nutritional issues to health professionals, people who are overweight or obese, the media, Congress, and the general public.

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Montana Disability and Health Program Publications:

Improving Individuals’ Nutritional Health with MENU-AIDDs, 2012 

Montana Disability and Health Update, Issue 7, MyPlate 2011

The Wise Choices Food Pyramid: What if We Did Compare Apples and Oranges? 2008  PDF Version

Nutrition for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Nutrition Standards of Care for Use by Personal Assistants, Service Providers, Healthcare Providers, Nutrition Professionals, and Family Members 2005

Eat Well to Feel Well: Your Plan for Good Health 2005

Using Commodities and Canned Foods in Group Homes for Adults with Disabilities, Practice Guideline, 2004

Food On Film©: An Innovative Method for Recording Food Intake of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Communication Difficulties Research Progress Report #22, 2004

Nutrition and Disability: Report #14, 2002


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updated 4/29/13