100 Awesome Web Tools and Resources for Nutritionists

Posted September 25th, 2008 by Site Administrator in Health, Nutrition (No Comments »)

Nutritionists have a wealth of tools available to them to help their businesses grow, connect them to clients and research diet plans, nutrition data and more. Whether you manage your own consulting business for clients around the country or you’re just trying to break into the industry and learn more about education options and nutrition advocacy, you’ll find what you need to spread the word about safe, healthy eating. Calorie Counters From determining how many calories someone needs to maintain their weight to figuring out how many calories are burned during a workout, use these calorie calculators.

  1. Calorie Calculator – Daily Caloric Needs: Find out how many calories you need to consume everyday based on your age, weight, eight, exercise level and sex.
  2. Stevens Creek Calorie Calculator: Type in your weight, age, sex and activity levels to find out how many calories you burn and how many you need to intake each day.
  3. Tool: Calorie Calculator: Use the Mayo Clinic’s simple calorie calculator to get an estimate of how many calories you need to maintain your weight.
  4. Calorie Calculator: Type in the food items you consume to figure out how many calories and fat grams you’re consuming.
  5. Activity Calorie Calculator: Fill in your weight and the amount of time you want to spend exercising. This calculator then shows you how many calories you can burn doing various exercises for that amount of time.
  6. Calories Burned Estimator: Learn how many calories your active clients burn doing various activities using this calculator.
  7. Calorie Calculator: Find out how many calories you burn doing the ski machine, weight lifting, aerobics, golf, tennis and more.
  8. Diet Power 4.4: This software program manages your calories in a Calorie Bank, which contains data for 21,000 foods.
  9. Adult Energy Needs and BMI Calculator: Help adult clients figure out their needed caloric intake here.
  10. Fat and Calorie Calculator: The Food Network’s calculator estimates how many calories are in foods like meatloaf, chicken, grapes and more.

Nutrition Information and News Get information on the food pyramid, nutrition facts labels and more here.

  1. What’s In Food: Help your clients better understand carbohydrates, sodium, antioxidants and other food ingredients with these charts and guides.
  2. My Pyramid e-Catalog: This tool connects teachers and nutritionists to education materials about the Food Pyramid.
  3. Nutrition Facts and Information Center: Look up information on vitamins, nutrients, minerals the Food Pyramid, nutrition needs and more on this site.
  4. Nutrition Information and Resource Center: Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences provides this resources, full of information about food science, nutrition for chronic disease and more.
  5. Learn to Read Food Labels: This diagram can be a good refresher for you or for your clients
  6. Nutrition Data Sheets: Enter a product ID number or product description to get the nutrition data on practically any food.
  7. Vegetable Nutrition Data: Quickly look up nutrition information for vegetables like celery, onion, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, okra, bell peppers and more.
  8. Pizza Hut Nutrition Calculator: The next time one of your client’s wants to skip a healthy option in favor of Pizza Hut, show them this calculator.
  9. The Lowdown on Nutrition Data: Direct your clients to this page if they want more information on proteins, the relation of sleep to nutrition and more.
  10. Vitamins and Mineral Supplements: This very detailed article and chart goes over nutrition deficiencies and the benefits of different vitamins and minerals.

Government Resources and Guides Turn to Nutrition.gov and similar government resources to learn about advocacy campaigns, weight loss programs and more.

  1. Nutrition.gov: This website features a "What’s in Food" section, weight management tools and guides, and plenty of information about the campaign to help Americans lose weight.
  2. Eat Smart. Play Hard: This resources is marketed for teachers, but anyone trying to get adults or kids to eat healthy and exercise can use the materials as part of their lesson.
  3. Food Safety Information: The USDA site has news stories, guides for food preparation and more for safe and healthy eating.
  4. Healthy Meals Resource System: Nutritionists with children as clients can use this resource to find materials that promote healthy eating, menu planning, and more.
  5. National Agricultural Library: This index quickly connects you to all kinds of nutrition and health information, from binge eating to child nutrition to vegetarian nutrition.
  6. How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label: Teach your clients how to read the nutrition facts label when they’re at the grocery store by using this tool.
  7. Nutrition: This nutrition center from MedLine Plus features basic information on nutrients, tips for eating healthy, and lots of news stories and articles about nutrition.
  8. Fruits and Veggies Matter: This government campaign features materials for figuring out portion size, healthy recipes and benefits of eating fruits and veggies.
  9. Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals: Find data and statistics, nutrition plans, reports and recommendations, fact sheets and more.
  10. Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Make sure your diet plans adhere to this system.

Tools for Your Clients Refer your clients to these web tools that help them keep track of their diet, learn about menu planning, and setting goals.

  1. My Health Record: Lifeclinic’s tool organizes your personal health records, family records, cholesterol measurements, weight and more.
  2. NutritionData: Clients can use this site to log their calorie consumption and create menu plans.
  3. Food and Nutrition: TeensHealth’s archive of nutrition articles includes titles like "5 Reasons to Pack Your Lunch," "A Guide to Eating for Sports," and "Hunger and Malnutrition."
  4. Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Tool: Whether you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight, this tool can help clients figure out how to make the most of the food pyramid.
  5. MealsMatter: Set up an account here to track meals, menu plans, a personal nutrition planner and more.
  6. America on the Move: Join this program to access tools like the daily activity log, step counter, weekly chef videos, Cut 100 Calories tool and more.
  7. Look at 300 Calories: To give your clients a better perspective on portion size, show them this diagram.
  8. MyPyramid Game: Build your own food pyramid based on your activity levels.
  9. Calcium Quiz: Take this quiz to find out if you’re getting enough calcium.
  10. My Fitness Planner: Track your fitness goals and your activity levels here.

Organization and Tracking This list includes tools that are useful for nutritionists and their clients, from avoiding weekend diet traps to managing health calculators to maintaining an online food diary.

  1. free dieting: This weight loss guide has loads of tools, including health calculators, fitness and workout programs, tips for losing weight and more.
  2. NutriBase: This software program can be a great tool for clients and nutritionists, as it allows you to track menu items, find recipes, view a nutrient selection list, get meal plans, set up nutrition goals and more.
  3. Weekend Diet Traps: This guide shares tips on how to keep your diet organized and on-track, even on the weekend.
  4. The Dietician’s Planner: This very easy-to-use planner tracks intake of all parts of the food pyramid.
  5. FitDay Free Diet and Weight Loss Journal: Suggest this tool to clients who have a hard time keeping up with their goals and daily meals.
  6. iFitOne: Use this weight loss motivation and tracking tool to help clients reach their goals.
  7. NutriDiary: Use this free diet diary to track the weight loss of your clients.
  8. MyNetDiary: This is another online diet journal that can be used to figure out our nutrition needs, plan out meals and track weight loss.
  9. StartYourDiet.com: Here, nutritionists and clients can link up with diet buddies, monitor their diets, plan meals and more.
  10. Weight-by-Date: Windows users can use this software program to track nutrition and weight loss.

Managing Your Business Becoming a successful nutritionist or dietitian takes more than just knowledge about healthy living. Use these tools to organize your finances, contact management and more.

  1. Highrise: Track and manage all of your contact information and contact history with this tool.
  2. Breeze: Spread the word about new specials and services with this e-mail campaign tool.
  3. Harvest: Use this time-tracking tool to help you with invoicing as you zip from one appointment to the next.
  4. Box.net: If you keep client files and diet tracking files on your computer, use this system to share information and free up space elsewhere.
  5. Nolo: If you need to manage contracts and other legal paperwork, use this system to help you out.
  6. Backpack: Use this popular tool to organize all of your paperwork, to-do lists and more.
  7. Google Calendar: Use Google Calendar to keep track of appointments and events, wherever you are.
  8. Escrow: Escrow is another finance management tool that’s great for those with their own business.
  9. GoToMeeting: Nutritionists who are juggling lots of different clients can use this tool to remind them of upcoming appointments.
  10. ConferenceCall: Broaden your business to clients across the country when you use a web conferencing tool like this one.

Networking and Communities Nutritionists can reap the benefits of networking organizations and online communities. From advertising ideas to sharing tips and recruiting clients to learning about new recipes, tools and diets, these sites afford nutritionists and dietitians all kinds of opportunities.

  1. International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists: Become a member of the IAACN to become certified, network and more.
  2. American Dietetic Association: Food and nutrition professionals can join this group to learn about research projects, education and advocacy, conferences and more.
  3. Tropicana Nutrition Institute: This worldwide organization encourages discussion about nutrition science, general health and more.
  4. National Association of Sports Nutrition: Access certification programs, jobs and more through this network.
  5. Ask the Dietician: Learn about a different specialty on this site, which provides dietitians’ answers to questions about food allergies, cholesterol, migraines, junk food and more.
  6. NutriCoach: Become a member to access file sharing capabilities, videos, nutrition and health news and more.
  7. Fat Secret: Learn about different diets, share recipes, maintain a food diary and network on this site.
  8. dietGuild: Join this group to share tips and build up your business, or refer clients to the community to get inspired to lose weight.
  9. Wellsphere: This site encourages users to "indulge in healthier living." Learn about local gyms and exercise opportunities, meet other members and read about healthy eating.
  10. The DailyPlate: This fun to use tracker lets you create a page and join groups, search diets and maintain a free food diary.

Healthy Food Guides and Recipes Continue learning about healthy eating, vitamins, recipes and organic eating to share the newest trends and news with clients.

  1. Shopping Tips for Healthy Eating: Read this article to help your clients figure out smart shopping tips.
  2. Top Tips for Eating More Fruit and Veg: This easy guide can help stubborn and picky eaters incorporate more fruits and veggies into their diet.
  3. NutritionData blog: This diet and fitness blog has great recipe ideas, motivation for working out and more.
  4. 4 Best Web Tools to Help You Eat Local: Encourage your clients to eat local, which will motivate them to try out seasonal vegetables and more produce in general.
  5. DietDetective: Visit this site to learn about different types of healthy foods, read blogs about diet and nutrition, perform a food search and more.
  6. VegWeb: Find all types of vegetarian recipes here.
  7. Healthy Desserts on a Budget: Share these yummy but healthy dessert ideas with clients concerned with their food budgets.
  8. 5 Best and Healthiest Foods: This guide, written by dietitians, includes soy, greens, berries, salmon and whole grains.
  9. Cheap Healthy Good: Visit this blog to get recipe ideas and information about buying local.
  10. The World’s Healthiest Foods: Get nutrition information, recipe ideas and more on the world’s healthiest foods and ingredients here.

Learning About Different Food, Medical and Diet Plans To broaden your expertise, learn about different food plans, special diets and medical conditions that affect diet.

  1. Diet Pyramids: Get an overview of the traditional diet pyramids, as well as a Mediterranean diet pyramid, Latin American diet pyramid and others.
  2. Diabetes Healthy Eating Tools: Tools in this set include a blood sugar demo, breakfast matchmaker, carb choices calculator minerals guide and more.
  3. Healthy Eating at Any Age: Check this guide for an estimate of the daily caloric needs of males and females from toddler age to over 50.
  4. The Dysphagia Calculator: If you have clients with dysphagia, use this tool to create menu plans.
  5. Seafood Watch: For diets rich in seafood, track local fish populations and use the mercury calculator.
  6. The Athlete’s Calculator: Athletes need special diet plans, and you can use this tool to stay organized.
  7. 20 Unhealthy Foods That You Think are Healthy but are Actually Killing You Slowly: Get the lowdown on labels that claim to be "fat free" and "sugar free" here.
  8. Special Diets and Recipes: If you have a client with heartburn, cancer or high cholesterol, use this list to come up with healthy and safe recipes.
  9. Special Diets Resource Guide: Find recipes and food information for clients with celiac disease, ADD, egg allergies, nut and peanut allergies and more.
  10. Food and Diet: This website has lots of great recipe ideas for picky eaters, as well as nutrition information and details for low fat, high protein and low calorie diets.

Educational and Professional Tools and Guides Here you can find salary reports, education programs and job boards for nutritionists and dietitians.

  1. Dietitians and Nutritionists: Get an overview of salary information, education and training, job outlook and more for these two occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. Nutrition Education: Learn about the types of classes and programs nutrition students will be expected to take.
  3. Who is a Dietitian and What is a Nutritionist?: Find out what these two professionals do on a daily basis, where to find dietitians in your area, median salary information and more.
  4. Dietitians and Nutrition: Look up programs and continuing education credits for dietitians and nutritionists here.
  5. Nutrition Jobs: This job board is just for job seekers and employers in the nutrition industry, and featured employers include ARAMARK, Healthcare Services Group and Sodexo.
  6. RDLink Jobs: Search for jobs in the diet and nutrition industry here.
  7. DietitianNutritionist.com: Search for jobs, continuing education resources, publications and more on this site.
  8. Nutrition Explorations: Find education materials and more on this site for nutrition professionals, parents and educators.
  9. National Dairy Council Nutrition Education Materials: From kids’ health education tools to client education tools, you’ll find what you need to teach your clients about nutrition here.
  10. Nutritionist: Check out this information from The Princeton Review about what it takes to become a nutritionist.

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