Weight Management Tools and Resources
Maintaining a healthy weight for life is important for everyone. These tools and resources help families and communities learn more about managing a healthy weight. You will find additional tools and resources to help you manage weight in the nutrition, physical activity, and screen time reduction sections.
Offers practical tips from We Can! to help parents help their families find the right balance of eating well and being physically active to maintain a healthy weight. The Parent Handbook received the 2005 NIH Plain Language Award for an Outstanding Plain Language Product. You can also order the handbook online.
- Available in Spanish: ¡Nosotros Podemos! Familias Encontrando el Balance: Manual para Padres (1.9 MB) or you can order the Spanish-language version online.
This tip sheet provides an overview of the We Can! program and tips for living a healthier lifestyle with their kids.
Use this worksheet to better understand how balancing energy in and energy out can help your family maintain a healthy weight.
Calories Needed Each Day (165 KB)
This tip sheet explains the calories needed each day for boys and men, and for girls and women by age and three levels of physical activity.
Find ideas for tasty and healthy snacks that will help you and your family stay at a healthy weight.
Try these tips from We Can! to eat well and move more and see how easy taking small steps toward a healthier life can be.
Words to Know (97 KB)
Learn the meaning of words that will be used a lot during the We Can! Parent Program, such as calorie balance, overweight, and portion size.
This 60-second animation highlights the importance of preventing overweight and obesity for families.
Use this calculator from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI) according to height and weight.
This short “matte article” from We Can! explains how BMI relates to weight problems. A "matte article" is a news stories that is prewritten, with a graphic or photos included. It can be distributed to print media. It is also great for newsletters and hand-outs.
We Can! collaborated with two of its national partners, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Family Physicians, to develop this tip sheet that provides physicians and other health professionals with information to prevent childhood overweight and obesity.
This tip sheet developed by the National Diabetes Education Program, provides useful information for teens and their families about diabetes and encourage teens to stay at a healthy weight in order to manage their disease for a long and healthy life.
This NHLBI resource is a culturally-appropriate educational booklet for African Americans on heart healthy living. In an easy-to-read format, the booklet provides concise information on heart disease and its risk factors. It explains heart attack signs and how to respond to them, as well as how to reduce risk factors for heart disease, prevent and control high blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, prevent and control diabetes, manage weight, and stop smoking. It includes an action plan and tip sheet.
This Web site from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Obesity Education Initiative has information to help reduce the prevalence of overweight along with the prevalence of physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and overall morbidity and mortality from CHD.
An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this Web site provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Diseases and Conditions Index is a Web-based health index that gives you a quick and easy way to get complete and dependable information. It includes information on Overweight and Obesity, as well as information about heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. New topics will be added regularly.
Aim for a Healthy Weight Patient Booklet (2.28 MB)
This NHLBI booklet for adults contains practical, easy-to-use information for losing and maintaining weight—including tips on healthy eating and physical activity, other options such as weight loss medications and weight loss surgery, setting weight loss goals, and rewarding success. The booklet also includes portion and serving size information, sample reduced calorie menus, tips on dining out, a sample walking program, weekly food and activity diary, and more.
This Web page out of the Office of the Surgeon General provides information about childhood obesity prevention and the program: Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) provides online information about healthy youth, including childhood obesity.