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Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

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The Basics

From recommended daily allowances to the rules about ingredient labels, here's where you can find information about what to eat and how to know what's in it.

From recommended daily allowances to the rules about ingredient labels, here's where you can find information about what to eat and how to know what's in it.

See the tabs below for targeted information about nutrition in the United States.

General Recommendations

This easy-to-understand nutrition guide from the U.S. Department of Agriculture can help you make healthier food choices for yourself and your family.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The Dietary Guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nutrition basics
Helps consumers sort through nutrition research and advice.

Nutrient Recommendations
This site provides information on recommended dietary intakes of nutrients – Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA).

Performance Nutrition

HPRC Logo H-Man PNGGoing the distance: How to eat for endurance events
Eating right goes hand-in-hand with preparing for an endurance event such as a marathon. Learn more about nutrition for endurance events.

Infosheets and Postcards

Nutrition Infosheets and Postcards

Peak Nutrition: Sodium Facts

This postcard from HPRC provides information about sodium and how to choose foods that are low in sodium.


Alcohol: Bad for the Bones

This postcard from HPRC can help you learn about how alcohol affects performance.


Healthy Living for Children and Families

This postcard from HPRC provides nutritional information for raising healthy kids that works for adults too.


Nutrition: Your Child and Sports Drinks

This postcard from HPRC discusses the impact of sports drinks on children and adolescents.


An Athlete's Guide to Nutrient Timing

An HPRC postcard on nutrition and nutrient timing for athletes.

*This card should be used with "Fueling for Training and Ops."


Fueling for Training and Ops

An HPRC postcard on the special nutritional needs of Warfighters.

*This card should be used with "An Athlete's Guide to Nutrient Timing."


Peak Nutrition: G4G and MyPlate

An HPRC postcard to help diners be more aware of food quality and nutrient density.

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Peak Nutrition: Don't Run on Empty!

This postcard from HPRC helps you determine when and what should you eat before exercise.

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Fueling for Peak Performance

Learn how and when to eat for peak performance with this postcard from HPRC.

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Peak Performance: Refueling

This postcard from HPRC helps you determine what to eat to aid in recovery after exertion.


Body Fat Comparisons by Service

HPRC compiled body composition requirements for the various services in this single infosheet for ease of reference and comparison.


Grains Table

This table of whole grains—with and without gluten—shows their nutritious value.


Omega-3 Table

This table presents the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in some foods that are high in these fatty acids.


Protein Requirements Table

HPRC prepared this infosheet with information about protein needs for various activity levels.

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Portion Control Infographic

This infographic from HPRC will help you gauge portion sizes using your hand as a visual frame of reference—a “handy” way to keep portions in check!



Research Resources

Protection of Consumer Health
The men and women of FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) represent the consumers' front line against companies and individuals who endanger the public's health. This article provides more information on the important role they play to protect consumer's health.