General Resources

2000 CDC Growth Charts: United States

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Health Statistics.

Growth charts have been used by healthcare providers and parents to track the growth of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States since 1977. Website provides resources including clinical growth charts, educational materials, data tables and reports.


Nutrition and the Health of Young People

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Facts and statistics about the status of child and adolescent nutrition in the United States. Also in PDF|85 KB.


Snacking Patterns of U.S. Adolescents (PDF | 436 KB)

USDA. ARS. Food Surveys Research Group.

Highlights adolescent snacking patterns, and assesses nutrient intake and calorie intake from snacks based on 2005-2006 NHANES data. Published October 2010.


Milk Matters Image Milk Matters

DHHS. NIH. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

Promotes calcium consumption among tweens and teens, especially during the ages of 11 to 15.


America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

Provides a report on the key indicators of child and family well-being in America. Links to reports from previous years.


Children's Nutrition Research Center

USDA. ARS. Children's Nutrition Research Center.

Serves as a gateway to research information, and provides resources on maternal, infant, and child nutrition.


Interactive Tools

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Links to web sites that allow consumers to enter information and receive individual feedback to help with diet evaluation and planning, checking personal health risks and testing knowledge. Scroll down to "The Interactive Playground" to find games and quizzes specifically for children and teens.


VERB Youth Media Campaign

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Information on the VERB campaign, which focuses on increasing physical activity among America's youth. Also in Spanish.


FoodReview: Examining the Well-Being of Children

USDA. Economic Research Service.

From October 2001, contains articles on the well-being of America's children, children's diet quality, the problem of overweight children, foodborne disease among children, the economics of breastfeeding, and food assistance programs that help children and their families.