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NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

The Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) was established by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in June 1994. WIN 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 Weight-control Information Network at WIN responds to E- mail, written and telephone requests for information, and provides a variety of written materials on obesity, weight control, and nutritional disorders.

Review Date: June 29, 2011

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American Council on Exercise®

The American Council on Exercise®(ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE helps to protect all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through its ongoing public education, outreach and research. ACE further protects the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, awards and recognition, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS is comprised of men, women, and children age 7 and older, with about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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YMCA of the USA

The National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States of America, (The YMCA of the USA), is actively involved in improving spiritual, mental, and physical health through its over 2,000 local member associations. YMCA fitness and health programs are based on preventive health care activities designed to head off heart disease, stroke, and other afflictions before they begin to develop. Prevention programs designed for people of all ages include fitness testing, aerobic conditioning, health education, individual and group fitness regimens, and weight management. Programs geared to children in kindergarten through grade nine combine exercise with educational activities which teach cardiovascular health concepts. Prevention programs for adults offer fitness assessment and development of individualized programs for exercise and conditioning. Intervention programs include a program designed to prevent back pain and educational and rehabilitation programs for cardiac patients. Certification programs are offered for health and fitness instructors. Local YMCAs publish flyers announcing their health and fitness programs.

Review Date: October 14, 2009

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