RECREATION & FITNESS

Nutrition

Nutrition is the study of food and how it nourishes the human body. There is a direct link between what we eat and our weight. Diet and weight are something many of us struggle with our whole lives. If you are interested in learning more and working towards eating a healthier diet, the information included in the links below offer a great foundation. If you want to know more, or are ready to make a change to a healthier lifestyle, contact your Semper Fit staff. They can help!

Links to Help You Work Towards a Healthy Weight!

Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index or BMI is a ratio of height to weight that provides an estimate of body composition which helps classify degrees of obesity.  BMI does not take into account the percent of body fat or lean body mass, so it is a less accurate way of measuring body composition.

Understanding Body Composition

Menu Planner 
This is a great online tool for counting calories.

Portion Distortion
A simple interactive tool for reviewing portion size, the calories consumed, and how long it can take to burn off the calories.

Balancing Calories
Everything you could ever want to know about calories!

What You Should Know About Popular Diets
The real truth behind popular diets, amazing claims, and what you should really know about these diets.

Strategies for Success
If you are interested in losing weight, start here.

My Plate:  Steps to a Healthier You
Based upon the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this program offers a personalized program with interactive tools and recipes to get you started.

My Plate(.pdf file)

Tips for Eating Out 
How to make good choices when you eat out.

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label 
This site explains how to “decipher” a food label and understand the information so you can make better choices.

Fruits & Veggies:  More Matters  
Look for the Fruits & Veggies:  More Matters logo in the commissary!

Healthy Eating Tips for Vegetarians

A vegetarian diet can meet all of your nutrient needs. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs.

Dietary Supplements

It is the policy of Semper Fit not to prescribe, recommend or provide supplements to our patrons for any reason.  However, in today’s fitness culture, there is a great deal of discussion about dietary supplements.  In order to provide the best information for you to make informed decisions about dietary supplements, we offer the following links.

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

 

Human Performance Resource Center

National Institutes of Health/Office of Dietary Supplements

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health

Dietary Supplements 101/U S Food & Drug Administration

Claims & Risks of Ergogenic Agents

Requirements & Functions of Vitamins and Minerals