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Knowledge is Power! Increase Your Health Literacy with USDA Resources

Posted by Courtney Thompson, Technical Information Specialist (, National Agricultural Library in Food and Nutrition Health and Safety Research and Science
Oct 27, 2023
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October is Health Literacy Month! Health literacy is a crucial component of maintaining our health. It is your ability to access and understand health information and services. Being able to find and use the best available resources can help us live healthier lives, prevent certain health outcomes, and manage health issues and the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) make it easy to find nutrition information to empower you to make well-informed decisions regarding your health. Here are several helpful resources:

  • Browse common nutrition questions answered by's Registered Dietitians on the Expert Questions and Answers webpage.
  • Learn to identify nutrition misinformation and fraudulent health claims with’s new  Nutrition Misinformation and Fraud webpage.
  • Discover how nutrition influences general health and health conditions on FNIC’s Diet and Health webpage.  
  • Plan a weekly menu that fits your health needs with the Recipes webpage. 

Still need help understanding your nutrition and health? and FNIC staff are experienced Registered Dietitians who work at the USDA's National Agricultural Library as Nutrition Information Specialists. They are available to answer food and nutrition questions. Ask the nutrition experts today on the National Agricultural Library Ask A Question webpage.

Boost your health literacy today by exploring and sharing these free resources. Knowledge is power, and USDA is dedicated to giving you the knowledge you need to live your healthiest life.