Hotline gives nutrition info

What is a healthy weight? What makes a weight-loss program healthy and successful? Are prescription weight-loss drugs safe?

If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you can now have help finding the answers, thanks for a new Consumer Nutrition Hot Line sponsored by the Chicago-based American Dietetic Association (ADA).

When you dial the number, (800) 366-1655, you will hear a recorded weight management message from registered dietitians. You will also be offered insight into some of the issues frequently faced by people working to achieve a healthy weight, such as:

• determining healthy body weight;

• developing a personalized healthy weight-loss eating plan;

• assessing body composition — body weight versus body fat;

• using prescription weight-loss drugs as part of healthy weight management.

The hotline message reflects the ADA’s position that successful weight management for adults requires a lifelong commitment to healthful behaviors and eating practices and to physical activity. Steps to achieve that commitment should be sustainable and enjoyable, according to the association.

In addition to the weight management message, other nutrition-related messages are on the hotline, which airs messages from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Central Time), Monday-Friday. A referral service to help people find a registered dietitian for individual or group counseling is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Time) Monday-Friday at the same number.

People with a specific food or nutrition question can dial (900) Call-An-RD [(900) 225-5267] to get customized nutrition information directly from registered dietitians, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Time), Monday-Friday. The cost of the call is $1.95 for the first minute, and $.95 for additional minutes.