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Dietitian recommends USDA nutrition website for its advice, easy recipes - and fun

Maureen Franklin, registered dietitian nutritionistChildren, students, adults, families and professionals can find helpful nutritional information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website ChooseMyPlate.gov, says Maureen Franklin, left, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate's Joslin Diabetes Center. She explains some of her favorite features of the free website, including tools for eating healthily on a budget, sample menus and simple recipes. The site provides nutritional information for thousands of foods and allows users to track what they eat and how much exercise they do, features that are offered on some cellphone applications that cost money. Franklin also points out the website's many nutrition-themed games for children, the "My Plate" tips  section and the advice about what foods are in season.