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WIN : Weight-control Information Network

The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Established in 1994, WIN provides the general public, health professionals, and the media with up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.”–From the website.

Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?

“No owner wants a pet to suffer because medical care is out of reach. Financial aid is out there, and there are steps you can take to cover an emergency vet bill.”–From the website.  The Humane Society of the United States offers information that could help anyone who needs help in paying for veterinary care for their pets.

Fabriclink is the trade-to-consumer online resource.  For 10 years, FabricLink has been the premier site for consumer textile education and product promotion.  Currently, averages over 150,000 visitors each month, who access the site’s wealth of fabric resource and product educational information.”–From the website.

Social Security Administration – Retirement Estimator

“The Retirement Estimator gives estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record. Please keep in mind that these are just estimates. We can’t provide your actual benefit amount until you apply for benefits.”–From the website

Keyboard Tutorial and Typing Test

An online typing practice page that has 16 lessons that will help anyone learn how to type or improve their skills.  A user sits at his or her computer and completes each lesson.  Free to use, of course, but some advertising on the site.

This site was created by Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture to advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans.  It exists to help consumers understand the USDA’s food recommendations.  It offers tips, printable reference materials, information about the different food groups, and useful tools such as a food tracker and database of food.  Very useful and fun site.

Credit Repair Information

“The Tennessee Consumer Protection Act § 47-18-1001 requires Credit Services Businesses, also known as Credit Repair Companies, to register with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and to obtain a $100,000 Surety Bond. This bond is for the consumer’s protection against fraudulent business practices. These companies are also required to allow consumers five (5) business days to cancel a contract for service.”–From the Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division web page.

Consumer can click on a link on this page to find the companies that have complied with this law.

Also there are links to documents that are designed to help consumers learn more about credit service businesses, credit repair, and debt management plans.

Federal law allows you to obtain a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.  And you get your free credit reports through this website.

VERIFY.TN.GOV – License Search and Verification

For professions in Tennessee:  “[Y]ou can verify the license status of people in dozens of professions, including home improvement/contractors, real estate agents, security guards, cosmetologists, and many more. To see what professions you can search for, when you enable the search form, select from the “professions” pull-down menu.”–From the website.

Get a Copy of Your Tennessee Driving History

New from the State of Tennessee website, information is found her on how you can get an official copy of your Tennessee driving history, also known as a motor vehicle record or MVR.

Kid Central Tennessee

“This new website provides information on health, education, development and support to Tennessee families, as well as a searchable State Services Directory. Families can create a Parent Profile to receive information tailored to the specific needs of their child.  The kidcentral tn Mobile App ( allows families to receive important updates, search hundreds of state services, store their child’s emergency contacts, school and/or child care information at their fingertips, and share data with relatives, babysitters, or other caregivers, as they see fit.

Organic Consumers Association

“[Organic Consumers Association is] …  the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.”–From the website.

FindHelpTN Benefits Wizard

“FindHelpTN helps Tennesseans find state and federal programs and services they might qualify for. We look at the basic rules for each program to see if you might be eligible.”–From the website.

Keep My Tennessee Home

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency administers the Keep My Tennessee Home Program that aims to offer assistance to homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgages and face the loss of their homes to foreclosure.  There are videos available that explain the program.

Public Libraries — Mapped

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has mapped the public libraries of the United States and Puerto Rico here.  There are over 17,000 public libraries, more than the number of McDonald’s (about 14,000) in America and more than the number of Starbuck’s (about 11,000).