US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has announced the launch of a new nutrition website designed to help people find answers to nutrition- and food-related questions.

The website provides information on nutrition and dietary guidance from multiple government agencies.

"Health solutions begin with the availability of reliable nutrition and physical activity information the public can use to make good health choices and maintain a healthy weight," Veneman said. "Nutrition.gov is a web-based resource that includes databases, recipes, interactive tools and specialised information for infants and children, adult women and men and seniors."

The site includes information provided by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. The USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board recommended in 2003 that USDA develop food- and exercise-based strategies for obesity prevention, and coordinate with other federal agencies toward a national prevention effort.