Getting regular exercise is one of the best ways to reach and maintain fitness and good health. Being fit helps you to feel good, fend off illness, and increase energy.
♥ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Physical Activity for Everyone: explains the importance of physical activity, how to get started, and how to make physical activity a part of your life.
♥ American Heart Association: offers tips and ideas on how to make physical activity part of your daily life.
♥ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases – Tips to Help You Get Active: this website can help you get moving by offering ideas to beat your roadblocks to getting active.
♥ Mayo Clinic – Fitness Center: find fitness information and expert exercise advice on starting an exercise program, staying motivated, preventing injury and more.
Confused about what foods you should eat to ensure good health? Unsure about how many servings of each food group should be eaten daily? The following websites contain information and tools that can help you create a healthy diet for you and your family.
♥ The Nutrition Source – Knowledge for Healthy Eating: this site is designed to get you started toward the healthiest diet possible. Provides clear tips for healthy eating and dispels a few nutrition myths along the way.
♥ MyPyramid: created by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. The MyPyramid Plan can help you make smart choices from every food group, find your balance between food and physical activity, and get the most nutrition out of your calories.
♥ United States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Information Center: provides resources for nutrition and health on dietary guidance, diet and disease, food safety, weight and obesity and more.
♥ Nutrition.gov: easy online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers. Topics include weight management, shipping, cooking and meal planning, dietary guidelines, and much more.
♥ American Dietetic Association: Provides consumers with information on the latest nutrition news and facts, healthy eating for children, planning a healthful diet, nutrition reading lists and much more.
Successful weight loss and ongoing weight management is no easy feat; however, it is possible. The following websites contain tips and tools to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
♥ US Food and Drug Administration – How to Lose and Manage Weight: offers information on how to lose and manage weight, physical activity, and obesity treatments.
♥ Mayo Clinic – Weight Loss Center: explores the components of successful weight loss, from diet and exercise to weight loss programs, products and surgery.
♥ Weight-Control Information Network: this site provides up-to-date science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
♥ Aim for a Healthy Weight (Obesity Education Initiative): guidelines that provide you with a new approach for the measurement of weight and obesity and a set of steps for safe and effective weight loss.
Stress can be a motivating factor and it can help you focus, but too much stress can cause health problems. The following websites can help you to assess your stress and assist you in decreasing it so that you can be as healthy as possible.
♥ MEDLINEPlus: this website has information on the effects of stress on health; stress on pregnancy, on the job, during holidays and stress in children, teenagers, women and families.
♥ Cleveland Clinic: enter “stress management” in the search box, then click on “written” for helpful links on warning signs, phases of stress, coping with stress, biofeedback, holiday stress, and much more.
♥ Healthfinder: enter stress in the search box for links on different kinds of stress, including work related and organizations dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few.
♥ Mayo Clinic – Stress Center: find out how stress is harmful – recognize stress symptoms and explore practical tips on stress relief and stress management.
♥ American Institute of Stress: gives an overview of stress, the effects of stress, stress reduction, stress on the job, newsletters and more.
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Are you concerned about drug or alcohol abuse for yourself or someone you care about? Do you know how to talk to them about your concerns?
♥ National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: resources for current and comprehensive information about substance abuse prevention and treatment.
♥ National Institute on Drug Abuse: information for children, teens, parents and professionals on the dangers of drug abuse.
♥ National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: this institute offers its many publications online, as well as, links to information on clinical trials and frequently asked questions.
♥ The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: this website has directories for finding substance abuse programs and treatment. Also included is information on how to work with young people involved in drug abuse and find effective drug abuse treatment programs.
♥ Alcoholics Anonymous: This website includes information on the organization, its goals and methods. Included are answers to many questions about joining AA and attending meetings and where meetings are held in your area.
♥ Mayo Clinic – Drug Addiction: comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms, treatment and coping skills.
♥ Mayo Clinic – Alcoholism: comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms, and treatment of this serious addiction.
The following websites offer information and tools on mental health issues.
♥ National Institute of Mental Health: large government website of information specific to depression.
♥ MEDLINEPlus: extensive collection of resources on alternative therapies, clinical trials, coping strategies, diagnosis, research, depression associated with specific conditions, treatments, legal aspects, news, depression-related organizations.
♥ Center for Mental Health Services: type depression in search window. Includes state resource guides, information on mental health parity, special populations, homelessness, managed care, and more.
♥ National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: national advocacy group for the treatment of mental illness. Offers educational programs and resources as well as support and advocacy services for family and friends of the mentally ill.
♥ Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: this website will help you find a local chapter and support groups, benefit from the online information and education about bipolar disorder, adolescent depression, suicide and more.
Diabetes – are you one of the 13 million people who know they have diabetes? Or one of the 5.2 million who have it but don’t know for sure? To learn how to minimize your risks of developing diabetes, you may want to review the information on one or more of these websites.
♥ American Diabetes Association: contains information on Types 1 & 2. Healthy living tips on nutrition, exercise, stress, and more.
♥ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: provides consumers with an overview of diabetes, treatments, complications, statistics, and clinical trials.
♥ Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center: enter diabetes mellitus in the search box, then click written for useful links on foot care, diet, exercise, disease management, medications, alternative therapies, and more.
♥ Health Information for the Whole Family: enter diabetes in the search box for helpful patient information on treatments, monitoring blood sugar levels, risk, helping a family member with diabetes, care of the eyes and feet, nutrition, what diabetes means for your baby, heart disease and more.