January 2019

Health & Wellness Websites

Laura Emery, Field Editor

It’s that time of year! Everywhere you turn somebody’s not feeling well. With no control over those around you suffering from sickness, maintaining your optimum health level is of paramount importance.

The internet is replete with practical resources, expert advice and online support for people who resolve to improve their health and wellness in the New Year.

For those with a history of heart disease or other heart complications, the American Heart Association’s website (Heart.org) is an invaluable resource. The Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide lets you browse a list of alphabetically ordered heart- and stroke-related concerns and issues.

Although you may be in tip-top physical condition and in perfect health — you may still be confronted with an unexpected medical crisis and have to be the doctor and diagnose the situation until trained medical professionals arrive on the scene. That’s when MedicineNet.com becomes a valuable source for emergency first-aid procedures. This website explains the steps to take for severe allergic reactions, heat stroke, puncture wounds, burns, seizures and more.

SheKnows.com is a women’s health and wellness website that features articles on parenting, fertility, pop culture, nutrition and other interesting topics geared towards women. You can even find information on women’s reproductive rights and mammogram technology on this site.

More and more athletes and average exercisers are turning to yoga, the ancient Indian meditative technique of twists, stretches and poses, in order to slim their shape and relax their minds, bodies and souls. The Yoga Journal (YogaJournal.com) is dedicated to the qualities that yoga exemplifies, including peace, integrity, clarity and compassion. You can sign up for a free weekly newsletter, try the featured pose, correspond with yoga experts, find yoga poses and learn yoga basics. Another highly rated yoga website is The Yoga Site (YogaSite.com/postures.html). This general guide outlines the various forms of yoga, helps users find a yoga teacher, and offers yoga books for sale.

Everyday Health (EverydayHealth.com) describes its mission as: “To inspire and empower people to live their healthiest lives, every day.” Here, you’ll find lots of articles, slide shows, quizzes and interactive tools created by leading healthcare providers to help you make smarter health decisions. Since content is written by medical experts, you can rely on the information that is regularly updated to account for recent medical studies.

WebMD.com is another great source. It provides credible information, supportive communities and in-depth reference material about health subjects.

Another popular health website is MayoClinic.com, which provides in-depth, easy-to-understand information on hundreds of diseases and conditions, drugs and supplements, tests and procedures. It also offers a nifty “Symptom Checker” tool and “First-Aid Guide” for quick answers to all types of health conditions, along with medical blogs, expert answers, videos and links to additional resources.

WeightWatchers.com has informative articles, and you can also choose from a large selection of toning and strength-building routines designed for both women and men.

At Fitness.com, there are a variety of free exercise videos, articles and fitness tools. You can perform a search to find exercises based on the body part you want to train and the equipment you have. From there, you can explore a variety of videos and select the one that best suits you. Members can also create several workout plans, such as a “quick” one for when time is limited and an “intense” one for when you’re geared up for a hard-core workout. There is also an assortment of useful articles on the website, plus forums divided into sections (bodybuilding, fitness, weight loss and sports). These areas offer members a place to support one another and share information.

HealthyChildren.org, launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a well-developed health-oriented website that gives you advice on raising your child and information on medical concerns. It talks directly to parents, not below them or over their heads.

As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe so eloquently said, “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” And, although there is no substitute for seeking the diagnostic opinion of a medical professional, remember that browsing one health website a day might just keep the doctor away. 