Occupational Health Strategies, Inc.
Kent W. Peterson, M.D., FACOEM
901 Preston Avenue, Suite 400
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-4491
TEL: (434) 977-3784
FAX: (434) 977-8570
Email: OHS@HealthySelf.org

Last updated: February 17, 2009

Health and Wellness Links

A. General Health

1. Healthfinder (http://www.healthfinder.gov)
Healthfinder(tm) can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. The information you find can help you make better choices for yourself and your family about your health and human services needs.

2. Mayo Clinic (http://Mayoclinic.com)
Healthy-living centers, disease and condition centers. This site offers in-depth coverage of health issues. You can also find out about drugs and supplements and treatment decisions. Very highly-rated by Health Ratings.com.

3. Health Central (http://HealthCentral.com)
Dr. Dean Edell’s website. This is another comprehensive website with medical and health news stories, information on nutrition and exercise, drugs and herbs, alternative health, topic centers and communities, columnists and more.

4. Medicinenet (http://medicinenet.com)
Medicinenet offers doctor-produced health and medical information written for the layperson. Includes sections such as “Daily Health News” and “Doctor’s Views.” Very highly rated by Consumer Reports and by Health Ratings.com.

5. WebMD (http://www.WebMD.com)
WebMD is a medical management website. It’s goal is to facilitate communication between the consumer, physician and healthcare institutions. This site also offers advice on staying healthy, disease sites and the latest health news.

6. Americas Doctors (http://www.americasdoctor.com)
This site is particularly geared towards those with chronic illnesses. It provides a link between the patient, the medical expert and new therapies.

7. health Information (http://www.globalmedic.com)
Empowering healthcare users through education and prevention.

8. Medscape (http://www.medscape.com)
The latest from the top medical journals. Has a feature to cross-check drug interactions.

9. MedlinePlus (http://www.medlineplus.gov)
This site reviews the latest scientific studies.

10. 4Women.gov (http://www.4women.gov)
A site that is specific to women’s health issues. It includes a free call center.

11. University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter (http://www.WellnessLetter.com)
The well-known, comprehensive wellness newsletter now has a website that includes more information on topics in each issue, a recipe of the month and larger articles in a section called “Foundations of Wellness.”

B. Exercise

1. Shape up America (http://shapeup.org)
Founded by C. Everett Koop. Features BMI worksheet and exercise fitness evaluation. Customized meal planning in Cyberkitchen for calorie-conscious.

2. The Surgeon General Report (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/ataglan.htm)
Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. People who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis.

3. Fitday (http://www.fitday.com)
Allows you to track your food, exercise, weight and goals

4. Exercise Videos (http://www.collagevideo.com)
Hundreds of exercise videos rated by user favorites and user ability levels.

C. Nutrition

1. Delicious Decisions (http://www.deliciousdecisions.org)
Put out by the American Heart Association, this site covers shopping, cooking, eating and fitness in a fun, easy-to-use book format.

2. Five A Day (http://www.5aday.gov)
This is the National Cancer Institute’s 5 a day for better health program website. Features include recipes that emphasize five fruits and vegetables a day as well as a small health quiz.

3. World’s Healthiest Foods (http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php)
This website is from the George Mateljan Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to share with you the "Healthiest Way of Eating" that is enjoyable and will fit your personal needs and busy lifestyle.

D. Weight

1. Weight and Health (http://www.eatright.org)
The site of the American Dietetics Association has sections on how to lose weight and even how to gain weight. It also includes a section on frequently asked questions, which are answered by registered dieticians.

2. Nutridiary (http://www.nutridiary.com)
A free online food and exercise diary geared to weight loss. Features many analyses, logs and calculators for food and exercise.

3. Calorie Balance (http://www.dallasdietitian.com)
How to find out how many calories you need in a day based on your height, weight and activity level.

4. Food Awareness (http://www.calorieking.com)
A food awareness site. Lets you know how many calories are in different foods. Also has articles, recipes and support from others.

E. Diabetes

1. Diabetes (http://www.diabetes.org)
The American Diabetes Association site. It includes risk factors for diabetes, nutrition and exercise and the latest scientific findings that affect people with diabetes.

F. Cholesterol

1. American Heart Association (http://www.americanheart.org)
Go to the cholesterol section of site and receive information on cholesterol and what do about problems.

2. Cholesterol Quiz (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/chd/CholesterolQuiz/quiz.htm)
Check Your Cholesterol I.Q., prepared by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Are you cholesterol smart? Test your knowledge about high blood cholesterol with these questions.

G. Blood Pressure

1. American Heart Association (http://www.americanheart.org)
Need to go to blood pressure section of site. Gives extensive information about high blood pressure, risk factors, treatment options and more.

H. Smoking Cessation

1. Smoking Cessation (http://www.quitnet.org)
This is a highly interactive quit-smoking site. It includes educational components, support groups and more.

I. Alcohol

1. Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous (http://www.aa-intergroup.org)
Features live AA chat discussion.

J. Stress management

1. Relaxation Response (http://www.mindbody.harvard.edu)
This is the website from the Mind/Body Institute, a non-profit scientific and educational organization evolved from Dr. Herbert Benson’s work in mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School. The site includes a tutorial on the Relaxation Response.

K. Vehicle safety

1. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (http://www.aaafts.org/)
Take an Online Quiz, view the children and traffic safety video, or visit their Traffic Safety Links.

L. Women’s Health Issues

1. Breast Cancer Resource Center (http://www.healingwell.com/breastcancer/)
This site has won many awards and has numerous, well thought-out links to additional information on breast cancer: from discussion groups, to books, fact sheets, medical news, and much more.

2. A Forum for Women's Health (http://www.womenshealth.org/)
The forum is a collection of facts, information, advice, and suggestions to help you deal with your health concerns.

3. North American Menopause Society (http://www.menopause.org/)
The official website for the North American Menopause Society, North America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of menopause, and thereby improving the health of women as they approach menopause and beyond.