Comprehensive sites for making healthy choices

“Developing Healthy Habits”

Natural Factors
5 tips for long-term success in starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle change.
Other helpful articles are “The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How to Start New Habits That Actually Stick,” from James Clear, and “Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health,” from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

“Everyday Healthy Living”

healthfinder.gov

“Glossary of Terms Related to Healthy Eating, Obesity, Physical Activity, and Weight Control”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Go4Life

National Institute on Aging
Nutrition & physical activity guidance for seniors, plus a free online tool for setting fitness goals, tracking progress, and receiving tips & encouragement.

“Healthy Living”

Cleveland Clinic
NOTE: This in-depth article continues via links on the left.

SuperTracker

USDA | U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan” Series

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
NOTE: Each article (in English or Spanish) is available as an attractive, printable PDF pamphlet via links on the left.

Being physically active

“ACSM: Public Information”

American College of Sports Medicine

Information for athletes, coaches, trainers, and parents on the benefits of physical activity and safe, effective practices. Most of ACSM’s lay-friendly resources can be found in the PDFs located on the Brochures page.

“Active at Any Size”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

“Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults”

On HealthierUS.gov, from the Executive Office of the President and US Health & Human Services.

“For Individuals & Caregivers”

NCHPAD | National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
Exercise & fitness for adults & kids who have chronic health conditions or physical disabilities. Articles, directories, & personalized fitness guidance (“14 Weeks to a Healthier You”) are provided. (NOTE: Articles have tables of contents, located on the right.) Content for health care & fitness professionals and for educators is also available.

“Fitness & Exercise”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine
General information, plus info regarding children & seniors, sports safety, & sports injuries.

“The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise”

HelpGuide.org

Eating Well

NOTE: Dietary supplement information is primarily located on the Drugs & Supplements page.

ChooseMyPlate.gov

USDA | U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nutrition guidance for specific populations, including children, expectant moms, & college students. You will also find —

Eat Right

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
User-friendly & useful. Includes information on good nutrition, food planning & preparation, vitamins & supplements, plus nutrition’s role in

“Eating Well as You Get Older”

NIH SeniorHealth
NOTE: This in-depth article continues via links on the left.

“Food & Nutrition”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine
Extensive coverage. Dietary information related to a specific health condition may be found by entering the condition in the search box.

Fruits & Veggies – More Matters

Produce for Better Health
Recipes & tips to help you eat more fruits, vegetables, & nuts, plus advice on shopping for and storing fruits & vegetables.

“Learn About the Nutrition Facts Label”

FDA | U.S. Food & Drug Administration
How to read & use the nutrition chart that’s been used for the past 20+ years on packaged foods. By 7/26/2018, manufacturers must begin using the format described in “Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.”

“More – Switch to – Less”

Swedish National Food Agency
Key points about eating well are encapsulated in just 28 words.

“Organic Foods: What You Need to Know”

On FamilyDoctor.org, from the American Academy of Family Physicians

Nutrition.gov

An extensive federal site with information about dietary guidelines & the nutritional content of foods; meal planning, shopping, recipes, & cooking; food safety; food assistance programs; dietary supplements; and more.

NutritionData

Condé Nast
A commercial site. Articles under the “Topics” and “Help” tabs are publicly available. Registration is required to access tools that enable tracking your daily food-intake, entering a recipe to analyze its nutritional content, visualizing the nutritional value of specific foods, and other tasks.

SuperKids Nutrition

For parents & educators.

Managing stress

“Five Tips to Help Manage Stress”

American Psychological Association

“Free Guided Meditations”

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA Health
A selection of 8 sessions in English and 4 in Spanish.

“Learning Deep Breathing”

PsychCentral
Deep breathing is a simple yet effective means of managing stress. Additional breath control exercises are described on Weil Lifestyle.

Mindful

Foundation for a Mindful Society
Inspiration, instruction, and tips for beginning a meditation practice or enhancing your current meditation and mindfulness practices.

“Relaxation Techniques, Tips”

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Learn stress-relieving relaxation techniques by listening to these free guides. One uses progressive relaxation, the other a blend of relaxation techniques.

“Stress”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine

“Stress Management: Tips for Better Management of Your Stress”

Helpguide.org
Extensive information and links to additional resources.

Sleeping

“The Evidence Points to a Better Way to Fight Insomnia”

New York Times
Multiple studies have shown cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to be a more effective treatment for insomnia than sleeping pills. In addition, CBT has few-to-no harmful side effects or risks, and can cost less. This article links to an inexpensive, online CBT program.

“For Parents: All About Sleep”

Nemours Foundation
NOTE: More information relating to sleep in infants, kids, and is available via the box of links near page-bottom. Information written for kids and teens is also available; use the box’s tabs.

“No-Doze Electronics”

In PlaneTalk, from PlaneTree Health Library
Smart phones, tablets, and computers can interfere with sleep onset & sleep quality. This article links to tips and tools to help you manage your digital devices and get a good night’s sleep.

“Sleep Disorders”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine
This page includes information on many less common sleep disorders. The site also has extensive information on —

Sleep Education

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Locate information on sleep disorders and treatments – or a sleep center located near you.

“Sleep Tips: Steps to Better Sleep”

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
You may be able to improve your ability to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest by making simple changes in your daily routine.

Maintaining a healthy weight

NOTE: Information on eating disorders is located in Focused mental health sites.

“7 Tips: Know the Facts About Supplements Marketed for Weight Loss”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

“Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

“Healthy Ways to Gain Weight If You’re Underweight”

On FamilyDoctor.org, from the American Academy of Family Physicians

“Helping Your Overweight Child”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

“Mindful Eating”

Center for Young Women’s Health, Boston Children’s Hospital
Also called “intuitive eating,” this approach can be a helpful addition – or alternative – to limiting calorie intake.

“Sleep and Weight Gain”

On TuftsNow, from Tufts University
People who get too little sleep are more prone to gaining unwanted weight.

“Surprisingly simple tips from 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off.”

Vox [a news media site]

“Weight Control”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine
Additional topics on MedlinePlus.gov include —

“Weight Control and Complementary and Integrative Approaches: What the Science Says,”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

“Your Child’s Weight”

On KidsHealth, from the Nemours Foundation
NOTE: More information on helping a child or teen maintain or achieve a healthy weight is available via box of links below this article. Information written for kids and teens is available via the box’s tabs below the article.

Getting routine health care

“Health Screening”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine
Information on lab tests, online self-checks for common physical & mental conditions, cancer screening, and more.

“Physical Exam Frequency”

On MedlinePlus.gov, from the National Library of Medicine
Annual physical exams are no longer advised for all adults. For adults within various age ranges, recommendations regarding doctor’s visits, screening tests, and immunizations are listed.

“[Vaccines] For Everyone: Easy-to-read Schedules”

CDC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
These charts (in English or Spanish) show which immunizations are recommended, possibly recommended, and inadvisable at all stages of life. If you plan to visit a foreign country, please check the CDC’s “Destinations” page

Grieving

“Bereavement”

On MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

CaringInfo

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Grief and loss are sensitively addressed, as well as advance care planning, caregiving, hospice, & palliative care.

Compassionate Friends

For families coping with the death of a child, including miscarriage.

“Coping with Grief & Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process”

HelpGuide.org
Excellent article with links to additional resources.