WEB HEALTH RESOURCES
FOCUS ON ACTIVE LIVING — CONNECTED FOR WELLNESS
Clinical experts provide current medical information and news on health topics.
National Institutes of Health
This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults.
Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center, provides clinical and hospital care and is a leader in research, education, and health information.
Stanford University Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital, part of Stanford University Medical Center, is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders.
Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of of the Medical Library Association
CAPHIS, the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, is a section of the Medical Library Association, an association of health information professionals with more than 5,000 individual and institution members. Check their Consumer Health "Top 100" lists for the most credible, relevant, and current online health resources in a range of areas.
FOCUS ON AGING GRACEFULLY— NAVIGATING YOUR CHANGING WORLD
In just a few steps, learn how to protect yourself from harmful bacteria while enjoying your favorite foods. Check out the following websites for tips on food safety.
Advanced Directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about future medical care and to appoint someone to make those decisions if you are not able. Check out these sites to get crucial information.
How many times have you updated your Facebook status today? Internet usage by seniors is on the rise. This website lists statistics illustrating the gradual increase of seniors entering cyberspace.
These websites provide valuable information about assisted living and independent living facilities.
The world is a beautiful, vibrant, and colorful place. Your vision is an important part of your well-being. This website gives vital information about protecting your eyesight.
FOCUS ON HEALTH ECONOMICS:
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this site provides information about various health screenings and the conditions they can detect.
AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the AHRQ offers health checklists for men and women 50+, daily steps to good health, and information on immunizations.
FOCUS ON HEART HEALTH:
The American Heart Association
The AHA’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Their web site is loaded with tips on how to lower your cholesterol, eat better, and keep your heart in the best possible condition.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA has been a long-time proponent of healthy eating. This section provides information on Dietary Guidelines for Americans and an updated Food Guide Pyramid.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Check out this CDC page for features and tips on preventing heart disease, including a proper diet, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol and tobacco use.
What is metabolism? How does it work? The Mayo Clinic dispels some myths and misconceptions about how our bodies burn calories.
National Institutes of Health
Use this quick and easy calculator to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI), and how to aim for a healthy weight.
FOCUS ON MENTAL FITNESS:
NIH Senior Health
This easy-to-use website features health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives.
The Health section of AARP Magazine online includes a number of articles exploring the benefits of exercise for your brain.
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public awareness about brain research. Click on the Education link in The Brain Resources for Seniors section of the organization’s web site to find a list of links to interesting educational and volunteer opportunities for retirees and seniors.
FOCUS ON PHYSICAL FITNESS:
Step Up to Better Health™
A free, award-winning program presented by AARP. This 10-week walking program encourages you to boost your physical activity and track your steps with an easy-to-use step counter and online tracking tool. You choose from four famous American hiking trails of various lengths and enter your steps after each walk. A Progress Page displays a map of the trail route and shows you how much ground you’ve covered. To learn more about any city shown on the map, click on the city name. The program also includes links to other walking and health resources.
The President’s Challenge
A free campaign to improve fitness for Americans of all ages. The campaign’s Active Lifestyle Challenge is a great way to get started on a fitness program. Set realistic goals and track your fitness progress online. (Please Note: Ordering awards requires modest fees. LACERA does not contribute to award costs.)
FOCUS ON NUTRITION:
In addition to extensive medical information, including tips for lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attacks, this site has excellent user-friendly tools for healthier living.
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using the place setting for a meal. Select specific food items to see how much of your plate or bowl each should take up to build a healthy meal.
Use SuperTracker to plan, analyze, and follow your diet and physical activity. Customize your experience by setting personal goals, journaling, and making use of virtual coaching.
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Follow the research on nutrition, review dietary guidelines, and find other resources on this website.
Check this comprehensive website for information on healthy diets, nutrition supplements, healthy cooking, and other nutrition subjects.
Here you’ll find tips on how to manage specific dietary challenges, including diabetes and eating disorders, in addition to other health-related topics.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
To help you make the best-informed food choices and maintain good eating habits, this website includes articles written by registered dieticians on topics ranging from food-drug interactions and sustainable eating to keeping foodborne illnesses out of your kitchen.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Nutrition Services
This university website offers an extensive collection of articles on medical and dietary nutrition.
University of California — Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Human Nutrition
UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition offers a California Cuisine Pyramid, tailored to residents of California; articles on subjects like nutrition and aging; and even lectures on nutrition topics.
Another great source for wellness information is your health insurance company’s website. For individual insurance company web links, visit the Contact Healthcare Insurance Companies section.