Emory Report

 September 2, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 2


The web holds a bounty of
information on health and well-being

Looking for some low-fat vegetarian recipes? Trying to figure out how many calories and fat grams you should be eating per day? Wondering if you are at risk for diabetes? All of this information and more is available on the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful way to educate yourself about your health. Just searching for the keyword "nutrition" will bring up hundreds, even thousands, of web pages. Unfortunately, a lot of these pages are advertisements for nutritional supplements or other "health" products. So to make things a little easier, a list of "healthy web pages" follows, with a brief description of what you'll find on each page.

Many web pages provide links to similar sites. One page with a wide range of links is the "Lifelines at Work" web page. This page includes a monthly newsletter and provides links to many other web sites on health. The nutrition and fitness links page lists web pages split into four categories: interactive & multimedia, news & information, Internet resources and health organizations. The medical links page includes alternative medicine as a fifth category http://www.lifelines.com/lifehome.html.

If you are looking for an online magazine, check out Thrive. Thrive covers the spectrum of health-from physical to mental to emotional. The sections of this magazine include cooking and nutrition, medical conditions, outdoor activities, sex and love, and physical activity. Each section lists advice, articles, quizzes and recipes in the nutrition section. There is also a newsstand feature with daily articles http://www.thriveonline.com/@@*RDlFwcAnfX5xnjL/thrive.

Trying to change your diet and looking for a web page to give you some advice? Check out Cyberdiet! The site offers many interactive modules that allow you to customize a nutritious diet to achieve your specific goals. Begin with a nutritional profile to calculate your caloric and nutritional requirements. Fill out the tools assessment to find out information on body composition, waist/hip ratios and body fat distribution. The "Food Court" page includes a daily food planner and a shopping list as well as nutrition information for various breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and beverages. The "Fast Food Quest" gives you the lowdown on fast food items. These are just a few of the modules on this web page http://www.cyberdiet.com/index.html.

The International Food Information Council is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to provide information on food safety and nutrition to journalists, health professionals, educators, government officials and consumers. This web page consists of information on adult, adolescent and child nutrition, physical activity, food production, food safety, food allergies and, of course, links to additional resources. Of particular interest is the organizations, agencies and associations list, a comprehensive listing of food-related groups <http://ificinfo.health.org>.

Other web sites to consider are the American Heart Association http://www.amhrt.org; the American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/frames.html; the National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov; and the Mayo Health Oasis, the web site of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research http://www.mayo.ivi.com. Keep your mouse moving and your hearts healthy!


Leslie Teach is a graduate assistant in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the School of Public Health. "Wellness" is coordinated by the Seretean Center for Health Promotion. Have a topic you'd like to read or write about? Call 727-2853 or send an e-mail message to lteach@sph.emory.edu.

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