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article imageReview: Seven innovative health & wellness sites Special

By Tim Sandle     Jul 10, 2014 in Health
People are using the Internet in greater numbers to access health and medical information. Some sites offer sound information, whereas others can be misleading. Digital Journal has surveyed some of the more reputable sites.
When evaluating a site to see if it is likely to be credible, there are a number of factors to consider. MedlinePlus offers some advice in this respect:
“How can you tell the good from the bad? First, consider the source. If you use the Web, look for an "about us" page. Check to see who runs the site: Is it a branch of the government, a university, a health organization, a hospital or a business? Focus on quality. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted? Be skeptical. Things that sound too good to be true often are. You want current, unbiased information based on research.”
Using this advice, this Digital Journal reporter has picked seven of the best health and wellness sites from across the Internet. These are:
Liv360 is a personal discovery engine for health and wellness resources designed to help readers live smart, organized, and connected with the right caregivers. Users curate “boards” with the best information that has worked for them in their journey to health, which in turn serve as a roadmap to those just beginning their search on treating an illness, helping a loved one, or collecting resources on living well.
Recognizing that people will flock to the Internet in greater numbers to search for health issues, Liv360 have created a system to collate accurate information about health topics. The service allows people to create WellBoards from health experts and other people who have been where they are, saving valuable time and money by reducing the need to sort through the seemingly endless amount of information, products and services one would find through an organic search engine pursuit.
The primary aim is to simplify the way people find, organize and share health and wellness resources on the web. The problem with the Internet is that is contains good, accurate information mixed with off-the-wall theories and even dangerous advice. As the Internet matures, initiatives like WellBoards could take the Internet to a new level of maturity.
The New York Times Well Blog
The New York Times Well Blog is run by New York Times columnist and author Tara Parker Pope, and covers disease, healthy living, fitness, and features expert advice from the world's leading medical professionals.
The Happiness Project
The Happiness Project, which started out as a book when Gretchen Rubin wrote The Happiness Project, has evolved into an online movement dedicated to helping people get more out of their everyday lives by setting specific goals. Reporting on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness and habits, Rubin’s blog as become quite popular for those in search of happiness tips.
Q by Equinox
Q by Equinox is an online platform created by one of the most popular gyms in the nation. Believing that your body is the best investment you’ll make, Q editors updated the website daily with fitness, nutrition and healthy living news.
Precision Nutrition
Known for providing a number of great free resources, the Precision Nutrition blog provides health-conscious consumers with a plethora of personal nutrition articles, columns and videos.
Touted as an online personal growth resource, teaches a reality-based form of self-development, as investigated through a deep understanding of psychology and culture. Keeping in mind that having healthy relationships, both platonic and physical, contribute to one’s overall wellbeing, Mark encourages readers to “let go of idealization and practice imperfection.”
Mind Body Green
One of the first wellness sites of its kind, Mind Body Green helps green-living consumers marry their fitness, healthy eating, and eco-friendly habits to live a stress-free life.
Disclaimer: These sites have been selected on the basis of personal preference. The sensible use of these sites and interpretation of the information contained within them rests with the user. When in doubt, advice from a qualified medical practitioner should always be sought.
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