Health

Top health sites

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Top health sites
Take the fast lane to 20 great health Web sites

By Astrid Van Den Broek
First published in Chatelaine’s July 2003 issue.
© Rogers Publishing Ltd.

How to use our guide

• Choose the health info you need:


• General health
• Nutrition
• Disorders
• Fitness
• Alternatives


• Try the Web site we recommend.
• Check out that site’s best features.

General health
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4 women’s health issues www.womenshealthmatters.ca • Expert-reviewed info on pelvic health, pregnancy and more
• Recommended resources including books, journals and newsletters for 70 health conditions
4 health news www.mywebmd.com • Reports on the latest health research and discoveries
• Health-management tools such as an immunization planner
4 sexual health www.sexualityandu.ca • Contraception information including benefits, drawbacks and effectiveness rates
• The lowdown on common sexually transmitted diseases
4 health advisories www.hc-sc.gc.ca • Current health, drug and travel bulletins
• Fact sheets, links and safety tips

Nutrition
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4 healthy eating www.dietitians.ca • An interactive tool that compares your diet to the recommended daily intakes for women
• Nutrition fact sheets on increasing antioxidant levels, etc.
4 your ideal weight www.dietitian.com • A calculator that assesses your caloric needs
• More than 100 nutrition-related topics, from alcohol to zinc
4 food and diseases www.nin.ca • Trustworthy info on the role of foods to prevent diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes
• Links to Canadian and international nutrition resources
4 nutrition resources www.navigator.tufts.edu • Links to 100-plus nutritionist-reviewed health Web sites
• A quiz to help you get the most nutritional value for your grocery dollar

Disorders
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4 cancer www.cancer.ca • Cancer resources, searchable by keyword and subject
• Research news and straight talk about cancer myths
4 heart disease www.heartandstroke.ca • Data on heart disease risk factors, prevention and treatment
• Advice for women on coping with stress and maintaining a heart-healthy weight
4 mental disorders www.mentalhealth.com • Treatment options for mental disorders and research links
• Online discussion forums
4 asthma www.asthma.ca • Asthma treatments and triggers to avoid
• Tools to assess your condition

Fitness
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LOG ON TO HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND
4 running www.canuckrunner.com • A section for women with links to running resources
• Training plans for all levels
4 yoga www.yogasite.com • Fundamental yoga poses, such as the bridge
• Articles on using yoga to improve sleep and boost immunity
4 beginner exercise www.justmove.org • An online exercise diary that measures your progress
• Advice on finding the best activities for your lifestyle
4 staying motivated www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner • Suggestions for battling exercise boredom and more
• A calculator to tally calories burned for 158 activities

Alternatives
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LOG ON TO HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND
4 homeopathy www.healthy.net • Homeopathic how-tos for virtually every health condition
• Research about alternative medicines and therapies
4 herbal remedies www.herbmed.org • An index of 150 herbs including potential side effects
• Links to studies examining each herb’s effectiveness
4 holistic health www.holisticonline.com • Info on acupuncture and other alternative therapies
• Alternative and conventional treatments for 100 ailments
4 aromatherapy www.aromaweb.com • Profiles of more than 90 essential oils and the conditions they relieve, from anxiety to fatigue and more
• Tips on buying, storing and using oils

  • General health
  • Nutrition
  • Disorders
  • Fitness
  • Alternatives
 
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