Helpful Sites

Health is one of the most popular searched items on the Internet today. But instead of wading through the mire of sites on the web, try checking out these additional resources on the World Wide Web.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

Provides information about diabetes to health professionals, patients, and the public. Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

Healthfinder.gov

Healthfinder is an award-winning Federal Web site, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, Healthfinder has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. Healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,800 health-related organizations.

How Much Is Obesity Costing Your Organization? Check Out CDC's Obesity Calculator!

CDC's LEAN Works! site contains an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity costs your organization and how much you could save by establishing an obesity prevention control program at your worksite. To obtain better estimates for your organization, you will need to know the average hourly wages, percent of employees receiving health benefits, and the body mass index (BMI) of your employees. If you do not have some of this data for your company, the Obesity Cost Calculator will provide default values from nationally representative datasets to calculate the cost estimates.

The Infamous Rand Report... See For Yourself What Everyone Is Talking About...

The report investigates the characteristics of workplace wellness programs, their prevalence, their impact on employee health and medical cost, facilitators of their success, and the role of incentives in such programs. The authors employ four data collection and analysis streams: a review of the scientific and trade literature, a national survey of employers, a longitudinal analysis of medical claims and wellness program data from a sample of employers, and five case studies of existing wellness programs in a diverse set of employers to gauge the effectiveness of wellness programs and employees' and employers' experiences.

HBO's "Weight Of The Nation" Is One Of The Country's Best Documentaries on Obesity And Health

Watch The First Episode Online At No Charge!

Produced by HBO, "The Weight of the Nation" is a four-part award-winning documentary outlining the seriousness of the country's obesity epidemic. The first film in "The Weight of the Nation" series examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. You can watch the first episode online at no charge.

If you haven't seen this series -- it's simply extraordinary.

WorkplaceWellness.com - What's The Hard Return on Workplace Wellness?

If you've been looking for hard evidence of workplace wellness ROI, be sure to download these two great articles made available by the Workplace Wellness Corporation.

These articles should be considered essential reading for business leaders and worksite wellness professionals.

Flu.gov

Share the website Flu.gov with your employees so they can see for themselves how important it is to get an annual flu shot! Flu.gov is service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides one-stop access to U.S. Government seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird), H3N2, and pandemic flu information. Flu.gov lists locations, information and recommendations that can encourage your employees, and help them find out where to get a flu vaccine.

Want to be CEO? What's your BMI?

Being fit matters. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, new research suggests that a few extra pounds or a slightly larger waistline affects an executive's perceived leadership ability as well as stamina on the job.

The Health Care Law Is Moving Forward -- Visit HealthCare.Gov For Information About Coming Changes.

New health care rules will make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, ensure that families buying their own coverage will get basic essential benefits similar to what private insurers offer, and help employers promote wellness. HealthCare.Gov offers information and resources to help you and your employees understand the changes that will be coming and how they impact individuals, families and businesses. Resources include helpful links to read the law, review key features of the law, see the timeline of what's changing and when, find implementation resources, read more about the regulations, and understand how your health care coverage will change and the new benefits available under the law.

HealthyPeople.gov

Healthy People 2020 is a set of health objectives for the Nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century. It can be used by many different people, States, communities, professional organizations, and others to help them develop programs to improve health.

Healthy People 2020 builds on initiatives pursued over the past three decades. The 1979 Surgeon General's Report, Healthy People, and Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives both established national health objectives and served as the basis for the development of State and community plans. Like its predecessors, Healthy People 2020 was developed through a broad consultation process, built on the best scientific knowledge and designed to measure programs over time.

ChooseMyPlate.gov

The ChooseMyPlate website is a service of The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), which is an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The site contains a number of resources and information about nutrition guidelines for Americans, as well as tips for weight management and increasing physical activity. "MyPlate" illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image -- a place setting for a meal. A selection of interactive tools and resources such as "The SuperTracker" can help your employees plan, analyze, and track their diet and/or physical activity. ChooseMyPlate.gov also contains helpful educational materials and tons of tips for healthy eating that you can share with your employees.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Provides information about cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases to health professionals and the public. Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

Vaccines.gov

Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan. There, your employees can find information about how and why vaccines work, download an immunization schedule, or look up immunization schedules for their children or other family members.

Shape Up America

Through its website, provides health messages on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity. Suggested contacting via email before phone.

National Institute of Mental Health

Provides information about mental health, including eating disorders, to health professionals and the public. Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.

The Cooper Institute

The Cooper Institute was founded on June 22, 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., who believed back then that it was as important to try to prevent disease as it was to treat disease. Over three decades, through meticulous research, that basic premise and vision has been reaffirmed and strengthened. What was once looked upon as "opinion" has become scientific reality.

The Cooper Institute conducts research in epidemiology, exercise physiology, behavior change, hypertension, children's health issues, obesity, nutrition, aging and other health issues. Papers from The Cooper Institute are among the most frequently cited references in the scientific literature on topics related to physical fitness, physical activity, and health. Research conducted at the Institute has influenced major national public policy initiatives from the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Cooper Institute has more than 600 articles and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and lay publications, with approximately 50 publications per year in each of the last five years.

National Institute on Aging

Conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research; provides research training; and disseminates research findings and health information on aging processes, diseases, and other special problems and needs of older people.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States. The Society consists of a National Home Office, 13 chartered Divisions, and a presence in most communities (more than 3,400 local offices nationwide).

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association spent about $382 million during fiscal year 2000-01 on research support, public and professional education, and community programs. The organization has more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters carrying out its mission in communities across the country. It's the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which annually kill about 960,000 Americans.

American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related disease and injury. The Institute is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NIOSH is responsible for conducting research on the full scope of occupational disease and injury ranging from lung disease in miners to carpal tunnel syndrome in computer users.

NIOSH is a diverse organization made up of employees representing a wide range of disciplines including industrial hygiene, nursing, epidemiology, engineering, medicine, and statistics.

National Association for Health and Fitness

The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles and by the fostering and supporting of Governor's and State Councils on physical fitness and sports in every state and U.S. territory.

Currently, 29 states have active councils that promote physical fitness for persons of all ages and abilities. Governor and State Councils represent the grassroots programs that encourage the need for and benefits of regular physical activity reaching more than 215 million people through state and local programs.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA's mission is to ensure safe and healthful workplaces in America. Since the agency was created in 1971, workplace fatalities have been cut in half and occupational injury and illness rates have declined 40 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has doubled from 56 million workers at 3.5 million worksites to 111 million workers at 7 million sites.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

The tradition of excellence for AAOHN began in 1942, when 300 nurses from 16 states created the American Association of Industrial Nurses (AAIN) with the purpose of improving occupational health programs and services and enhancing career opportunities for occupational and environmental health nurses (OEHNs). Following a quarter century of progress and growth, AAIN adopted the name American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc. (AAOHN) in 1977 to reflect the expanded activities of members in health promotion and disease prevention, and the variety of settings in which they practice. Today, AAOHN�s reach extends to more than 160 chapters in nearly 50 states, with members who work in roles as diverse as clinician to educator, case manager to corporate director and consultant.

Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare, the only health care business news weekly, provides hospital executives with reliable, up-to-date and comprehensive healthcare news. Modern Healthcare's well-focused and concise editorial coverage enables hospital leaders to take constructive action and improve performance. The magazine also publishes a daily e-mail newsletter, the Daily Dose, and exclusive content for modernhealthcare.com.

The magazine reaches more than 72,000 healthcare professionals, and about 9,000 healthcare professionals receive the Daily Dose. These individuals are the financial and purchasing decision makers within the nation's hospitals, hospital systems, health plans and group purchasing organizations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people -- at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

National Wellness Institute, Inc.

The National Wellness Institute, founded in 1977, has steadfastly provided health promotion and wellness professionals unparalleled resources and services that promote both professional and personal growth. The available resources and expertise of NWI is a product of innovation and the quality of service NWI has provided since its inception. Through the National Wellness Conference, its TestWell Assessments and member resources, NWI is able to play a part and share in promotion optimum health and wellness.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) plays a vital role in developing and coordinating a wide range of national disease prevention and health promotion strategies.

Human Kinetics

A privately held company, HK's mission has been to meet the needs of teachers, coaches, professionals, researchers, sport participants, and fitness enthusiasts. Our objective is to make a positive difference in the quality of life of every human being by promoting physical activity through information. They do so by seeking out experts to create their products; by hiring educated, professionally qualified staff to develop those products; and by working closely and cooperatively with leading scholarly and professional associations.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization that focuses on improving the safety and nutritional quality of our food supply and on reducing the carnage caused by alcoholic beverages. CSPI seeks to promote health through educating the public about nutrition and alcohol; it represents citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies; and it works to ensure advances in science are used for the public good.

CSPI is supported by the more than 800,000 member-subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter, through foundation grants, and through sales of educational materials.

Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA directs programs that improve the Nation's health by expanding access to comprehensive, quality health care for all Americans.

Through its four Bureaus (key program areas), HRSA works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through State programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was established in 1989 as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Reauthorizing legislation passed in November 1999 establishes AHRQ as the lead Federal agency on quality research. AHRQ, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services. AHRQ's broad programs of research bring practical, science-based information to medical practitioners and to consumers and other health care purchasers

National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service

Provides information about nutrition and cancer prevention as part of its 5 A Day campaign to encourage Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Conducts and supports research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public

National Health Information Center

Helps the public and health professionals locate health information by identifying resources. Prepares and distributes directories on health topics.

Office of Minority Health

Provides information on minority health issues to health professionals. Bilingual staff members are available to serve Spanish-speaking requesters.

Federal Trade Commission

Provides the public and health professionals with information about weight-loss products and programs. Develops materials to help identify health misinformation.

Food and Drug Administration

Provides information and publications on drug and food-related subjects to health professionals and the public.

National Center for Health Statistics

Responds to requests with publications and electronic data products. Specific statistical data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are available.

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Works to promote the development of physical fitness, facilities, and programs. Offers a variety of testing, recognition, and incentive programs.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Provides information and publications to promote the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

American Medical Association

Provides information on various diseases, including diabetes, as well as general health information including nutrition and physical activity. Offers a "physician finder" to help find information on physicians throughout the United States.

American Association for Diabetes Educators

Works to improve the quality of diabetes education and care.

American Diabetes Association

Provides information to the public on diabetes and related topics, including nutrition, exercise and treatment. The association also offers patient referrals. Operators and information are available in Spanish.

American Institute for Cancer Research

Provides research-based publications on nutrition and cancer prevention to health professionals and the public. Offers medical and nutrition advice from a registered dietitian.

National Eating Disorders Association, Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc.

Provides educational resources on eating disorders and their prevention for schools, health professionals, community organization, and individuals.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Operates a hotline, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where information can be obtained on eating disorders, therapist referrals, and support groups.

American Dietetic Association

Works to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being.

International Food Information Council Foundation

Provides information on food safety, food ingredients, and nutrition to health professionals and the public. Single copies are available free of charge.

The Obesity Society

The Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Since 1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

Provides information on obesity, gastric surgery, and related topics to the public. Provides names and contact information of doctors who specialist in bariatric surgery.

American Society of Bariatric Physicians

Provides patient referrals to physicians who specialize in obesity.

American Running Association

Provides information on exercise and nutrition to the public.