We suspect everyone knows about WebMD, our favorite online resource for health information and news, along with lots of experts’ blogs. WebMD offers tools for managing health, and support for those who seek trustworthy information. Their professional staff has expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to provide the best health information possible. Their Independent Medical Review Board continuously reviews the site for accuracy and timeliness. Add this website to your bookmarks for quick access, not just for the holidays, but year-round, updated health information.
A resource we’ve reviewed – myEliteHealth – is an effective suite of online tools to stay connected with your doctor and better manage your healthcare. It’s important to be proactive, especially with all the stressors of the busy holidays.
We’ve talked a lot about and have a pretty good handle on the wellness=nutrition+exercise connection and how important it is to take ownership of our health. We know to eat fresh sustainable food, get plenty of rest, and exercise to fuel energy levels. But, food isn’t just food. There’s a lot of cultural wisdom in food. For boomer parents concerned about setting an example for the next generation, the PBS Nourish Intitiative is an important resource for thoughtful eating, and its connection to family, community and identity. We nourish this culture when we eat sustainably and well. Check out the PBS schedule and plan to make this a family viewing event.
To stay on top of how science and society influence dietary advice and practice, follow one of our personal heroes, the doyenne of food politics, Marian Nestle. Author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, “Safe Food,” “What to Eat” and “Pet Food Politics,” Nestle was managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She is a professor in the nutrition, food studies and public health department at New York University. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs at www.foodpolitics.com and at the Atlantic Food Channel. She also twitters @marionnestle. Her smart, savvy advice when shopping for that holiday dinner is to “avoid processed foods with more than five ingredients, ingredients you can’t pronounce, and those with cartoons on the package aimed at marketing to kids.”
We’ll talk more about staying healthy during the holidays and would love to hear tips you have to share with our readers.