Health, Nutrition & Exercise

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Offers low-cost products such as wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers.

About.Com: Women's Health

An internet guide to women's health issues, with feature articles, website guides, and discussion forums. Topics covered include contraception, breast cancer, menstruation, exercise, fertility, menopause, and more

About.Com: Senior Health

An internet guide to health issues for senior citizens, with feature articles, website guides, and discussion forums. Topics covered include Alzheimer's Disease, strokes, Medicare, osteoporosis, prescription drugs, exercise, eldercare, and more

AgeLine Research Database

A searchable database of "abstracts of current social gerontology and aging-related research, policy, provider, and consumer books, articles, and reports." From AARP.

AGS (American Geriatrics Society) Foundation for Health in Aging

Includes information on specific health topics and a physician referral service.

Alliance for Aging Research

This is a "citizen advocacy organization for improving the health and independence of Americans as they age." Its web site includes many useful features, such as a "Health Topics" page and a "Depression Online Research Guide".

The Alternative Fix: Science or Snake Oil?

PBS Frontline looks at alternative medicine from acupressure to yoga, the on-going debate and what the research says.

Alzheimer's Association

This research and advocacy organization provides many helpful resources on its site, such as a "CareFinder" page, which provides care advice.

America's Best Hospitals 2007

Hospitals ranked by specialty. From U.S. News & World Report.

American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics: Resources for Our Patients

Contains an excellent consumer-oriented guide to therapeutic resources.

American Society on Aging (ASA)

A site for an umbrella organization focusing on professionals and organizations that serve older people. Includes information about conferences, training, publications, news, and special projects. The section on "constituent groups" offers information related to mental health, healthcare, religion and spirituality, gay and lesbian seniors, and business.

Anti-aging Therapies: Too Good to be True?

This article provides an overview of substances that are commonly advertised as having anti-aging properties. Discusses antioxidants ("certain vitamins, minerals and enzymes that protect your body by neutralizing free radicals"), hormones (such as testosterone and melatonin), and general strategies that could lessen the effects of aging. From the Mayo Clinic.

The Arthritis Society

Current, practical information about arthritis. Includes types of arthritis, pain management, exercise tips, programs and resources, research news, a database of questions and answers, and a dictionary. From "Canada's only not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community support and research-based solutions."

Ask the Dietitian

In this site, Joanne Larsen M.S., R.D. registered dietitian, advises about topics related to diet and foods. As of February 19, 1996, the database contains 346 answers covering 61 topics such as Alcohol, Caffeine, Diabetes, Exercise, Junk Foods, and Vegetarian. We can look over the three screens of topics, and if we don't find what we want to know, then we can still write and ask questions to her through e-mail. If the question is appropriate, it will be answered and posted to a group.

Center for Healthy Aging

Provides dietary guidelines and other important information on nutrition and exercise. Includes many useful links to additional resources.

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Dietary guidelines, including an interactive MyPyramid Tracker which provides feedback on the user's dietary intake and physical activity levels (free registration required.) From the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

New York Online Access to Health (NOAH) links to resources which provide information on dozens of alternative health modalities, including a national doctor/practioner locator.

Cool Nurse: Nutrition

This site gives an easy-to-understand overview of nutrition and healthy eating.


An interactive tool to help you determine the best diet, exercise program, etc. for "a healthy lifestyle". Contains sections on nutrition, fast food and recipes.

This federal government web site contains extensive "information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others."

Exercise for the Elderly --

Information for seniors about exercise from the American Academy of Family Physicians

Exercise for Seniors

From the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePLUS; what every senior needs to know about exercise and links to specialized interests, such as the effect of exercise on arthritis or osteoporosis.

Facts From EBRI (Employee Benefit Research Institute) EBRI publishes online monthly reports covering Social Security, 401(k) retirement plans, Medicare, health insurance and the uninsured, domestic partner benefits, income of the elderly, and other retirement issues. The reports are archived back to 1996. EBRI is a "neutral authority promoting the understanding and furtherance of employee benefits national policy."

Fact Sheets > The Elderly Nutrition Program

Description of this federal government program that provides grants to support home-delivered meals and related services for seniors. Topics include goals of the program, eligibility, and program outcomes. Includes instructions for finding information about Elderly Nutrition Program services in specific areas of the U.S. From the U.S. Administration on Aging.

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Health and Nutrition information relating to food from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Includes information on additives, chemicals and pesticides; foodborne illnesses; and labeling.

FirstGov for Consumers: Health

FirstGov for Consumers "is a 'one-stop' link to a broad range of federal information resources available online." These pages include all of FirstGov for Consumer's links on consumer health. Topics include: Aging/Elder Care, Buying Smart, Choosing Quality Health Care, Diet and Weight Control, Disease, Drugs, Exercise and Fitness, Health Risks & Prevention, Medical Procedures, Safety and Accident Prevention, Smoking/Tobacco Information.

Food & Nutrition Information Center

A directory of credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.

Food Safety and Nutrition Information

Contains information about nutrition at various stages of life and other food/nutrition related issues, such as food allergies, sweeteners, and food additives.

Growing Stronger-Strength Training for Older Adults

The why and how of strength training for seniors, includes exercises, motivation tips and other resources. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Aging: Senior Health

A site on covering various aspects of health. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

Health and Age

Provides articles and news from both the popular press and peer-reviewed journals. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

HealthFinder (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

An award-winning resource containing reliable information on specific health topics.

Healthy Aging Center

This section of, sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research, provides information on what you can do to live a happier, longer life. Includes such topics as nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, etc.


Provides information and resources for patients, families, friends, coworkers and caregivers facing their own or a loved-one's end-of-life illness.

Hospital Compare

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; provides information on how well the hospitals in your area care for adult patients with certain medical conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care improvement/surgical infection prevention. Search by specific hospital or geographic region.

Life Alert®

Creators of the Life Alert® pendant and monitoring center for summoning help in emergency situations. Its site includes information on various health topics. Magazine Articles on Health

A searchable, browsable directory of magazine articles related to health topics that are available online. Topics covered include: Diet & Nutrition; Exercise & Fitness; Illness, Injury & Treatments. Updated every few days.


"Medi-Cal provides vital health and long-term care coverage to [millions of] low-income children, their parents, elderly, and disabled Californians." In addition to information on Medi-Cal and its programs, the site provides news, related resources for consumers, FAQs, and statistics. Searchable. From the California HealthCare Foundation, "an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California."


Founded in 1956, this company provides emergency response services and maintains a database of medical profiles. (Note: Fee-based service.)

MedlinePlus Health Information (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

A high-quality, user-friendly site for health information. Allows keyword searching of its huge database of articles and reports in addition to organizing information into broad categories. See especially this population-specific page. Also provides a useful directory for identifying medical professionals.

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics

Online version of the 3rd edition. Can be searched or browsed via the index.

National Association of Senior Friends

This site features a variety of useful health tools, news, and information for seniors, including a drug interaction checker, an encyclopedia of alternative medicine, an anatomy atlas, a medical dictionary, and animations of common procedures. Although the site solicits membership, it is not required for viewing the information. Searchable.

National Institute on Aging

This site reports on scientific research supported by The National Institute on Aging. Includes a searchable database of "related organizations".

National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

Provides links to ombudsmen across the U.S.

National Mental Health Information Center

(Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)

A major resource for locating mental health clinics and services.

National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity & Aging

A useful resource for locating nutrition and other information by specific topic.

Your one stop for online federal information about nutrition, including links on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety. Links to government programs such as the Food Stamp Program, WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), and the School Lunch and Breakfast programs, are available here as well.

Nutrition Action Health Letter

This site ranks food and beverages by amount of caffeine and gives quick facts.

Nutrition and Health Info Sheets

Prepared by the University of California, Davis, these fact sheets provide information on general nutrition and health guidelines as well as providing information on specific topics, such as calcium, fiber, cholesterol, soy, etc.

Nutrition Data

A wealth of information from this searchable database, from bananas to Big Macs. Each entry includes a nutrition facts panel, a calorie ratio pyramid, and detailed information about the vitamins, minerals and other nutritional components. Interactive tools include a daily needs calculator.


The site's mission is "to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information at no charge." Features current cancer news; descriptions of various cancers (many in Spanish) and treatment options; clinical trials; suggestions for coping with cancer; library of reviews and peer-reviewed journals; and related cancer links. Searchable. From the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Otolaryngic Gerontology (Issues of Aging)

Provides general information on illnesses "common later in life," including those affecting the ears (earwax, itchy ears, decreased hearing, tinnitus); nose (aging rhinitis, bloody nose, allergic rhinitis); and throat (sore throat, cough). From the Division of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center's Virtual Medical Library

This site features health and medical resources for consumers and professionals. Contains annotated links to specific diseases and conditions; patient information handouts; and online medical textbooks, handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works. Includes links to national associations (by area of research) and professional organizations. Maintained by librarian Kenneth Willer.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Coalition of pharmaceutical companies and other health care providers and advocates to help qualified patients lacking prescription coverage to get the medicine they need at reduced costs or even free. Sponsored by America's pharmaceutical companies.

Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers

While this resource from the American Medical Association is aimed at physicians, the information is also useful to older adults and those concerned about them.

Recipes, Tips, and Hints-- Cancer Nutrition Info, LLC

This page offers recipes and tips about cancer fighting foods and diet. It is part of the site Cancer Nutrition Info, LLC, which is devoted to providing information about nutrition and cancer. (While Cancer Nutrition Info does offer subscription information, this page presents free content.)

RxList: the Internet Drug Index

Descriptions, side effects, indications and contraindications, patient information and more for the 200 most commonly prescribed drugs. Also includes a pill identifier, medical dictionary and more.

Safe Senior Citizen Driving

Describes risk factors for the senior citizen driver, warning signs that someone should stop driving, safety tips, and alternatives to driving. Includes related links. From Helpguide, "a joint project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and Center for Healthy Aging."

Senior Citizens News and Information Daily on the Web

This daily news journal highlights issues and events relevant to seniors. Topics include health and fitness, government, enjoying life, elderly issues, and money.

Senior Fitness Association

Though aimed at fitness trainers, this site has useful articles and links for anyone interested in physical exercise and aging.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

(Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)

A major resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers.

USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

This comprehensive site gives information regarding food and nutrition. Information available includes data and statistics, community outreach and nutrition education.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Aging

A directory of government resources providing information on various aspects of aging.

Women's Health Zone

This site provides women of all ages with timely, relevant information covering a wide range of health topics from diet and exercise to pregnancy and preventive care.

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