How fit is your health and wellness information?
For today’s Fitness Friday, let’s zero in on high quality resources. We all know it can be like the Wild West out there on the internet!
Guess what? 2/3 of adults in Americans (not just 20-somethings) now get at least some of their news from social media. That’s according to a new study out by the Pew Research Center.
And while skimming Facebook to find out what is going on may not be a bad thing, remember that Facebook is not a news organization. Someone’s opinion posted there, or anywhere else on social media, may not be the best information for you to follow when it comes to your health.
I recently watched a documentary called “What the Health” and I recall thinking, “wow, is that true?” Today, I noticed personal health columnist Jane Brody for the New York Times broached the same topic. You can read her article here, which provides credible information to counter some of the claims made in the Netflix documentary.
So where do you get sound health-related information? For trusted sources, it can be wise to go to evidence-based websites. Seeing as you’re reading this Wellview Health blog, you’re already on the right track! As a health coach I often recommend two other online resources for high quality nutritional information:
1. Eat Right
This site (EatRight.org) is put out by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They often update the site with fresh nutrition articles.
2. The Nutrition Source
Run by the Harvard School of Public Health, this site (hsph.harvard.edu) provides a wealth of information. I particularly like the nutrition news section. You’ll also find updated information on healthy food and drinks, plus topics concerning weight, exercise and disease prevention.
The bottom line is watch where you get your information. Don’t believe everything you read or hear, especially on social media.
Make it a point to know your family history and be certain to notice what foods, drink or activities make you feel clear, grounded and energized. Also know that these things may shift over the years as you age. I recall turning 45 and feeling sick when I ate greasy French fries. I may still swipe a fry or two, but I notice the effects on the body and usually stop after a taste.
With so much information floating around, remember to check in with the best health and wellness expert around: yourself.
Kelley Colihan Robertson, E-RYT, CHWC
Health Advisor | E-Mail Kelley