Health Links

Health Links is a selection of web sites that have been identified as useful for a variety of health concerns and health promotion.  Please check with your doctor before starting an exercise program or taking advice from web sites.  The links below are for you to use in researching health care decisions and are not meant to replace regular medical care.  

Healthy Eating

Connecticut Grown has listings of farms, agricultural fairs and other topics related to agritourism.

Healthy Foods and Beverages CT Board of Education list. A list of beverages and snacks that CT schools can sell if they have signed up for the healthy foods initiative. This list can be used as a guideline when purchasing snacks and beverages.  

Choose My Plate offers personalized eating plans, and interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices. Designed for ages 2 and over and people with specific health conditions should consult with a health care provider for a more specific dietary plan.

10 Reason to Buy Local Produce  a list of why it is so important to buy local produce.  Please also see the list of local farms on this web site and at the above Connecticut Grown Web site.

Healthy Living

American Heart Association has information about heart health, high blood pressure, and classes for CPR.

Glastonbury Relay for Life is a yearly community event to raise funds to support the research efforts of the American Cancer Society

America's Running Routes is USA Track and Field's web site with local running and walking routes posted, includes distances and comments by the posting individual. Easy to measure your own routes for distances as well.

Berkeley Wellness Letter is a respected health newsletter with some online information. The actual letter is available at the Welles-Turner library in the reference section.

Centers for Disease Control has information about the issues surrounding obesity and weight gain. BMI calculator.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Their newsletter Nutrition Action Health letter, is available at the Welles-Turner library in the reference section. 

Clemson University Extension:  extensive nutrition and exercise information for the consumer.  Handouts and links with information across the age span, from birth to senior citizens.

Natural Awakenings:  A local monthly magazine available in print and online with information about health and wellness in the Greater Hartford area.  Local health and wellness businesses also advertise and have listings in each edition.

The Welles Turner Library has also put together a number of health sites.

Medical

The American Cancer Societyis a source for learning about cancer, how to stay healthy and how to find help for support and treatment.

The American Red Cross has listings for CPR, lifeguard, first aid and babysitting classes. 

ClinicalTrials.gov is registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.  ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers.  This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

Medical Lab Test Information is a public resource with information about medical lab tests, and information about screening tests. 

MedlinePlus has current information about medications and supplements that is kept very up to date by the National Institutes of Medicine and US National Library of Medicine.

The Centers for Disease Control web site has information about Seasonal Influenza ---- flu activity, surveillance, infection control and recommendations for flu shots. 

Webmd provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who are seeking health information.

Travel Health

Traveling brings special health concerns.  So along with dusting off your passport make sure you also inquire about any special health concerns, medications, or vaccines you should get before going abroad.  

The Center for Disease Control has a special section on their web site with specific information about travel.

The UCONN Health Center has a clinic specifically for travel medicine.  

The World Health Organization is an excellent source for international health topics.