Are you curious about this government’s focus on health and fitness, both on personal and public health levels? Thanks to the current government’s efforts toward transparency, you can learn more about their motivations through blogs and updated Web sites that focus on disease, disease prevention and research. We’ve gathered many of those resources together for you in this list of 50 government blogs and Web resources that are good for your health.
Diseases, Disabilities and Disorders
- AIDS Blog: This blog is part of the government’s Web site on AIDS. Expect news and commentary on HIB and new media, research and policy.
- Disability Blog: Get the latest on disability-related news, information and trends from this blog — part of a larger government site that addresses disabilities.
- Flu: The government devotes an entire site to various strains of flu, including news, PSAs and outreach.
- National Cancer Institute: This site focuses on cancer research, news, clinical trials, statistics and topics that explain every type of cancer known to society.
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: NICHCY focuses on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth.
- National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: This government resource provides information to individuals who suffer from heart, lung or blood diseases, and includes recipes for healthy eating.
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA is focused on addictions to drugs and alcohol as well as on treatments and mental health services.
Fitness & Nutrition
- Be Active Your Way: This blog, designed for active (or inactive) individuals aged 18+ is based upon the 2008 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ publication, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
- Farmers Market Search: If you want to “eat local” and eat fresh food, this tool might help you to find the closest farmer’s market in your area.
- Healthier US: The HealthierUS initiative is a national effort to improve people’s lives, prevent and reduce the costs of disease, and promote community health and wellness.
- Healthy People 2010: This government site is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.
- Let’s Move: This blog is part of a larger site devoted to tackling childhood obesity.
- MyPyramid Tracker: This is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.
- Nutrition: This link leads you to the RSS News Feed within the Nutrition.gov site, where you can learn what’s happening in the government regulated food programs, including research.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.
- College Drinking: Changing the Culture: This site is geared toward several audiences, including administrators, parents and students at both high school and college levels.
- Council on Environmental Quality: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives.
- Environmental Protection Agency: This federal organization monitors and reports on environmental issues that affect public health in five districts throughout the U.S.
- Health Resources and Services Administration: HSRA is an agency that was established to improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
- HealthFinder: Use this resource to discover health information for a wide variety of topics. You also can locate a doctor, health center or organization at this site.
- HealthReform: Health insurance reform is now part and parcel of American history…but, how will this reform affect you in the future? Find out here, with this site’s blog.
- OSHA: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration seeks to protect workers from unsafe environments.
- Public Health Matters: Learn more about the public health work involved with preventing and controlling infectious diseases from the Centers for Disease Control.
- Ready.gov: This site helps citizens prepare for both natural and man made disasters.
- State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) offer a site for contacts in case of an emergency state by state, including phone numbers and Web site addresses.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources: This is the go-to site for learning how the government implements protection for the health of all Americans.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The FDA provides information on topics that range from food and drugs to medical devices, vaccinations and more with over 100 FDA programs.
- USA.gov: This vast resource provides every site within the U.S. government as well as outside agency resources for topics that focus on health as well as on other matters.
Health & Science
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: AHRQ provides clinical information for consumers and patients as well as data and surveys and research findings. The focus is quality health care and patient safety.
- Clinical Trials: This site is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world, including information on how to participate.
- Health IT Buzz: Health & Human Services offers yet another blog, this time from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (IT).
- Dietary Supplements Database (IBIDS): This database provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements.
- MedlinePlus: Use this government resource to answer your health questions. MedlinePlus contains extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
- NIOSH Science Blog: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers a blog that focuses on home, work and the environment.
- NIGMS Feedback Loop: This blog is from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- PubMed Central: This site contains archives filled with free biomedical and life science journal articles.
- Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT): If you want to learn more about the reports, data and analyses that flows from the National Institute of Health (NIH), then this site is up your alley.
- Science.gov: This link leads to this site’s focus on health and medicine, with links to various articles in topics that range from alternative medicine to procedures, surgery and other therapies.
- The Sara Bellum Blog: From brain scans to virtual reality, scientists are doing cool things to learn more about addiction. This blog leads the way in learning about the science behind drug abuse.
- Department of Veterans Affairs: The VA’s mission is to provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned through military duty.
- Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commanders Blog: This is an upbeat blog that mainly disperses information about ongoing events at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and nationwide news.
- MHS Blog: The Military Health System blog focuses on a wide range of health categories from mental health to “Warrior Care” and the Wounded Warrior Program.
- Administration on Aging: The mission of AoA is to develop a system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway: This site covers a wide range of topics from abuse to adoption and much more.
- Girl’s Health: The Department of Health and Human Services provides a site geared specifically to girls ages 10-16.
- Kids.gov: Not only does this site serve as a health and fitness education center for kids, it serves as a portal to reach specific age groups and educators.
- Medicare: This government site addresses all things Medicare, from health and drug plans to facilities and doctors.
- National Center on Elder Abuse: This site represents the government’s commitment to helping national, state, and local partners be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
- Organ Donor: Use this resource to learn how you can help others live a healthier life with your organ donations.
- Women’s Health Resources: This site provides a wide variety of information for women, from abuse to cancer, exercise and fitness and reproductive health.