To make good decisions about our health, we need health information that is reliable and free of commercial influences. According to the National Institute on Aging, we need to consider the answers to these questions:
- Is the sponsor/owner of the website a Federal agency, medical school, or large professional or nonprofit organization, or is it related to one of these?
- If not sponsored by a Federal agency, medical school, or large professional or nonprofit organization, does the website reference one of these trustworthy sources for its health information?
- Is the mission or goal of the sponsor clear?
- Can you see who works for the agency or organization and who authored the information? Is there a way to contact the sponsor of the website?
- When was the information written or webpage last updated?
- Is your privacy protected?
- Does the website offer unbelievable solutions to your health problem(s)? Are quick, miracle cures promised?
For example, if someone has recently found out that he or she has diabetes, a good source of information for that person would be the American Diabetes Association, which has been around for over 70 years and is America’s leading non-profit organization providing diabetes information, advocacy, and funding for research. An ad that promises a “cure” for diabetes and includes a link to their website is likely not a trustworthy source of information.
Below are links and phone numbers for long-time, respected organizations that offer information and resources to help with efforts to be healthy. Also included are materials that can be downloaded and shared with groups, coworkers, friends, and family.
An ad that promises a “cure” for diabetes and includes a link to their website is likely not a trustworthy source of information.
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Stroke Association
ASTHO Obesity and Wellness Resources
Support and resources to states for the development of policies that support healthy eating and active living.
Childhood Obesity: A Resource List for Educators and Researchers – A collection of articles, educational materials, and other resources about childhood obesity with a public health focus rather than individual clinical approaches
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) — a joint program of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
USDA Weight Management Resource List – A comprehensive list of reliable information and resources about weight loss
Tobacco Free Allegheny
Pennsylvania Tobacco Cessation & Intervention Project
Quit Line: 1-877-724-1090
ONLINE HEALTH SITES
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Allegheny County Parks
Information about county parks and facilities that provide quality landscapes, programs, and special events to meet county-wide needs for leisure and recreation on behalf of the diverse segments of the community.
Information about programs designed to assist traditional pedestrian-based business districts throughout the county
Organization promotes kayaking at the North Shore and at North Park Boathouse
Comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams
Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes
Information about ways to make walking and biking safer, more convenient, and enjoyable
Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community
Organization provides high-quality, minimal-cost soccer coaching to inner-city children in the Pittsburgh area