Health & Wellness Sites

Helpful Tools For Improving Your Health

Body Mass Index Calculator
This calculator is provided by the National Institutes of Health.  Based on height and weight, it determines whether you are underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. BMI is an estimate of body fat.  The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers.  Although the BMI is a useful tool, it does have some limits in that it may overestimate body fat in those with a muscular build or underestimate body fat in those who have lost muscle.
Based on academic research, HealthyWage is an online program that lets you set a personal weight loss goal and a time frame to achieve it. The program does not tell you how to lose weight but if you reach your goal, you actually win money!  The program requires an initial investment as an incentive, but you can choose the amount.  If you reach your goal, you save your investment and win an additional cash prize as well!

The amount of your prize depends on your personal data and bigger cash prizes are given to people who statistically have a harder time losing weight.

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Meditation Oasis
This site offers free meditation recordings, many of them targeted, with titles such as: Letting Go, Gratitude Meditation, Emotional Ease, Mini Break from Work or Study, and Aliveness.  Meditation is a great tool for anyone, and these range from just 4 minutes up to 31, so they are a less-intimidating way to begin this practice.

National Library of Medicine: Drugs, Herbs & Supplements
This is an excellent site to obtain trusted information on any medications, herbs or supplements you plan to take.  It includes uses, benefits, precautions, side effects, instructions and any contraindications.

Skin Deep
This site includes data on the health and safety of the products we use and consume.  SKIN DEEP rates the safety of cosmetics on a scale of 1 to 6, with information about specific risks.  It also provides useful data about pesticides and food additives to watch out for, as well as which produce items should be purchased organically. (See also – the ThinkDirtyApp listed at the bottom under Safe Cosmetics.)

The New York Times “Well” Blog
This site helps you keep you finger on the pulse of everything health and wellness related.  It has useful articles as well as occasional tools to try out, such as the Scientific 7-Minute Workout listed below.

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout
This is a free mobile app for a quick and effective workout. The app offers a “step-by-step guide to both 7-minute workouts, offering animated illustrations of the exercises, as well as a timer and audio cues to help you get the most out of your seven minutes.”  This can be done anywhere, as long as you have a sturdy chair to step onto as well as floor space.

Safe Cosmetics: ThinkDirtyApp
This free app allows you to scan barcodes of cosmetics and personal care products.  You will instantly get a rating between 1 and 10, indicating the level of toxicity.  This is a user-friendly app that can help you keep harmful ingredients off and out of you body.

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