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50 Free .Gov Resources for Health, Fitness and Medicine

by Dayna Sanders on January 15, 2010

Within the past year, many government agencies have raced to improve their Web sites with additional content and increased focuses on various populations. While you may or may not trust government information, the sites that focus on health, fitness and medicine may prove helpful. After all, getting up off that couch never hurts, and any site that might encourage you to do this could be worth its salt.

The following fifty free .gov resources for health, fitness and medicine are divided into categories that range from sites that focus on disease to special health programs and even special insurance programs. Each linked resource is linked alphabetically within those categories.

Disease Sites

  1. AIDS.gov: Find out what’s new through news items, a blog and a podcast provided by the U.S. government.
  2. Fighting Malaria: The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represents an historic five-year expansion of U.S. Government (USG) resources to fight malaria in the region most affected by the disease
  3. Flu.gov: This site provides complete information about the H1N1 flu, vaccinations and advice for families and for profresssionals.
  4. Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS: The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) was established to provide policy recommendations on the U.S. Government’s response to the AIDS epidemic.
  5. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: This government agency has a a sharply focused mission on facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders.

Nutrition

  1. Agriculture and Food: Science.gov is an inter-agency initiative of 18 U.S. government science organizations within 14 Federal Agencies. This portion focuses on agriculture, health and nutrition.
  2. Nutrition: Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government.
  3. United States Department of Agriculture: Stay on top of food alert, farm news, nutrition and more with this Web site and its accompanying blog.

Fitness

  1. Healthier Feds: Although the title leads readers to believe this site is for Federal employees, it also is for retirees. The focus is on healthy living, greater individual responsibility and best-treatment strategies.
  2. Healthier US: This Web site is part of a broad presidential agenda designed to help Americans, especially children, live longer, better, and healthier lives.
  3. Healthy People: This site challenges individuals, communities, and professionals, indeed all of us to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
  4. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: The Federal Government has issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and they’re located on this site.
  5. The President’s Challenge: The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives.
  6. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: Find out how you can start a physical activity program today and stay active and fit for life while earning Presidential awards.

Medicine

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: This site is filled with credible health information on all diseases, responses, preparedness and much more.
  2. Health and Medicine: This section of Science.gov focuses on health and medicine resources.
  3. Medical Reserve Corps: The mission of the MRC is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.
  4. National Institutes of Health: This government site represents the nation’s medical research agency. Find information for all age groups on wellness and lifestyle as well as medicinal news.

Environment and Health

  1. Biology and Nature: This Science.gov site carries tons of information about biological systems, including great sites for kids.
  2. Earth and Ocean Sciences: One more Science.gov site that carries links for dozens of sites about environment and health.
  3. Environmental Health (EPA): The Environmental Protection Agency has shifted its focus in the past year to individual and community health from an environmental perspective.
  4. U.S. Department of Energy: Yes, this site contains a lot of information about health, including radiation information, technological resources and environmental resources.
  5. USAID Environment: This portion of the USAID site provides information on global environmental and health issues.
  6. USGS: The United States Geological Survey site carries information about geology, but it also maintains safety information, tools that can help minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters and manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources and enhance and protect quality of life.

Overall Health

  1. Health Finder: Learn how to live well through the information contained on this site.
  2. Health Resources and Services Administration: This is a large site that contains information on topics that range from primary care to bone marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation.
  3. National Health Information Center: NHIC is a health information referral service. You can find more government health sites linked here as well as other resources.
  4. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: This is another government site that provides linked information to health, fitness and medicine sites.
  5. Office of Inspector General: Use this site to report fraud and to learn more about how this office runs the Department of Health and Human Services programs.
  6. State Health Departments: This list, offered by Healthfinder.gov, provides information and links to all available state health departments.
  7. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Learn about health hazards as well as unsafe products at this site. There is a section here for kids.
  8. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The HHS offers a wide range of information for public consumption on health, disease prevention, fitness and wellness.
  9. U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site offers information on emergency response teams, public health programs and much more.

Work-Related Health

  1. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration): This site, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, regulates and reports health and safety standards for workplaces.
  2. U.S. Office of Personnel Management: While this site focuses on Federal civilian work forces, any business can use it to form health and wellness policies for civilian businesses.

Special Health Programs

  1. 4Parents: This government site helps parents teach children about healthy sex choices.
  2. Global Health: Part of the HHS (see above), this site provides information about global health topics.
  3. Health (Department of Veterans Affairs): Although meant for veterans, anyone can learn more about fitness, health, telehealth and even travel advisories from this updated site.
  4. Health IT Buzz: Stay on top of Health Information Technology for current and future health and care with this site.
  5. Kids.gov: This site is divided into information for various age levels, and includes health and fitness information.
  6. Small Step: Young adults and teens can use this site to learn how to eat better, get active and stay fit.
  7. The Office of Minority Health: The OMH focuses on health issues that pertain to minority populations.
  8. USAID Health: This portion of the USAID Web site focuses on global health issues.
  9. Women’s Health: Women and female teens can find links, news and information about health, fitness and medicine specific to women at this site.

Insurance and Retirement

  1. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): If you need to learn more about CHIP and CHIPRA (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act), this is the site for answers.
  2. Health Insurance Reform Reality Check: The White House offers rebuttals to attacks on current health care information at this site.
  3. Insure Kids Now: The federal government and the states together offer health insurance coverage for children through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Find out more about these services here.
  4. Medicaid: If you have questions about Medicaid, this government site offers information.
  5. Medicare: While this site offers answers to questions on Medicare, if you have Medicare or if you are a caregiver, you might want to visit Medicare.gov.
  6. Social Security Online: This site offers information on how to apply for Social Security for disability or for retirement.
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