Links: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle


Fitness

Take this fitness assessment to find out how your personality type influences the type of exercise program that might work best for you.  Results are presented as different colors connected to personality type.  There are explanations of each type and recommendations for an optimal fitness program based on your type.  
http://www.the8colors.com/cfit.asp

Nutrition

Note that the government guidelines for good nutrition changed in 2011 after the 5th Edition of College and Career Success was printed.  My Pyramid has been replaced by MyPlate.  The new website is http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ Students can get a personalized daily food plan based on their age, height, weight and activity level at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx 

Learn how to interpret nutrition labels and find out the nutritional value and calories in foods at the Self Nutrition Data site:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

Find the nutritional value of foods at this nutrition calculator:
http://www.nutritionvalue.org/

The U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes the Food and Nutrition Information Center with accurate and practical nutrition information:
http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/

Live to Be 100

Live to be 100 and healthy.  Take this free assessment to determine how long you will live.  Then read suggestions on how to live a healthier and longer life.  This site is highly recommended.
https://www.livingto100.com/

Try this longevity calculator.  It has a sliding bar used to describe your health habits and you can see the effect of improvement by sliding the bar.
http://www.poodwaddle.com/life/

Play the longevity game at this site.  As you answer the questions, see visuals that describe your lifestyle.  Suggestions are given for improving your health and lifestyle.  
http://www.nmfn.com/tn/learnctr--lifeevents--longevity_end

Here is another longevity calculator:
http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/perl/CalcForm.html

Health Questions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide the latest research on a variety of health topics.  Health topics A-Z are listed.
http://www.cdc.gov

Visit the Web MD for answers to your health questions.  Wellness topics are included: 
http://my.webmd.com/

The Wellness Web contains a very complete alphabetical listing of health topics. Learn about nutrition, weight loss, women’s health issues, stress management, how to quit smoking or find information on an illness or health topic. It has a fun and relaxing section titled, "Be happy, Be Well" with games, puzzles, movies, travel, poetry, music and other diversions:
http://www.wellness.com/  


Alcohol

The Alcohol Addiction Center has Resources for Alcoholics and Problem Drinkers. The site includes tips for getting help, free resources, information, statistics, and links:
https://alcoholaddictioncenter.org/alcoholism-resources/

The Problem with College Drinking is a good article summarizing the extent and effects of college drinking: http://www.quitalcohol.com/resources/college-drinking.html

The Alcohol Rehab Guide provides resources for recovery and treatment:
https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/

Alcohol 101+ helps college students make safe decisions about alcohol.  It provides scenarios for discussion and reflection.
http://www.alcohol101plus.org/home.html

Visit the Century Council for information and resources for dealing with drunk driving and underage drinking:
http://www.centurycouncil.org/

The Rethinking Drinking Site is a new government site that provides valuable research based information on drinking and how it affects your health.  Find answers to these questions:  What counts as a drink?   Is your drinking pattern risky?  What's the harm?  Thinking about change?  The site provides strategies for cutting down or quitting drinking.  There are online questionnaires to check your drinking pattern and assess signs of problems.  The site provides tools for making a change.
https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/   

This site contains information for adults, teens and others dealing with alcoholism in their families or communities.  There are referrals to local groups.  There is no cost involved. 
https://www.aa.org/

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence provides education, information, hope and help to the public.  It advocates prevention, education and treatment.
http://www.ncadd.org/

 

Drugs

This site has information about illegal drugs and how they affect the heart and other side effects. Find information on opium, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, rohypnol, LSD, and ectacy https://www.acls.net/effects-of-drugs.htm

This site is dedicated to living without drugs.  It offers information and assistance with drug addiction. 
http://www.narconon.org

This site indexes treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction.
https://www.addictioncenter.com

This site provides the latest information and news stories about drugs.  It contains a useful fact sheet on the various drugs.
www.abovetheinfluence.com 

The Morningside Recovery site has a good summary of drug types and effects of drug abuse.  It is aimed at teens and parents, but has useful information for college students.
www.morningsiderecovery.com/educational-resources/drug-education-and-prevention-for-your-teen/   

Smoking

The Healthline Nicotine Addiction and Dependence Learning Center has good information on nicotine addiction and quitting smoking:
http://www.healthline.com/channel/nicotine-addiction-and-dependence.html 

This site has numerous articles and suggestions for quitting smoking and has links to many products for quitting smoking.  It features chat rooms and even stop smoking cartoons.  
http://www.quitsmoking.com/

This site has many useful resources to quit smoking.
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/how2quit.htm

This site has practical advice on how to quit smoking from one who has gone through the process.  It contains additional links for resources to quit smoking.  I highly recommend this site.
http://www.tobaccofree.org/quitting.html

This site contains tips for quitting smoking.  It is focused on adolescents.  It has a gallery of humorous anti-smoking photos which are good for getting out the message about the dangers of smoking.  
http://www.notobacco.org/

Addictive Behavior

The Addiction Guide has resources to help with drug and alcohol addiction. It includes information, help lines, addiction foundations, blogs, publications, forums, mobile apps, and recovery resources for alcohol and specific drugs.
https://www.addictionguide.com/

The Addiction Resource web site has a link to a helpline sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plus information on drugs, addiction, treatment (and how your insurance might pay for it), drug abuse, and addiction facts.
https://addictionresource.com/

Project Know has information about drug and alcohol addiction and treatment centers in your area:
http://www.projectknow.com/

The Addiction Center provides information about addictions, treatment centers and a plan for recovery.  It is helpful for those with addictions or for those helping others with addictions.  
www.addictioncenter.com

The Recovery Connection is a website that offers information, live chat and referrals for psychiatric and mental health problems and addiction.  At this site you can find information about anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, codependency, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress as well as other mental health and addiction problems:  
http://www.recoveryconnection.org/

Are you addicted to the Internet? The Internet Addiction Disorder site has signs, symptoms, and treatment. It includes an Internet addiction quiz: 
https://www.psycom.net/iadcriteria.html

Sleep

Stress and Sleep, How to Master Stress and Enjoy Restful Sleep:
https://www.nestmaven.com/sleep/disorders/stress/

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has information about sleep and sleep disorders: 
https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html 

The National Sleep Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes the public understanding of sleep disorders and provides sleep-related education.
http://www.sleepfoundation.org/

Stress

Visit the College Student's Guide to Stress Management by Purdue University at:
https://www.purdueglobal.edu/news-resources/college-students-guide-to-stress-management-infographic/

Visit the Learn Psychology, "Student Guide to Surviving Stress and Anxiety in College and Beyond" for information about stress and anxiety, a stress test, resources, and techniques for dealing with stress in college as well as on the job:
http://www.learnpsychology.org/student-stress-anxiety-guide/

For a good summary of stress management sources and how to cope, visit this site:
www.inloox.com/products/business-productivity-tools/all-about-stress-management  

The American Institute of Stress is dedicated to understanding the role of stress in health and illness.  It has a good summary of the causes of stress and relaxation techniques. 
http://www.stress.org/

Learn to understand and recognize stress.  This site helps you to optimize your level of stress and to manage life crisis:
http://www.mindtools.com/page2.html   

Mental Health

The Mental Health Resources List has extensive resources, information, government sites, and diagnostic resources. It includes help for college students, veterans, minorities, women, seniors, and gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. It has useful information related to anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, bipolar, autism, schizophrenia, mental health, sexual assault, eating disorders, suicide prevention, and domestic violence. Find links to hot lines for immediate assistance.
https://socialworklicensemap.com/mental-health-resources-list/

This site, Promoting Student Mental Health, has information and resources for stress, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, alcoholism, ADHD, eating disorders, OCD, and PTSD:
http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/student-mental-health-resources/

This site features an encyclopedia of mental health information including the 52 most common mental disorders, diagnosis, treatment and medications. The information can be translated into several different languages:
http://www.mentalhealth.com/p.html

HIV/AIDS

"The Body" is an award winning source of information on AIDS and HIV. It has 30,000 documents on prevention, treatment, quality of life and government issues. It includes how to provide or get help with this disease:
http://www.thebody.com/index.shtml

Planned Parenthood

Access Planned Parenthood information on birth control, parenting and pregnancy. Information is available in Spanish also:
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/