Email instructor with the make and model of the fitness tracker you currently own for approval.
CDC applies research and findings to improve people's daily lives and responds to health emergencies; Provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks, implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics.
Trust for America's Health: Promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority.
Physical Activity Guidelines (Health.gov)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM): Largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
LiiNK Project (video)
Fitness & Exercise (WebMD)
7 Risky Exercises and Better Bets (WebMD): slide show for weight training/concepts/wellness/faculty classes
Nutrition and Athletic Performance - ACSM Joint Position Stand 2016: This position paper was prepared for members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada (DC), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), other professional associations, government agencies industry, and the public. It outlines the Academy's, DC's, and ACSM's stance on nutrition factors that have been determined to influence athletic performance and emerging trends in the field of sports nutrition. Athletes should be referred to a registered dietitian/nutritionist for a personalized nutrition plan.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Provides a wide range of materials relating to healthy eating habits; the site includes fact sheets covering a variety of weight management topics, including healthy strategies for gaining or losing weight.
Aim for a Healthy Weight (NHLBI) can help you learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight by taking small steps to change your lifestyle. Find tips for eating well at home and on the road, and for becoming more physically active.
American Heart Association: Healthy Eating provides guidelines and tips for eating a low-fat, heart-healthy diet, including advice for shopping and eating out.
Healthfinder: A gateway to online publications, websites, support groups, and agencies and organizations that produce reliable health information.
Healthy Lifestyle (Mayo Clinic)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative: Good information for weight loss
Nutrition.Gov A gateway to government nutrition resources on the Web.
We Can!, a national education program designed to give parents and communities ways to help kids stay at a healthy weight, can help your family avoid excess pounds. Get tips on choosing low-calorie snacks, getting active, and cooking fun, healthy meals. We Can!
Weight Control (MedlinePlus): Provides news and links to reliable sites with information relating to weight loss, including those covering over-the-counter diet pills and diet aids.
Weight-control Information Network (
These four health organizations (red) cover a wide variety of diseases and health conditions. Specific health conditions, listed below these four, are listed along with helpful links for each condition.
CDC - Diseases & Conditions information on diseases and conditions.
MAYO CLINIC (Diseases and Conditions) consists of experts in content development and production, product management, and user experience and design. Because physicians, scientists and other medical experts dedicate a portion of their clinical time to this site, we are in the unique position to give you access to the knowledge and experience of Mayo Clinic.
American Addiction Centers: Information on various drugs and a toll-free hotline to call to speak to an addiction rehabilitation specialist.
Drug Rehab Centers: Focuses on a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism driven organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving.
NIDA for Teens: Go to this site to learn how drugs affect the body and hear from teens who’ve struggled with addiction. This interactive web site has quizzes, videos, games, and a blog that shows the science behind drug abuse.
Rethinking Drinking provides research-based information about how your drinking habits can affect your health. Learn to recognize the signs of alcohol problems and ways to cut back or quit drinking. Interactive tools can also help you calculate the calories and alcohol content of drinks.
Alzheimer's & Dementia
Cardiovascular Disease - Hypertension - Stroke - High Cholesterol
Know Stroke can help you learn the signs of stroke and the importance of getting to the hospital quickly. Fast medical action is key to successful recovery from stroke. Stroke strikes fast, and you should too. Know Stroke
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): College Students offers advice for parents of college students who suffer from anxiety or depression.
Hope for Depression The mission of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) is to fund cutting-edge, scientific research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide.
National Alliance on Mental Illness nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The Bone Resource Center provides information about the role of bones in your body and what you can do to protect them. Learn from interactive tools, find out about bone disorders, and get ideas to help kids build strong bones.
Parkinson's Foundation is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy.
Michael J. Fox Foundation The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.
American Cancer Society (ACS): Tobacco and Cancer: Includes guidelines for quitting tobacco use and maintaining nonsmoking.
American Lung Association: information on lung diseases and tobacco control, including cessation products.
National Cancer Institute: Smoking Publications: Includes online brochures on many tobacco topics, including strategies and products for quitting.
Nicotine Anonymous A twelve-step program focusing on nicotine addiction; site includes information on finding a local meeting.
Smokefree.gov can help you or someone you care about quit smoking. Use the step-by-step quit guide, talk to an expert, and find other tools to help you quit.
Smoking Cessation (MedlinePlus): Provides links to news and information about smoking cessation from reliable sources.
Stop Tabac: An online quitting program that features computer-generated counseling letters based on stages of change model levels of motivation; offered in English, French, German, Danish, and Italian.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Position Stands for various conditions and populations.
Health Fraud (Medline Plus): Provides news and links to information on fraudulent health products and services.
National Institutes of Health (NIH): Health Information Index: Includes consumer publications, hotline information, and an A to Z listing of health issues with links to the appropriate NIH institute.
National Institutes of Health Science-Based Health & Wellness Resources for Your Community (www.nih.gov/health/wellness/) The NIH's ultimate goal is to improve the nation's health through medical research. Check out these resources — based on our scientific findings — that can help you or a loved one on your path to improved health and well-being.
NIH News in Health provides practical health information based on NIH research. This monthly newsletter can help you eat healthier, move more, and learn the science behind medical topics like acupuncture, menopause, and heart disease. NIH News in Health
National Institute on Aging features research-based information about a range of health issues for older adults. Learn about healthy aging with short, easily accessible information in a variety of formats.
The Office of Minority Health has the mission of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.
Talking to Your Doctor links you to NIH resources that can help you make the most of your conversations with your doctor. Communication is key to good health care. Get tips for asking questions and talking openly about your symptoms and concerns.
Time Management Quiz (Mind Tools)
Complementary & Alternative Medicine
NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (http://nccam.nih.gov/health) provides evidence-based information about therapies and practices such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and herbal supplements. Learn about the research and be an informed consumer. @NCCAM National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (www.cam.cancer.gov) within the National Cancer Institute focuses on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in treating cancers.
Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH) can teach you how to choose and use dietary supplements wisely. This site provides reliable answers to common questions. You can also download a free mobile app for the iPhone or iPad to track supplements you take to share with your doctor. @NIH_ODS
Quackwatch (www.quackwatch.org), an alternative medicine watchdog, reports on health-related frauds and misconduct, taking a hardline stand on claims that are not substantiated by objective scientific evidence.
Evidence-Based Reviews of Healthcare
Do you need high quality and reliable sources? Use the CAARP test to evaluate the books, journal articles, websites, and ebooks you come across in your research.
There is a saying in computer science, "Garbage in, garbage out." It is the same for research projects. If you choose biased or low-quality sources, your paper is going to be of low quality as well. Higher quality sources make you look more credible as an author and an expert on your topic.
Run all of your potential sources through the five criteria of the CAARP test.
1. Currency: More recent information is informed by the full range of research on your topic, and some information, such as science and health information, may change very quickly. If two resources are similar, choose the newer one.
2. Authority: If the author is not an expert (advanced degree and/or works in that field), the source is less credible.
3. Accuracy: Is someone other than the author evaluating the information before publication? Look for websites that publish information about how they are evaluated and updated.
4. Relevance: You want the sources that are the best fit for your topic. Do they cover information related to your thesis statement? Are they written at a college level? Don't just pick the first five results in your search; pick the BEST results.
5. Purpose: Be careful about biased sources. You are looking for sources that inform rather than persuade.
Make sure you download the handout linked above so you can apply the CAARP test while you are researching. Your job as a researcher is to find the best sources you can. If you are having trouble, please Ask a Librarian!