There is a lot of health information or "Web Resources" freely available on the internet. A Web Resource is any item you find online that you can watch, read, listen to, or interact with, such as videos, fact sheets and online quizzes. Many resources are consumer-friendly, but it's often difficult to know which ones have credible information, based on scientific research.
Web Resource Ratings do the homework for you, assessing the quality of the information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.
No matters you age or fitness level, there is a type of exercise that will work for you. This web page describes 3 types of fitness that you can do while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor before becoming more active.
Making changes to your diet can promote heart health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. A few tips to help get you on the path to a heart-healthy diet include: controlling your portion sizes; incorporating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat protein sources into your diet; reducing unhealthy fats and salt; planning ahead by creating daily menus; and treating yourself every once in a while.
Maintain your oral health by brushing your teeth two times a day using a fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Electric or battery-operated toothbrushes may be a good alternative to a manual toothbrush. Don't forget to floss daily, practice good brushing and flossing techniques, keep your brushing equipment clean and know when to replace it, and get routine dental cleanings.
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan stresses the consumption of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish, poultry, and nuts; while reducing sodium and limiting red meats, sweets, and sugary drinks. DASH aims to help lower or control high blood pressure. This resource helps you get started on the DASH diet by providing three days of menu options.
Healthy adults who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and fish likely do not need to use supplements. Some exceptions to this general rule may include people with certain medical conditions and those who have a poor appetite or a hard time acquiring nutritious food. Consult a doctor or dietitian for help with determining if you need to be taking supplements and how to do so safely. When choosing or using supplements, check the labels for ingredients and serving sizes, don't take more than the recommended daily values, monitor your diet, and look out for recalls and alerts.
We don't rate every resource we find on the web that relates to optimal aging. In some cases, entire health-related websites are excluded from what to evaluate in detail. In order to be rated, a Web Resource must:
If you cannot find a website or Web Resource that you are looking for, check out our list of excluded websites. If you still can’t find it, let us know; we may have missed it!
DISCLAIMER: Web Resource Ratings are provided for informational purposes only and to facilitate discussions with your healthcare providers, family members, or informal care givers. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professionals. The Portal is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor is it an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services). The Web Resource Ratings may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (email@example.com).