The Healthy Living Guide for Web Workers: 50+ Resources

by Linda on Jun 22, 2009

If you work with computers and the Internet or know someone who does, you may know already that online interaction can damage health. But, the upside to online interaction is that it brings the normally isolated Web worker into a somewhat “social” realm. This advantage is useful, especially when the Web worker seeks help for various health issues.

Health issues that Web workers face include addictions to various substances, emotional and physical problems, lack of exercise, eating disorders, and stress. The following 50+ resources provide information about these issues and more.

The following resources are categorized and alphabetized. This methodology shows that we do not favor one resource over another.

Addictions

These resources explain addiction in its various forms and treats addiction as a disease:

  1. Addictions.org: The topics covered on this site include; drug and alcohol addiction, overeating, gambling, codependency, support groups, and much more.
  2. Alcohol & Drug Resource Center: An independent resource for alcohol and drug resources, including rehab listings by state.
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous: The recovery program upon which many other addiction recovery programs are based.
  4. No-Porn.com: Break the pornography habit here.
  5. Science Daily Addiction News : No-nonsense news about addictions and addictive behaviors.
  6. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: This site offers help to anyone who has sex addiction or love addiction or both and who wants to do something about it.
  7. Smokefree.gov: This Web site was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute with the intent to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.
  8. Stop Smoking Foundation: This site is run by a privately funded group of former smokers who are dedicated to providing the best free information and support to help you stop smoking.

Emotional Issues

The following resources touch on every possible emotional issue imaginable:

  1. American Psychological Association: The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
  2. Emotional Health Anonymous: This self-help site is for people who suffer from emotional problems not related to substance abuse.
  3. National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families.
  4. National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Foundation: This is an international organization that serves those who are affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other related neurobiological Spectrum Disorders.
  6. PsychCentral: The largest and oldest (13 years) independent mental health social network created and run by mental health professionals.

Fitness

What better way for a Web worker to get fit than to use an online resource? These tools could help make any Web worker more fit:

  1. Fitlink: An online fitness community with tools to get you in shape.
  2. Fitness.com: Fitness.com’s mission is to provide the world with healthy fitness tips and information, 100-percent free.
  3. Gimme20: Reach your health and fitness goals with online personal trainers, tools and information all within a supportive, online community.
  4. Gyminee: Join for free, track workouts, monitor diet, meet new friends and reach your goals.
  5. iStats: Stay motived with your fitness program by viewing your progress and sharing with others.
  6. PeerTrainer: Buddy up and slim down when you use this site. Also has diet and health information.

Nutrition

Put away the chips and sodas and pick up an apple and some water…the following resources provide all the hows and whys for nutrition:

  1. American Dietetic Association: The ADA is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, committed to improving the nation’s health.
  2. Dr. Weil: A free online consumer resource for healthy living based on an integrative medicine philosophy. The focus is on nutrition.
  3. FINDINGBalance: FINDINGbalance is a faith-based non-profit health and wellness organization with an emphasis on eating and body image issues.
  4. National Eating Disorders Association : Dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders.
  5. Nutrition.gov: This site provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government.
  6. Overeaters Anonymous: OA is not just about weight loss, gain or maintenance or obesity or diets. It also addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
  7. Something Fishy: Thirteen years on the Web as one of the best sites with information about eating disorders, buoyed by constructive support for users.

Physical Health

The following resources offer information about physical health and safety issues:

  1. MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.
  2. MedicineNet: Nationally recognized, doctor-produced network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians who offer trusted online physical health and medical information.
  3. OSHA Ergonomics: Safety and Health ergonomics in the workplace, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
  4. Revolution Health: By putting individuals at the center of their own physical healthcare, Revolution Health allows them to make informed choices.
  5. Wrong Diagnosis: The objective of the site is to encourage consumers to be informed and interested in managing their health.

Specifics

Bad nutrition, lack of exercise, addictions and stress can lead to catastrophic physical problems. Learn more below:

  1. American Cancer Society: Cancer can debilitate entire families both emotionally and physically. Find resources for support and information here.
  2. American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.
  3. American Heart Association: The premier resource for heart disease information and resources.
  4. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Strokes are a real problem, but so is carpal tunnel syndrome. This site covers both issues and more neurological disorders.
  5. Spine Health: A full range of doctor-written, doctor-reviewed articles on back pain, neck pain, and chronic pain, forums, doctor directory, videos and more.

Stress

Relax, or at least learn how to relax from the following tools:

  1. Social Anxiety Support: SAS is a great resource for individuals who experience anxiety in face-to-face interactions.
  2. Stress at Work: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) provides a comprehensive yet concise list of tools about work-related stress and relief from that stress.
  3. Work-Related Stress: Health & Safety Executive (HSE) offers resources for the worker who seeks to reduce stress at work.

Support

It’s much easier to make life-altering changes with support. Find it here:

  1. Daily Strength: This site represents the largest, most comprehensive health network of people sharing advice, treatment experiences, and support.
  2. Limeade: Do you want to get in shape? Lose weight? Stop smoking? Try it all here and more in a social and interactive site for the entire business or for your family.
  3. Twit2Fit: Members of this Twitter group support and encourage each other in all facts of health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Wholistic Resources

These resources cover it all, from mental to emotional to physical health problems and solutions:

  1. Everyday Health: In just four years, the Everyday Health network has established itself as a leader in online consumer all-around health information.
  2. Family Doctor: Look for symptoms, find a doctor, cope with a wide variety of conditions – one which may affect the other. Deep resource for mental, emotional and physical health.
  3. HealthWorld: “Health is a consummation of a love affair of all the organs of the body.” Plato had it right, and this site can help you get there through information about total health management.
  4. Helpguide: Helpguide’s mission is to empower individuals with the knowledge to understand, prevent, and resolve a wide range of health challenges.
  5. Human Resources: Susan M. Heathfield brings a comprehensive guide to users that deals with emotional, physical, mental and cognitive issues in the workplace.
  6. Mayo Clinic: Launched in 1995 and now visited by millions of people a month, this trusted award-winning consumer Web site offers health information and self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health.
  7. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine : NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products.
  8. Revolution Health : This is a free, comprehensive health and medical information site that covers every topic imaginable.
  9. Trusted MD: This network is dedicated to providing online information services for the benefit of healthcare consumers and professionals, and many posts are work-related.
  10. WebMD: WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing health, and support to those who seek information. Look for information and tools to cope with physical, emotional and mental health issues.

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