Finding Credible Health Information
Your How-to Guide
There is denying that you can learn a lot of things on social media and the internet. Think of all the advertisements and sponsorships for health products that you see on a daily basis. Although every once in a while, you may find an advertisement for something that may actually be helpful when it comes to taking care of your overall health and wellbeing (like a new pair of running shoes, or a book to help you manage stress). But there is also a lot of stuff that can actually be damaging to your health and your wallet.
With all of the mixed information everywhere that is constantly bombarding us, it is important that we take matters into our own hands by making sure that we are getting our health information from credible sources. So today, I am going to share some tips and tricks to finding credible health information:
Be wise with the internet searches: Think of how easy it is to search random health ailments online. At the tip of your fingers you have access to millions of websites and articles. Make sure you are getting information from sites that don’t really have anything to gain from you reading their articles. These could be from government websites or sites for non-profit medical centers. A few for example would be the CDC, Harvard, or Kaiser Health News.
Think local: Your primary care provider is not just there for your annual physical. They are also a great resource for lots of information. If you have questions about something that may not be their area of expertise, they can refer you to other providers or even local resources and programs.
Use campus resources: If you are living on campus and not very close to home, make sure you check out all of the health resources on campus like Health & Wellness and PACS. Both services offer lots of resources and programs at no cost that can teach you about all kinds of health-related topics.
In the 21st century, there are all kinds of ways to get health information in a matter of seconds. So it is incredibly important to be skeptical. Whenever you are in need of health information, think of this blog and use it as a starting point. Then get out there and be a wise consumer.
How to Access Health Info Over Internet by Healthy UNH