ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR A DOCTOR’S VISIT? Get your questions ready. Be prepared for your one-on-one with your doctor! Help your doctor take better care of you. A few more simple questions can lead to better care. Here are some examples of what other patients ask their health care providers. (video)
The Web offers a wide variety of free resources that can help you live a healthy lifestyle.
- Mayo Clinic. Information on diseases and conditions, drugs and supplements, treatment decisions, healthy living, a symptom checker and more.
- Health Risk Tests. Take these short, online assessments to find out if you are at risk for certain diseases or conditions – and find out what you can do to prevent future problems.
Healthfinder.gov. This site, from the Department Health & Human Services, offers information and tools to help you stay healthy. Healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations. Also offers contact information for each of those organizations, so if you need more detail about a topic, you may want to make this site your first stop.
- UMS Benefits Page. Turn to UMS for information about your health benefits so you can use these plans to your best advantage.
- Women’s Health Resource Center. Detailed information about pregnancy, menopause, cancers, osteoporosis and more.
- National Women’s Health Info Center. Includes information about healthy pregnancy, violence against women, body image, calculators and when to get immunizations and screenings. Includes information in Spanish.
- National Institute of Health. Men’s Health – What every man needs to know about their prostate gland.
- Prostate. This tool from Mayo Clinic can help determine the severity of urinary symptoms if you’ve already been diagnosed with enlarged prostate.
- Men’s Health. News and articles from InteliHealth and Harvard Medical School about men’s top health risks and other areas of concern.
- Healthy Men. Timely issues on men’s health from WebMD, including videos and message boards on men’s health topics.
- CDC, Men’s Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on men’s health including the latest research and wellness recommendations. Information also is available in Spanish.
- MedlinePlus, Men’s Health. MedlinePlus offers men health information by symptoms, prevention screening recommendations, research, and a section just for teens. Be sure to check out the “cool tools.” Information also is available in Spanish.
- The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability. The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.
- First Candle. Current information on infant health and safety, especially SIDS and stillbirth. Features resources for families grieving the loss of a baby. Includes information in Spanish.
- Kids Health. Information and resources from the Nemours Foundation for parents. Also offers special portals just for teens and children. Nemours, established in 1936 by philanthropist Alfred I. duPont, is dedicated to improving the health and spirit of children. Includes information in Spanish.
- Eat Smart. Play Hard. Healthy Lifestyle. Information from the USDA to help parents eat better, move more and be better role models for your kids. Packed with recipes and menus to help you make better choices on a daily basis.
- SmallStep. Fun site for kids from HealthierUS.gov, a federal program designed to help kids make better nutrition choices. Kids can play games, take the SmallStep Challenge and discover cool things food can do for them.
- Winter Kids. This nonprofit organization helps children develop lifelong habits of health, education and physical fitness through outdoor, winter activities. The Winter Kids Passport offers all Maine 5th, 6th and 7th graders and their families an entire season of free or discounted winter recreation opportunities including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating, along with free or discounted lessons and rentals.
- Hope Street Kids. An initiative of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Hope Street Kids works to lead the fight against childhood cancers. The site provides a parent’s guide and other resources that can help you chose the right medical center and doctor if you child is diagnosed with cancer.
- Learn CPR. Learn CPR is a free public service supported by the University of Washington School of Medicine. Learn the basics of CPR — cardiopulmonary resuscitation — for infants, children and adults. Updated with new CPR Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and published in Circulation, March 31, 2008.
- Children’s Hospital Boston. For more information about child strangulation, airway obstruction and choking hazards, visit this section of the Children’s Hospital Boston site. You can watch a video about how to keep up-to-date with toy recalls, toy hazards, and what to look for when toy shopping.
- Safe Kids USA. Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. The non-profit offers safety tips, product recall notifications and activities for kids on its site. You also can sign up for a free eNewsletter and eAlerts.