Access Wellness Resources
Whether you’re looking to maintain or improve your health, a large number of web sites, apps, and devices exist to help you track and manage your health and wellness. On your own, you can use such resources to better understand your health and meet your personal health goals. But you may also be able to use the information you collect to help your doctor better understand your concerns and conditions.
The list below contains just a fraction of the resources available today. The Department of Health and Human Services or the U.S. Government does not endorse any product, service or general policies of any non-Federal entity nor is responsible for the content of any individual organization’s material or web pages found at these links.
Below, learn more about:
|Personal Activity/Fitness Trackers
These devices capture basic information about your personal activities, calorie burning, and fitness levels. In most cases, they work with other categories of tools to help you track and manage information over time.
|Fitbit Ultra||Pedometer-style smart activity tracker that monitors and stores information about activity and sleep. Data from Fitbit can integrate with its own web site (free and paid versions), several third-party sites, and smart phone apps. Includes communities and information sharing functions.|
|Nike+ Fuelbrand||Wearable activity tracker that integrates with its own web site and smart phone apps. Includes communities and information sharing functions.|
|Jawbone UP||Wearable activity and sleep tracker that integrates with its own web site and smart phone app. Includes communities and information sharing functions.|
|BodyMediaFIT||Wearable activity and sleep tracker that includes additional sensors for improved calorie burn-rate accuracy. Integrates with own subscription-based web site and smart phone apps.|
|Motorola MOTOACTV||Wearable activity monitor incorporating heart rate monitoring and GPS functions. Integrates with its own free web site.|
|BodyBuggSP||Wearable calorie monitor that integrates with its own subscription-based web site and smart phone apps.|
Unlike regular scales, smart scales share information about your weight and body composition to devices and sites that help you manage your fitness goals.
|Withings WiFi Body Scale||WiFi connected scale that automatically uploads information to its own web site and some third-party sites. Integrates with smart phone apps.|
|Fitbit Aria||WiFi connected scale that automatically uploads information to its own web site (free and paid options) and some third-party sites. Works with smart phone apps and with other FitBit products.|
|iHealth Digital Scale||Bluetooth connected scale that integrates with smart phone and tablet apps.|
|Multi-Measure Wellness Tracking Tools
Rather than focusing on a single area, these tools enable you to track information about multiple aspects of your health, typically including weight, blood pressure, heart rate, glucose level, respiratory function, medication, and more.
|TheCarrot.com||Free tracking for multiple categories of health and wellness information. Connects to smart phone apps and some third-party web sites. Incudes some personal health record features.|
|HealthyCloud||A suite of apps for tracking personal wellness information. Some health insurers offer access to HealthyCloud tools to their policyholders.|
|PinkPad||Multi-platform wellness tracker geared towards women’s health. Integrates with community site.|
|Diet, Weight Loss, and Fitness
These wellness-tracking tools specifically track issues related to diet, weight management, and overall fitness level.
|LoseIt||Free site for diet and fitness tracking. Integrates with multiple devices and third-party sites.|
|SparkPeople||Dieting and health living community site that integrates with smart phone and tablet apps.|
|LiveStrong/The Daily Plate||Free site for dieting and fitness tracking. Integrates with smart phone apps.|
|Myfitnesspal||Free site for dieting and fitness tracking. Integrates with some devices and smart phone apps.|
|Fitness Buddy||App-only workout and fitness tracker, including instructional content.|
|General Health and Wellness Information|
|General Health Information
These sites offer a wide variety of general resources for health and wellness information. For condition-specific information, see the Health Conditions page.
|AHRQ Patients and Families page||General health and healthcare safety information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.|
|WebMD||Comprehensive general health information site.|
|CDC Family Health||General family health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.|
|CDC Health Tips Text Messages||Text based health and wellness tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.|
|Kids Health||Information for parents about health and wellness for children.|
|National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal||Compiled drug information from the National Library of Medicine.|
|Women’s Health Government Hub||Federal government site compiling resources related to women’s health and wellness.|
|HealthyWomen.org||Free site covering women’s health issues.|
|Sharecare||Free site providing general health information and forums for interacting with health experts.|
Last updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013