Wellness Pathway #270 Wellness Resources

Different people learn in different ways. Some make more use of the left side of the brain, for example, which is responsible for sequential reasoning, analysis, and words. Others make more use of the right side of the brain, which is responsible for holistic reasoning, pattern recognition, interpreted emotions, and nonverbal expressions. That may play in to why some people enjoy getting information more from the Internet while others like to hold paper in their hands.

18 months ago I wrote a Wellness Pathway, titled Healthy Websites, that reviewed and featured three of my favorite Internet resources for health, nutrition, and exercise. For those of you who like to hold paper in your hands, here are some of the newsletters and periodicals that I have subscribed to at different points in time:

— Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing. Like his Website, this newsletter tries to balance traditional and alternative medicine. It usually includes articles on medical conditions, featuring a wide range of traditional and alternative interventions, as well as articles on nutrition, exercise, and stress. To subscribe visit www.drweilselfhealing.com.

— Nutrition Action Health Newsletter. This newsletter, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, includes a hard-hitting look at the food industry in every issue. If you want to know what to buy and what to avoid, this is a great resource. Its feature articles on health are right on target. To subscribe visit www.cspinet.org.

— Consumer Reports On Health. From the people who bring you consumer reports on just about everything, the On Health newsletter takes a broader look at industry trends than the Nutrition Action Health Newsletter. It focuses on nutrition as well as exercise, medical procedures, supplements, and stress. To subscribe visit www.consumerreportsonhealth.org.

— University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter. I find this newsletter, which describes itself as “the newsletter of nutrition, fitness, and self-care,” to be overly cautious in its recommendations regarding supplements, alternative medicine, and consumer protection. That said, I have learned things from their traditional approach, even when I disagree. To subscribe visit www.wellnessletter.com.

— Harvard Health Letter. I have recently switched from the west coast to the east coast, by signing up for the Harvard Health Letter. The focus here is on the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues. To subscribe visit www.health.harvard.edu/subinfo.

— Bottom Line Health. If you enjoy Reader’s Digest, then this is the newsletter for you. It covers the gambit as to content by summarizing articles or interviewing experts in virtually every health-related area of interest. This one borders on the sensational, but it can be a good read. To subscribe visit www.bottomlinesecrets.com/healthy.

— Peak Running Performance. Most running publications, such as Runner’s World, include many excellent articles on health and fitness. Peak Running Performance features in-depth, research-based articles that are written in non-technical terms. Anyone interested in fitness will benefit from these articles. To subscribe visit www.peakrunningperformance.com.

Most of these publications have Websites with subscriber-only sections. So if you pay for the print version, you end up with access to an extensive archive of on-line articles and other resources (such as supplement information, recipes, and fitness programs). That’s a great value-add for many subscribers.

Subscribing to and reading publications such as these is a great way to stay both inspired and informed as to the things that make for health and wellness. Let me know if you subscribe to other ones that you especially enjoy! 

Coaching Inquiries: What do you read on a regular basis to continue your learning in the area of health and wellness? How can you become more inspired and informed? Are there people with whom you can have regular conversations as to the pros and cons of various health and wellness strategies? How can you become connected with a health community?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
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