Insurance · 15 March 2016

Five of the best health websites for improving employee wellbeing

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Self-education about good health via websites can boost employee productivity
Encourage your staff to surf themselves to better health with a roundup of the five best health and wellbeing websites.

With 79 per cent of UK adults turning to the internet for health advice, getting your employees to self-educate about good health through online tools is a great way to help them engage with their own wellbeing and can help them take control of their long-term health.

However, there’s lots of conflicting advice out there, which can leave many people confused and anxious. Here, we round up five of the best online health resources, and explain how to sort the fact from the fiction.

(1)?NHS Choices

The online arm of the NHS offers a wealth of objective and trustworthy information, with guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare. There is an encyclopaedic archive of conditions and treatments that is easy to navigate, with anatomical drawings that break down gender, symptoms and specific body parts. The excellent healthy living section Live Well? covers everything from nutrition and the effects of passive smoking to advice on good posture.

(2)?Patient?

The sheer depth of its health information and clinical knowledge summaries makes Patient a crucial first step for people looking to improve their health knowledge. Readers can sign up to MyHealth, which provides them with a free health check and creates a personalised 12-week plan. There are forums for people to discuss issues and concerns and links to many support groups and charity websites.

(3)?UKHealthcentre

UK Health Centre was the first comprehensive health and medical online portal. This is an easy site to use and offers a wide range of information on various treatments such as acupuncture and osteopathy, as well as conditions including diabetes and fertility problems. It also offers an invaluable directory of health professionals, including GPs and dentists.

(4)?Mind

The website for mental health charity Mind provides advice and support to those with mental health conditions. The Helping Someone Else? section is a great tool for those who may not be suffering themselves, but want a better understanding of mental health conditions, with insightful guides to conditions including bipolar, loneliness, stress, panic attacks and OCD.

(5)?Bupa Health Information


 
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Hunter Ruthven was previously editor of Business Advice. He was also the editor of Real Business, the UK's most-read website for entrepreneurs and business leaders at the helm of growing SMEs.

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