Saturday, January 5, 2008

Healthy 2.0 Winners

Alright, this is a little bit later than I anticipated, but nevertheless, here's the second continuation of SEOmoz's web 2.0 award winners that I thought were interesting. If you made a New Year's resolution to work out (and are still planning on sticking to it), or if you are just interested in health and fitness in general, you might find these interesting as well.

Peer Trainer is a site designed to be an online community of people dedicated to reaching their fitness goals. It won top prize on SEOmoz, it's free, offers a place for you to log your activities, a calorie counter, blogs, and a ton of different groups that you can join based on your goals. The idea behind it is to get you connected with others who are going through the same things you are, and then hold you accountable through your online team to see your goals through to the end. If you're the type of person that doesn't want to join or pay for a face-to-face group to express your concerns with fitness, or if you just want the ease of keeping track of your accomplishments online, then this is a great idea for you. I haven't joined it so I really don't know the inner-workings once you join a group, but I can only imagine that it would be extremely helpful to just log on and have support at your fingertips.

Ticker Factory is a little something I ran across that I thought could be used in accordance with a site like Peer Trainer. If you scroll down on the main page, you can click on a number of links that will give you options for creating your own ticker to record your progress of anything - weight loss to fundraising to pregnancy to event countdowns.

Revolution Health was an honorable mention on SEOmoz, and is a site designed to educate the public on health-related issues. How different this is from sites like WebMD, I really don't know. In fact, they may be practically the same with a few differences. Either way, if you're interested in health, or you have specific questions about something and you want to find a quick answer rather than wait in a doctor's office for an hour, these sites are worth a look. Not to say that they replace talking with your doctor about any concerns you may have, but these sites can at least give you background information and prepare you to talk to your physician on a more educated level. Revolution Health offers groups to join so you can find others with your same concerns, and WebMD has boards and blogs where you can post and read other's reactions. All in all, I like sites like these that are dedicated to helping people become educated and healthier beings.

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