Guidelines for Choosing Wellness Resources

From the internet to applications to books, there are numerous resources available on various wellness topics. Learning more about and improving your own wellness can be fun and exciting. Below are a few tips for choosing well-thought out and evidence-based resources on wellness:

  1. Determine what aspect of wellness you are searching for. Aim to learn about various types of wellness, as listed here.
  2. Check publication dates. Resources published within the past five years are more desirable than older resources, with the exception of benchmark studies.
  3. Are they evidence-based? Check the resource listings for peer-reviewed and evidence-based journal articles or other legitimate references, such as the CDC, USDA, and SAMHSA.
  4. Are they a “good read”? If the resources have credibility but do not keep you engaged, explore other resources.
  5. Be alert for red flags. The following may indicate that the resource/product is not evidence-based or a legitimate source on wellness:
    a. Focuses on a “fad”; extreme or unrealistic in claims and suggested practice (i.e., a diet that has one particular food as a staple).
    b. Endorses/promotes a particular product.
    c. Provides advice that is unsubstantiated and/or conflicts with evidence-based practice. Uses stereotypes, is potentially offensive to certain groups, or promotes a specific belief or belief system.

Remember that improving your wellness should be an enjoyable journey, with achievable goals and positive results along the way!

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