We live in an age now with so much access to information. It’s pretty amazing but also comes with some cautions.
It seems nearly impossible to avoid misinformation or people attempting to sell things to you who might not have your best interest at heart. With that in mind, we thought we’d introduce to you all a new segment we’ll be doing on Fridays called- Educational Friday. We’re dedicating a day to share with you all some tips and tricks to keep in mind when surfing the web for information about your health and nutrition.
Today will start off with three tips!
- Consider the source! Are you getting your info from a credible site? Usually the web address can help you make that decision. If it’s a .com, that might mean it’s funded by a company and they might be selling or promoting a product. It the site is a .gov, .edu, or .org then that usually means you can trust the information is coming from a reputable source
- Check the date! Health information is always changing, so it’s usually best to find information that’s the most up to date as possible
- Know the sites purpose! It might take you a little longer, but it doesn’t hurt to check out the “About” page of the website you’re on. Learning a little more about the website can help you understand if they’re trying to sell you a product or if their purpose is to inform.
Check back here on Fridays for more tips on how to ensure you’re getting the right information online.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.