The Association for Better Health

YOUR ACCESS TO RESOURCES

The world is full of useful (and not so useful) information.  Below you will find helpful techniques, toolkits, calculators, and articles. We've also compiled a list of links we think you will find helpful in your pursuit of overall health.

RESOURCES

noun

: source(s) of supply or support

 

Mental and Emotional Health

THE MINDFULNESS TOOLKIT

The Mindfulness Toolkit was designed to introduce you to the concept of mindfulness, share the most current information regarding its benefits and applications and provide you with practical tools for beginning to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.  

THE WELLBEING PLACE

WellBeing Place provides you with a wide array of tips, tools, and resources to improve your overall health and well-being.

1 IN 4

The ‘1in4’ campaign focuses on normalizing the need for mental health resources and removing the stigma for those who want to access care. Review a variety of helpful videos, links to resources, social media connections, and tip sheets.

 
 
 

Physical Health

BMI

WEIGHT STATUS

Below 18.5

Underweight

18.5 – 24.9

Healthy Weight

25.0 – 29.9

Overweight

30 & Above

Obese

Financial Health

GENERAL MONEY TOPICS

One of the keys to a sound financial strategy is spending less than you take in, and then finding a way to put your excess to work. A money management approach involves creating budgets to understand and make decisions about where your money is going. It also involves knowing where you may be able to put your excess cash to work.

RETIREMENT

Where will your retirement money come from? If you’re like most people, qualified-retirement plans, Social Security, and personal savings and investments are expected to play a role. Once you have estimated the amount of money you may need for retirement, a sound approach involves taking a close look at your potential retirement-income sources.

TAX MATTERS

Understanding tax strategies and managing your tax bill should be part of any sound financial approach. Some taxes can be deferred, and others can be managed through tax-efficient investing. With careful and consistent preparation, you may be able to manage the impact of taxes on your financial efforts.

LIFESTYLE DECISIONS

Creating a life map involves a close review of personal finances and an assessment of other building blocks. Lifestyle matters look at how to balance work and leisure, how to make smart choices for the future, and many other items in an effort to help an individual “enjoy the journey.”

INVESTMENT EDUCATION

Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that snare some investors.

ESTATE MANAGEMENT

Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so.

 

Additional Resource Links

The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan


The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan is based on a vision: One day, all Americans will be physically active, and they will live, work and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity. SITE




Trust for America’s Health


Trust for America’s Health promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. SITE




Active Life Movement


Ways to live a healthy lifestyle. SITE




Health.Gov Physical Activity Guidelines


Physical activity is key to improving the health of the Nation. Based on the latest science, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is an essential resource for health professionals and policy makers that provides recommendations on how everyone can improve their health through regular physical activity. Learn ways to help people understand the benefits of physical activity and how to make it a part of their regular routine. SITE




Health.Gov Dietary Guidelines


Food and nutrition play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Every 5 years, HHS and USDA publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice. The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science, helps health professionals and policymakers guide Americans to make healthy food and beverage choices, and serves as the science-based foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States. SITE




Safe Routes - National Center for Safe Routes to School


We at the National Center for Safe Routes to School (National Center) believe in the importance and joy of safe walking and biking. We provide ways for communities to get started and offer the best information available to make the future they envision a reality. SITE




HOP Sports


To promote active, healthy, sustainable lifestyles and behaviors in the home, school and workplace. SITE




USDA


We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands. SITE




U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)


It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. SITE




Healthy-America


Health and Wellness Blog, articles, information, etc. SITE




Alzheimers.gov


The Federal Government portal to information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias care, research, and support. SITE




Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)


The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) is a program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and is funded by two parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NCATS and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). GARD provides the public with access to current, reliable, and easy-to-understand information about rare or genetic diseases in English or Spanish. SITE




MentalHealth.gov


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. SITE




Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SITE




Smokefree.gov


Smokefree.gov is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.
Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking cigarettes. The information and professional assistance available on this website can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a non-smoker. SITE




The Mesothelioma Center


Mesothelioma is an aggressive, malignant cancer caused when inhaled asbestos fibers lodge in the lining of the lungs (pleural), abdomen (peritoneal) or heart (pericardial). The American Cancer Society records about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year in the U.S. SITE





 

The Association for Better Health was formed with the realization that overall health is about more than just your physical condition.  Physical health is a major aspect of the education and formation of our association, however, offering access to mental health betterment, as well as financial health betterment (which plays a crucial role in mental health), produces a community of individuals that have access to the information and tools to truly better their overall health.

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