General Health Websites

The websites below provide additional information and resources about health topics you may be interested in.

General Health

Websites that provide information about general health, medical conditions, diseases, and research.

BC Centre for Disease Control
An agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health, through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention, and consultation services.

HealthLinkBC Files
A series of easy-to-understand fact sheets on over 200 health and safety topics. Nutrition topics include childhood nutrition, heart healthy eating, iron and your health, and more.

HealthLinkBC
HealthLink BC helps you learn about health topics, check your symptoms and find the health services and resources that you need for healthy living. Dial 8-1-1 to consult with a nurse, pharmacist, or dietitian or visit HealthLinkBC.ca to help you find the health services you need, closest to where you live. The HealthLink BC website has medically-approved information on over 4,000 health topics and over 2,500 health services in a searchable database, along with reliable information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs from a medication library.

Health Canada
The Federal department that is responsible for supporting Canadians in improving and maintaining their health. This website offers information on a wide range of health-related topics including Consumer Product Safety, Diseases and Conditions, Emergencies and Disasters, Food and Nutrition, and more.

Healthy Families BC
The Healthy Families BC website encourages families to work together to create healthier lives, schools, communities, and workplaces for all British Columbians. The website provides practical tips on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices.

Healthy Heart Program
This program is run by the Heart Centre at St. Paul's Hospital & the University of British Columbia. The website provides good heart health information on nutrition, exercise and risk factors, and contains an archive of past Healthy Heart Newsletters.

Save-On-Foods - Nutrition Tours
Nutrition tours, guided by a Registered Dietitian, are offered by Save-On-Foods to help you achieve your nutrition goals for a healthy lifestyle or special dietary need. This link will provide you with further information about the tours.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
The primary Federal public health agency that is responsible for managing and supporting health activities within the United States. This website offers information on various health and safety related topics.

MayoClinic.org (US)
A non-profit medical practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating all types of complex illnesses. Provides links to the Mayo Clinic’s three main websites including information on Medical Services available, health information, Education and Research.

MedlinePlus (US)
A service provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. This website offers consumer health information on numerous diseases and conditions, a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, and information on drugs and supplements.

National Institutes of Health (US)
The primary Federal public health agency that is responsible for managing and supporting medical research within the United States. The National Institutes of Health is composed of 27 institutes and centers. This website provides information about health topics, clinical trials, research, and grant and funding opportunities.

PubMed (US)
A service provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Allows you to search several databases for citations and some full text articles.

Canadian and BC Health Lines/Websites

Health information telephone lines and websites available within British Columbia and Canada.

Allergy/Asthma Association
250-764-7507
1-877-500-2242

The Arthritis Society Answers Line
604-875-5051
1-800-321-1433 (toll-free)

The Arthritis Society
Provides information and support for individuals with arthritis.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
604-875-2084
1-800-665-1822

Kelty Eating Disorders
Provides information on the different types of eating disorders.
Crisis line: 310-6789

Canadian Cancer Society - Cancer Information Service
1-866-939-3333

Canadian Celiac Association
604-736-2229
1-800-363-7296

Canadian Diabetes Association
604-732-1331
1-800-665-6526

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
604-666-6513
1-800-442-2342

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research (CSIR)
604-875-4875
1-866-600-4875

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
604-794-7656
1-800-513-8202

B.C. Government
250-387-6121 - Victoria
604 660-2421 - Vancouver
1-800-663-7867

Food Safety Network
1-866-503-7638
9-5pm EST (6am to 2pm PST)

Heart & Stroke Foundation
604-736-4404
1-888-473-4636

Kidney Foundation of Canada
British Columbia Branch
604-736-9775 
1-800-567-8112

Osteoporosis Information Line
1-800-463-6842

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Information about complementary and alternative medicine, including dietary supplements and natural health products.

Health Canada - Natural Health Products Compendium of Monographs 
Provides consumer product information for numerous single ingredient health products (ie. garlic, milk thistle). Includes the following topics: route of administration, use, dose, warnings, contraindications, and adverse effects.

Integrative Medicine Program (US)
This web site is provided by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It is offered to help patients and physicians decide on how to integrate complementary medicine, where appropriate, into care. Includes information on complementary and integrative therapies for both cancer patients and health professionals.

Medline Plus - Dietary Supplements (US)
A service provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes links to general information about dietary supplements, US labeling regulations, and methods used for the evaluation of health benefits and safety of dietary supplements.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) (US) (formerly National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine or NCCAM)
NCCIH is the Federal (US) Government’s agency for scientific research on promising complementary and integrative health approaches that already are in use by the American public. This website includes health information for consumers and healthcare professionals, resources about complementary, alternative and integrative health and research and clinical trial resources.

National Cancer Institute - Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) (US)
The National Cancer Institute is a component of the National Institutes of Health. This section of the website provides answers to questions about CAM in Cancer Treatment.

National Institute of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements (US)
This website provides answers to a variety of frequently asked questions about dietary supplements including: use and safety, purchasing supplements, and regulatory information (US). Dietary supplements include vitamin and mineral supplements, herbals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes.

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