Wellness Counseling Certification Program

Student Resources

This page is intended to provide resources that will support your learning. Please make sure you do assigned readings and activities in preparation for class.

Articles & Links on Wellness Related Topics


National Institute on Aging
This online web resource offers information about healthy aging and cognitive health, physical activity guidelines for older adults, financial planning resources and much more.

Allergy and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma Network
Resources for allergy and asthma information

Blood Pressure

American Heart Association

Blood Pressure information and resources

Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with DASH Eating Plan
From the US Department of Health and Human Services

Breast Cancer                                                       

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society provides information about breast cancer and various resources. Here you will find current treatment options, up-to-date research, and support.

ACS: Breast Awareness and Self-Exam

ACS: Mammograms

ACS: Reach to Recovery 

Breast Cancer Forum

The Breast Cancer Forum is an online forum to discuss any issue related to breast cancer. Find out how to join the list by visiting the website. On-line support is available 24-hours a day.  

Breast Cancer.org

This site will provide information on symptoms of breast cancer, the diagnosis process, treatment options, day to day living with breast cancer, and ways in which to lower your risk of getting breast cancer.  

Cancer Care

Cancer Care provides free professional support for anyone affected by cancer. Services include counseling, support groups, educational workshops, and recent publications. 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

This site provides extensive information on a wide range of breast cancer treatment plans. 

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic provides a simple overview of the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options for breast cancer. This site also helps you prepare for your appointment if you are going to the doctor for a preventative screening or exam. 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This organization is designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and its early detection. Educational materials and resources are available at minimal to no cost. 

National Breast Cancer Foundation

This organization provides information for those who have been recently diagnosed, education on early detection, and support to those who feel alone in this battle. 

National Cancer Institute

Learn more at this site about breast cancer statistics, treatment options, clinical trials, and the latest on cancer research and literature.  

PubMed Health

Breast Cancer information including an overview of what it is, causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms to look for, detection, various forms of treatment, support groups that are available, what to expect and prevention tips. 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

This site will help you better understand what breast cancer is, how you can get involved in support groups and other causes, as well as how to partner with or sponsor others who are living with breast cancer. 



The Pink Ribbon Place

The Pink Ribbon Place, located in Riverside, has been created to promote healthy behaviors through education, to provide support to all women going through breast cancer, and to expand access to diagnostic services for breast cancer.  


WebMD - Breast Cancer Health Center provides practical information on the symptoms, screening process, and treatment of breast cancer. It also provides the latest news headlines and research articles on various breast cancer topics.  

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

Y-ME was founded by two breast cancer patients in 1978 who saw the need for breast cancer information and support from those going through breast cancer to be available. The support hotline (1-800-221-2141) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to connect you to a trained peer counselor who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Cancer Prevention

American Cancer Society
Cancer information including cancer facts, prevention and detection, tobacco cessation guide, food and fitness information and information on getting involved in the fight against cancer.

American Institute for Cancer Research
Information and recommendations for cancer prevention through diet and nutrition.

National Cancer Institute
Fact Sheet and publications about nutrition and cancer prevention.

Children's Health

Kid's Health
Information for parents, teens, and children

MyPyramid for Kids
Materials designed specifically for children aged 6 to 11

The Amazing Food Detective
Interactive nutrition session sponsored by Kaiser Permanente



American Heart Association
Lowering your cholesterol can decrease your risk of a heart attack. Included on this website are dietary recommendations and heart-healthy recipes.


American Diabetes Association
Information on diabetes control, prevention and research. Includes tips, recipes, exercise and nutrition information.

National Diabetes Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse provides information about Diabetes to health professionals, patients, and the public. This is a great online resource for educational materials on one of America’s most prevalent chronic diseases.

The Healthy Diabetes Plate

An excellent interactive tool for planning balanced meals for diabetics.

Government Health Sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Promotion
Covers a range of consumer health education and worksite wellness resources

Healthier US.Gov
The HealthierUS initiative is a nation-wide effort to improve quality of life, prevent and reduce the costs of disease, and promote health and wellness. Learn how to: Make physical activity a part of your day, eat more healthy foods, and protect yourself and your family from illness.

National Institutes of Health
Health information, news, and research

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The newest edition of Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a joint publication of the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture.



National Headache Foundation
Information, education, and research on headaches.

Heart Disease and Stroke

Active.com - Matters of the Heart
Learn how to keep your heart beating healthy and strong with these tips and guidelines for fitness and nutrition.

American Heart Association
Health education information, helpful facts/tips, recipes, shopping & eating out tips for a healthy heart.

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Create your blood pressure and healthy weight action plan.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Education Resources
Provides health assessment tools, recipes and health information by major chronic diseases

National Stroke Association
Comprehensive information about strokes, including the most common signs and symptoms of having a stroke, treatment, rehabilitation and recovering, prevention, and caring for family members who have suffered from stroke. Also includes links to professional resources, clinical trial information, and other prevention programs.

UC Irvine Heart Disease Prevention Program at the UCI College of Medicine strives for excellence in scholarly research, community education, and clinical care aimed at the prevention, early detection, and reversal of coronary heart disease in children, adults, and the elderly

General Health

Mayo Clinic
Great resource for a variety of health conditions, symptom checker, and drug information

Californians for Patient Care
Database of local, statewide and federal services and resources for the uninsured and underinsured including: Free or low cost healthcare services and programs,Community clinics (not-for-profit), Senior and Veterans programs, Maternal/Child health services, Prescription assistance, Homeless resources, and more!

Make your life an adventure - tips, recipes, message boards for healthy lifestyle

Information on various health conditions

Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
Resource for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders

Burn Out Self-Test
This tool can help you check yourself for burnout. It helps you look at the way you feel about your job and your experiences at work, so that you can get a feel for whether you might be at risk of burnout

Tools to improve happiness and resilience

The Healthy Mind Platter: Seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being. The Healthy Mind Platter was created by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute and Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine in collaboration with Dr. David Rock, Executive Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute.

Live Your Life Well
The non-profit Mental Health America has been working for 100 years to promote well-being for all Americans. Now we have put together the 10 Tools to Live Your Life Well. Based on extensive scientific evidence, these tools can help you relax, grow and flourish. They can help you Live Your Life Well.

National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

National Mental Health Association
Current news, upcoming events and links to publications and resources for mental health

Psychology Today
Resources, tests, articles for your emotional well-being

Screening for Mental Health
SMH programs now include both in-person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention.


American Dietetic Association
Nutrition Fact sheets, recipes, daily nutrition tips, books and resources, and Registered Dietician locator

Calorie Control Council
This site is useful in finding calories and fat in foods by entering the food into the calories calculator. There is also an activity calculator and BMI calculator

Cooking Light
Recipes, menu-planning ideas, healthy cooking suggestions.

Farmer's Market - Kaiser locations
Locations to various Farmer's Markets at Kaiser locations throughout Southern California. Open to the public!

Farmer's Market - Downtown Riverside
Fresh fruits, vegetables, baked breads, and farm fresh eggs and potatoes.

Fruit Guys

Have fruit delivered to the office!

Fruits & Veggies Matter
Find easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns.

Local Harvest

Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies that are locally grown.

Mayo Clinic Food and Nutrition Center
The Food & Nutrition Center features the latest in nutrition research and comprehensive articles on eating well.

Meals Matter
This is a free online tool to help you achieve good health and balanced nutrition, sponsored by the Dairy Council of California. You can find recipes, exchange meal planning ideas with other professionals, and more.

Contains the latest news, background information, and resources about the food guidance system

US Department of Health and the US Department of Agriculture
Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Information on various topics, such as transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle, vegan nutrition, and vegetarian children and links to several other recommended sites about vegetarianism.

World's Healthiest Food List

Food Lists, Recipes, Prep Tips, Resources and more!


National Osteoporosis Foundation
The National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in order to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures.


Physical Activity

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines from the CDC
New guidelines for physical activity for optimal health benefits

ACSM New Guidelines on Quantity and Quality of Exercise - June 2011

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has just released new recommendations on the quantity and quality of exercise for adults which reflects current scientific evidence on physical activity and includes recommendations on aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility.

Active Network
Information on various fitness events and promotions. Weekly newsletter from Active.com, the world's most comprehensive portal for athletes of all levels. Each issue highlights active insider exclusives-articles and feature stories, as well as great offers from sponsors.

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
Offers health information, certifications and workshops.

American College of Sports Medicine
Health education, certification and research information

American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Includes ACE Fit Facts, recipes, exercise library, certification information and continuing education.

City of Riverside Activity Guide
Information from the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department

When you sit throughout the day, tension can build up; muscles become tight and joints stiff. It's a good idea to stretch periodically, and take a break every couple of hours to "desk"ercise.

Fitness United with Nutrition

Personal Training, Fitness, Weight Management, Yoga, Nutrition Counseling, and workshops and seminars located on the UCR campus.

Play It Again Sports
Resource for purchasing new and used fitness equipment.

Power Systems
Resource for purchasing fitness equipment

Runners' World
Information on training for a race, race locations, gear, injury prevention, nutrition and weight loss and motivation.

SPRI products
Fitness products such as resistance bands, stability balls, mats, dumbbells, educational resources, and sports conditioning products. 20% for all UCR employees.


Healthy Pregnancy
Resources and Pregnancy related information from Kaiser. Available in English and Spanish

March of Dimes
Information and answers about pregnancy, your baby, folic acid, prematurity, genetic disorders, birth defects and much more.

Senior Health

AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older.

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

Seniordrivers.org is a website portal for senior drivers, their families, researchers, and alternative transportation providers.

Skin Cancer

American Academy of Dermatology: Be Sun Smart
You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer

American Cancer Society: Sun Safety 101
Tips to Help Minimize Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Foundation: Skin Cancer: Prevention Guidelines
A list of skin cancer prevention tips

Skin Cancer Foundation: Self Examination
A guide to finding and recognizing potential skin cancer

WebMD:Understanding Skin Cancer - Diagnosis and Treatment
A guide to treatment and care

Sleep Health

American Psychological Association

Tips, articles, news, and resources for Sleep

Healthy Sleep from Harvard

Healthy Sleep information from Harvard Medical School

Sleep Centers

Resource to located accredited sleep centers

Sleep Disorders - MedLine Plus

Comprehensive overview of sleep disorders, tools, research, and news

Sleep for Kids

Teaching Kids the importance of sleep

Sleep Foundation
Information and resources about sleep

National Center on Sleep Disorder Research

Information and resources about sleep

UCLA Center for Sleep Research

Sleep research, videos, and publications

WebMD Sleep Health Center
Learn more about sleep disorders and issues


Stress Management

Active.com Mind and Body: Stress-Relief Solutions
It's easy to get stressed out with the hustle and bustle of life. Learn to relax and stay stress-free all year long with these articles and tips.

The American Institute of Stress
Clearinghouse for stress-related information, publications and services.

Center for Disease Control: Stress at Work
This publication highlights knowledge about the causes of stress at work and outlines steps that can be taken to prevent job stress

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
(310) 206-7503
Our mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.

Tobacco Cessation

American Cancer Society
ACS provides a Quit Smoking Guide, Resources, and information on the Great American Smokeout.

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association offers resources to help smokers figure out their reasons for quitting and then take the big step of quitting for good.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Tobacco Information and Prevention
A list of resources to help you learn about the health consequences of smoking, secondhand smoke, and smokeless tobacco use plus suggestions to help you quit smoking.

Committed Quitters
Individualized stop-smoking plans along with quit aids

Kaiser - How much is smoking costing you? This interactive tool calculates how much money you have spent on cigarettes in the past or how much you will spend on them in the future.

SmokeFree.gov program provides a Quit Guide to help you prepare to quit and support you in the days and weeks after you quit.

QuitNet is a free on-line, interactive program that combines proven scientific methods with web technology to customize a smoking cessation program for you. It profivides to the tools to help you quit, ex-smoker to smoker support, emails and resources.

Quiz: Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?
Interactive tool measures your readiness to quit smoking. Based on your answers, this tool will identify the stage of readiness you are in and help you think about what to do next to move you towards quitting for good.

Quiz: Do You Need Help to Quit?
Take this Stop Smoking Quiz from the American Cancer Society. 


Vegetarian Nutrition

Information on vegetarian nutrition from the American Dietetic Association.

Vegetarian Resource Group
A comprehensive website for vegetarians and vegans with lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes, resource lists, tips for traveling and eating vegetarian, and nutrition information.

Weight Management

Aim for a Healthy Weight
These guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute present a new approach for the assessment of overweight and obesity and a set of steps for safe and effective weight loss.

CDC - Healthy Weight
Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.

The Daily Burn
Diet and Fitness tracking website

Web MD - Healthy Eating and Diet Center
Health and Diet Guide, diet plans, weight loss trends, Mens and Womens specific health sites, vitamins, cooking, exercise and more.

Weight Loss and Nutrition Myths
Tips provided by the Dept. of Health and the National Institute of Health

Weight Management Resources and Information
Manage your weight with information on nutrition, physical activity and weight management along with wellness discounts and resources from the UCR health plans.

Welcoa: Which Diets are the Best?
Information on a number of credible and healthy ways to lose weight.

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