Health & Fitness

Health, Medicine, Diseases, Surgery, Fitness & Exercise, Nutrition, Diets.

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Ridgefield Visting Nurse Association  
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Online Resources

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         Contact:   Healthnet - Consumer Health Information
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Explore Healthnet resources online.  Healthnet was established to provide consumer health information to Connecticut residents.  The Health Center Library is open to the public for medical research and assistance. You may visit the Library and do your own research or call to have medical information professionals research a medical topic for you and mail you the results.


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Affordable Care Act Information

Alternative medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine


American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Lyme Disease Foundation
Medline Plus
National Cancer Institute
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Skin Cancer Foundation

Doctors and Hospitals

Connecticut Psychotherapists' Guild
CT Physicians Profiles
New York Physicians Profiles
Danbury Hospital
Norwalk Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital

WebMD Physician Directory

Flu Information
Ridgefield Health Department
State of Connecticut Flu Watch
CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance

General Health Reference

Genetics Home Reference
Healthnet: CT Consumer Health Information Network
Household Products Database
Lab Tests Online
Mayo Clinic
Medline Plus
Online Medical Dictionary

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference


Health News

CNN Health
KidsHealth News
MedlinePlus Health News
New York Times - Health


Drug Digest
Drug Information  - Physicans' Desk Reference

Senior Health

Mayo Clinic Healthy Aging
NIH Senior Health
New Choice Health
- Check and compare prices of some procedures in the Danbury area.


Affordable Care Act Information and Resources

New health insurance options under Affordable Care Act began October 1, 2013

Access Health CT - Connecticut's Official Health Insurance Marketplace

  • See benefits for individuals, families and business owners.
  • Questions? Call 855-805-4325 (toll free in CT)  Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Saturday 11am-3pm.

Connecticut Resources

Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate  Assists Connecticut residents in making informed decisions when selecting a health plan. Assists with healthcare coverage.

State of Connecticut Insurance Department  Information for consumers from the CT Insurance Department which monitors the health law. Includes a section on consumer alerts and tips.

National Resources  Learn how the healh care law affects you. This is the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Protect Yourself from Fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace  From

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   Provides Affordable Care Act information by state. Includes Insurance Marketplace, About the Law, Prevention & Wellness, and Facts & Features.


Library Materials

Circulating nonfiction books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks in Adult Services. Print magazines and newspapers are on display in the Friends of the Library Reading Room on the upper level. Audiobooks and nonfiction DVDs are shelved separately.


Medicine and Health – 610-612
Fitness and Exercise - 613.7
Drugs - 615
Diseases - 616
Surgery - 617
Nutrition – 613.2
Diets -- 613.25-613.28


Cooking Light
Men’s Health
Muscle & Fitness
Psychology Today
Runner’s World
Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter
Vegetarian Times
Weight Watchers
Women's Health
Yoga Journal

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Also of Interest

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