Health and Body Integrity

Photo courtesy of Rick Bern

It's difficult to be healthy in what I call a 'toxic cultural environment' - an environment that surrounds us with unhealthy images and constantly sacrifices our health and our sense of well-being for the sake of profit.
~Jean Kilbourne

General Health

Go Ask Alice
Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet resource. It provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being. Information provided by Go Ask Alice! is not medical advice and not meant to replace consultation with a health care professional.

The Center for Young Women's Health (CYWH)
The Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH) is a collaboration between the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Center is an educational entity that exists to provide teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information, health education programs, and conferences.

HealthyWomen (HW)
HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Body Image is one of the largest and most comprehensive web sites providing information and support for sufferers, friends and families of sufferers of Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating and Binge Eating Disorders.

Jean Kilborurne
Through Jean Kilbourne’s lectures, films, and articles, many of her original ideas and concepts have become mainstream. These include the concepts of the tyranny of the beauty ideal, the connection between the objectification of women and violence, the themes of liberation and weight control exploited in tobacco advertising aimed at women, the targeting of alcoholics by the alcohol industry, addiction as a love affair, and many others.

Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman's value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.

NEDA’s mission supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.  NEDA envisions a world without eating disorders.

Healthy Weight Network
Healthy Weight Network provides a critical link between research and practical application on weight and eating issues. Recognizing that weight is a complex condition of increasing concern throughout the world, we are committed to bringing together scientific information from many sources, reporting controversial issues in a clear, objective manner, and the ongoing search for truth and understanding.

Recognizing that weight is an easily exploitable health and social concern, we are further committed to exposing deception, reshaping detrimental social attitudes, and promoting health at any size. Our mission is to be a voice of integrity and insight in a field that has been much abused and neglected.

Sexual Health

American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the premier organization for obstetricians and gynecologists and providers of women's health care.  They provide the highest quality education worldwide, continuously improve health care for women through practice and research, and lead advocacy for women's health care issues nationally and internationally.

Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS)
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit, public interest organization based in Cambridge, Mass., that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality.  OBOS’s landmark publication, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” has sold millions of copies around the world and has been translated into more than two dozen languages. The most recent U.S. edition, published in 2011, was named by Library Journal as one of the best consumer health books of that year.

LGBTQ Resources

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Inc.
The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers.

Campus Pride
Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBT prejudice, bigotry and hate. It works to develop student leaders, campus networks, and future actions to create such positive change.

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

STI Information

Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP)
The mission of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to provide national leadership, research, policy development, and scientific information to help people live safer, healthier lives by the prevention of STDs and their complications.