What You Should Know
HealthBoards, in partnership with WebMD, is a website that brings people together with one common goal: finding support and information about all things health related. To serve its purpose as a central meeting place, the focus is an extensive assortment of message boards (over 150), sorted by Health categories (28, to be precise). In addition to the support group-styled message boards, HealthBoards also offers a WebMD-powered Health Guide, which provides comprehensive health information and tools for managing one’s health.
For dieters, ages 14 and up, HealthBoards provides message boards related to all aspects of diet, weight loss, and health conditions caused by obesity. Message boards for dieters include Diet & Nutrition, Exercise & Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle, Vitamins & Supplements and Weight Loss. A sister site-DrugTalk.com-offers users the chance to join discussion groups about specific medications, sorted by drug name and health category. This can be a useful tool for anyone taking any type of medication for weight loss purposes.
HealthBoards.com provides a safe, heavily monitored forum in which people can meet others and discuss the personal and important health issues they may be facing. Anonymous posting is not allowed, and boards are monitored by a large group of volunteers. There are strict rules and helpful guidelines for using the message boards effectively. The policy of “No Advertising” in posts allows a less cluttered experience for users. Abuse and breaking of site rules is grounds for termination from the site.
While no reviews of the site were found from outside sources, there is an entire message board devoted to user testimonials. According to Wikipedia, HealthBoards.com was founded in 1997 by Chuck Simmons. The site was launched with 70 health-related message boards and continues to grow steadily with each passing year.
- Healthboards has information on almost all medical conditions including obesity.
- The Healhboards website has a very user-friendly interface.
- The information provided on Healthboards may not always come from a professional.
- You might find Spam posts occasionally that interrupt serious discussions.
- Some advice may be dangerous. Be sure to research an odd dieting tip before trying it.
Healthboards is a great resource for dieters but might be best for those who already have some sort of plan in place. A message board like this is great for finding people with similar problems so you can motivate each other or even compete. It can really help with your diet if you are competing on a weekly basis with a few other people. Heathboards is a great place to do this.