Internet Connect

Let your fingers do the walking over Web sites

The Internet provides a wealth of material on many of the topics covered in Homecare Education Management this month. Included are educational material on diabetes, heart disease, and customer service.

www.diabetes.org: The American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, VA, has a plethora of great practical guides and information about all aspects of diabetes. The Web site is easy to use. All you have to do is click on any one of more than 40 categories to find out some concise guidelines to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, understanding lab tests, nutrition and fitness, recipe of the day, legislative information, exercise, sex, pregnancy, parenting, and other topics. Only a few of the links led to dead ends. Most of the links provided material that was easy to print and read. The ADA also can be reached at 1660 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: (703) 549-1500.

Best feature: There are too many great features to say this is truly the best, but the link to "20 Steps to Safe Exercise" is at the top. The five-page report explains how diabetes and obesity tie together and how diabetics can lose weight and improve their exercise habits. While there are not an actual 20 steps listed, the categories included in this site provide enough basic information to supplement any patient teaching material.

www.americanheart.org: Sponsored by the American Heart Association in Dallas, this site has a variety of information about heart attacks, their warning signs, family health, strokes, and science. It also contains a huge directory with hundreds of links to other health care information, listed in an A to Z format. The AHA also can be reached at 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4599. Phone: (214) 706-1396.

www.bsecpa.com/customer.htm: This site contains links to a variety of articles and other resources on customer service.

www.aacvpr.org: This site, sponsored by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Middleton, WI, has information about pulmonary rehabilitation and the treatment of chronic obstructive airway disease. The AACPR can also be reached at 7611 Elmwood, Suite 201, Middleton, WI 53562. Phone: (608) 831-6989.