Health & Wellness

Databases (Library card required)

Consumer Health Complete — Articles on all areas of wellness, from mainstream medicine to complementary and alternative approaches. Includes information from encyclopedias, reference books and academic journals.

Salem Health — Up-to-date information on diseases, anatomy, mental health, prevention, and treatment. Online companion to Magill's Medical Guide.


Alternative Health

Health World Online Information on both alternative and conventional medicine.

Health Canada, Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) seeks to provide Canadian consumers with the assurance of safety while enhancing access to a full range of natural health products.

Alternative medicine from Medline Plus.

Consumer Health 

Aetna InteliHealth A joint venture of Aetna, and several medical universities. Drug information & news for consumers.

MedLine Plus Drugs, Herbs and Supplements.

Men's Health Initiative of BC Reliable men's health information resource based out of UBC.

PDR Guide to Over the Counter Drugs

Resources for Health Consumers From the Medical Library Association, including their "Top Ten Useful Websites."


ACE American Council on Exercise

Canada's Physical Activity Website Physical Activity Guide for Canadians. A companion to Canada's Food Guide.

Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute Investigates and reports on Canadians' physical activity

Health & Medicine (General)

Adverse Reaction Database Provides information concerning suspected adverse reactions to Canadian marketed health products, from the Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program (CADRMP).

BC Health Guide See HealthLink BC below.

British Columbia Ministry of Health

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety The CCOHS promotes improvements in occupational health and safety by providing practical information to answer workplace concerns.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Center for Disease Control U.S. government agency, with health and travel health information.

Easy-To-Read Health and Medical Sites From the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, easily read and reproducible information on common illnesses and conditions.

Fraser Health Information about hospitals in the South Fraser Health Region, including Surrey Memorial.

Health Canada Online

HealthLink BC Trusted health topics, tests, procedures and other resources available to BC residents. Call 8-1-1.

Health on the web Toolkit From Women's Health Matters.

Health Topics From the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Healthy Living Your source for a healthier lifestyle (Government of Canada). Information on aging and health, from the American Federation for Aging Research.

InteliHealthLink A joint venture of Aetna and several medical universities, providing access to a wide spectrum of health information for both consumers and providers.

Lab Tests On-Line Presented by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, "the site is the product of a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community."

Live Well with Diabetes Videos in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Panjabi & Vietnamese.

Martindale's Martindale's Health Science Guide provides extensive directory information for various medical specialties.

Medbroadcast Corporation of Vancouver, British Columbia Specializes in providing online medical information and services.

Medline Plus (NLM) National Library of Medicine.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy Online manuals for professionals, patients and caregivers.

Public Health Agency of Canada From the Government of Canada.

Public Library of Science (PLoS) A non-profit organization ofscientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature freely available for all. Includes open access journals.

PubMed Central Canada A free digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature. A library of surgical procedures designed to educate patients.

Health Organizations

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Arthritis Canada

BC Cancer Agency Including links to Fraser Valley Cancer Centre at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

BC Cerebral Palsy Association Supports individuals, families, caregivers, professionals, students and other organizations.

BC Multicultural Health Organization Promoting healthy living in BC's multicultural communities.

BC Schizophrenia Society A province wide family support system.

BC Transplant Society

Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon division.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety The CCOHS promotes improvements in occupational health and safety by providing practical information to answer workplace concerns.

Canadian Diabetes Association

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Canadian Lung Association

Canadian Medical Association Online Including access to CMA Journal online edition back to 1995.

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Health Action Network Society

Healthy Kids Program from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.

Heart and Stroke Foundation Including multicultural resources for people African, Chinese, Inuit, First Nations, Metis, Persian and South Asian descent.

iCON interCultural Online Health Network Assists multicultural communities, patients and caregivers across BC in optimal chronic disease prevention and management.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Supports MS research and provides services and programs to enhance the quality of the lives of more than 8,000 British Columbians affected by MS.

H1N1 (Swine Influenza) Virus

H1N1 (Swine Flu) information From the Ministry of Health, BC.

H1N1 resources from the Health Library Association of BC

HealthLink BC

Information bulletin From the Government of BC

Public Health Agency of Canada travel warnings

Mental Health

Mental Health - Healthy Living From Health Canada.

Mental Health and Addictions From the Ministry of Health, BC.

BC Mental Health and Addictions Services

Canadian Mental Health Association


Canada Food Guide

Dieticians of Canada


British Approved links to non-commercial sport associations, organizing bodies, and official sporting associations in British Columbia and Canada.

BC Sports Hall of Fame

Canadian Olympians The Canadian Olympians site provides a searchable images database of Canadian athletes at the Olympics, from the early 1900s through 2004

Marathon Guide Guide to marathons all over the world, with information about races and links to their websites.

Sport BC Supporting amateur sports.

SportFishing Institute of BC