"Your Disease Risk" Website
June 11, 2010
This is an interesting, free (and largely ad-free) interactive online tool that's accessible to adult learners with high intermediate reading skills. It allows users to self-assess their risk for 5 major diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke) that can be affected by prevention measures like a healthy diet and exercise. To use the tool, you enter information about your height, weight, waist size (you might need a measuring tape for this one!), diet, exercise habits, smoking habits, etc. When you're finished, you see results that give a rough risk-level assessment along with recommendations for ways you could reduce your risk.
You can find it here: www.yourdiseaserisk.siteman.wustl.edu.
It would make a nice extension activity for learners who are working on a health unit, or as a resource for a health literacy curriculum.
If you try it, let me know what you think!