Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Online Health Information Can Be Fun

I am lucky enough to be attending -- on behalf of Fauquier Health -- a healthcare summit on social media in Rochester, Minnesota, across the street from the Mayo Clinic. The conference is being run by the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and Ragan Communications.

I am learning a ton and am inspired by all the smart people bringing reliable health information to the public through social media.

There have been a lot of highlights. This video, for instance. It's truly wonderful, and produced by the folks at Mayo. You'll laugh, and you'll learn something about heart disease too.

Then there was the video about Dozer the dog, who spontaneously joined a half marathon fundraising race in Maryland. Someone from the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center caught it on tape, and Dozer became the largest cancer research fundraiser in the race. Here's the video: http://abcnews.go.com/US/dog-raises-17000-running-marathon-cancer-research/story?id=14179339

Yesterday afternoon's keynote speaker was especially inspiring. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a pediatrician who is absolutely passionate about her patients and about keeping kids healthy. In addition to seeing patients, she writes a wonderful blog: http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/ , that is a must-read for anyone with kids. As a physician, she feels it is her responsibility to use her training to reach out to parents everywhere, not just in her community, to provide solid health advice in a very appealing, readable form.

And just for fun, I'll include here a video from the Mayo Clinic that is just meant "to make you feel absurdly happy." It did it for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-l0tK8Ok0 . The couple in this video was present at the conference and was honored with a "Healthy Virus" award -- their video was viewed 7.7 million times on Youtube, although the couple still doesn't know what You Tube is.


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