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IHRSA partners with Sharecare to provide answers to health and wellness questions

With Google, Bing and so many other search engines on the Internet there is indeed many places to find answers to almost any question you pose. But, where are those answers coming from? 

No one wants advice on health and wellness from the same person who is showing you how to change your oil, or from the teenager explaining the best way to give yourself a fauxhawk (believe me, there are videos out there). 

But if you want experts – doctors, trainers, health and wellness organizations and more from organizations like the American Red Cross, John Hopkins University,  and the National Academy of Sports Medicine – answering important and possibly life-altering questions, then we have a place for you. 

IHRSA is a strategic partner and content provider on Sharecare, a two-year-old website where you can ask a question and both IHRSA and other experts from around the world can chime in to give you the best and most up-to-date answers. 

Sharecare is a health and wellness social media platform that connects people with top-ranking experts ranging from doctors and specialists to hospitals, healthcare companies and health-conscious consumers. The site has a unique Q&A format that is collective wisdom, providing health-seeking consumers with answers reflecting multiple expert perspectives. Sharecare was created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz (TV’s Dr. Oz), Harpo Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications. 

The answers IHRSA has provided range greatly. Employees Chris Thomae and Melissa Rodriguez, both NASM Elite Trainers, have shared their extensive knowledge in questions like “Will resistance training make me bulky?” and “Is there more to fitness than just working out at the gym?” 

IHRSA’s Get Active! magazine also provides answers to questions, and through Sharecare IHRSA is helping those with questions find health clubs by promoting 

But you can also get answers from other IHRSA employees, anonymously, on “How should I exercise if I am middle-aged?”, “What is gluten?” and “Why should I avoid non-fat salad dressing?” 

You can follow specific people, organizations or subjects, while there are also related articles, questions and videos to help find the best answer for you. And at that time when you have seen the help and support from Sharecare, the site welcomes you to share your success story. 

Go to to follow IHRSA now and to see the questions we have answered thus far. Then, check out the entire Sharecare site.



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