8 Ways We Learned to Live Verywell This Year

A retrospective of top health tips in celebration of our first birthday

It’s been a whole year since we first launched Verywell—and what a year it has been! While our main goal has always been to provide you, our readers, with easy-to-understand and thorough health information so you can learn to live well, we realized that we've learned a lot while doing that, too.

You may also be wondering who we are behind the curtain, publishing and promoting the content you see daily. We’re just like you, always striving to live better and healthier. So, in celebration of our first birthday, here’s a list of our top takeaways from this past year—how we’ve learned to live Verywell. Happy birthday to us and to all of our loyal readers!


Enjoy Food but Make Informed Decisions About Diet & Nutrition

It's not always easy to make healthy choices, especially when it comes to your diet. That's why we created a handy calculator so that you can learn the nutrition information for any recipe within seconds. It's so easy to use: You simply copy and paste your recipe's ingredients to reveal a Nutrition Facts label for one serving.

Dozens of food and recipe creators have also been able to share nutrition details with their readers by embedding our labels on their sites. Of course, we won't let this information stop us from eating the foods we love. Here, at Verywell HQ, it's not about deprivation, it's about making informed decisions.


Sneak in Quick & Easy Activities to Re-Energize the Workday

Here's a tip for when you have a lot of work to do: Take a break. It may sound counterintuitive, but we learned that a short stretch of activity or a quick meditation session is refreshing and energizing.

A seven-minute workout, desk stretches, and team walk-and-talks have gotten us through multiple mid-afternoon slumps this year. Research shows that they may help keep your calorie balance in check too, so we recommend getting up and getting going.


Tackle Workplace Stress Head on to Promote a Team Environment

It’s no secret that the daily grind of a 9 to 5 can take a toll on your health. And making sure our readers are equipped with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive health information they need can sometimes be stressful.

We know how important it is to take steps to make sure our work environment is not only stress-free, but also inspiring and creative. With office yoga, quick massage sessions, and the occasional break to just have some fun and laugh, we manage to balance working in an often kinetic office environment with staying calm and focused on our goals as a team.


Focus on Small, Easily Maintained Steps for Year-Round Health

The New Year is always a great time to take a look at your health habits and try something new to improve them. Since our site is brimming with useful tips, we put together an easy-to-follow guide to starting 2017 off on the right foot (though this round-up's just as useful if your resolutions may have already fallen to the wayside).

We love treating every day as an opportunity to take stock of what you're doing to stay well so much that we keep the New Year spirit alive with our Daily Health Tips email. Sign up on our homepage and get our suggestions for living Verywell all 365 days.


Prioritize Sleep Even Though Everyone's Needs Vary

You’ve probably heard that adults need about eight hours of sleep a night. It’s vital to your well-being—from your level of alertness to your immune system’s response to a cold. But the truth is sleep needs vary by individual. So, starting tonight, aim to get a good night’s rest—however many hours apply to you.

We know things can get in the way, which is why throughout the year we learned to observe anything that may cause trouble sleeping. We found practicing good “sleep hygiene” helps too!


Own Your Health by Staying Informed & Educated

Staying informed is one of the best ways to take control of your health. Whether you’re dealing with a specific condition or just looking to live a healthier lifestyle, educating yourself can help you better understand the steps you need to take. 

Here at Verywell, we’re always looking for the best ways to educate our readers. Our newsletters provide a great way to stay up-to-date with fun and helpful health tips. Sign up today and never miss a chance to live Verywell!


Find Support at Any Stage on Your Health Journey

Navigating your way to a healthier life isn’t always easy. But we never want you to feel alone. That’s why we launched several new Facebook communities this year, where you can connect with others and share your own story:

  • Whether you’re newly pregnant or just trying to raise happy, healthy kids, you can trust our parenting communities for advice on your biggest questions.
  • Have a condition you feel like no one else understands? Our condition-specific communities are the place to share (and vent about) what it’s really like to live with diabetes, thyroid disease, or breast cancer.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn from (and inspire!) others along the way.


Equip Yourself With a Recipe Toolbox

Raise your hand if you've ever declared that you'll start eating healthy as soon as healthy food starts tasting better or "when you find the time." We've all been there, which is why we developed a brand new recipe portal to help you eat Verywell.

Whether you're looking for something the whole family will enjoy, trying to satisfy that sweet tooth, or are navigating the dietary guidelines of a recently diagnosed condition, our library of healthy and tasty dietitian-crafted recipes has got all of your home-cooking needs covered. No excuses anymore—healthy cooking just got a whole lot easier and accessible.

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