I have to admit, I was reluctant to join Pinterest, I’m still a newbie on Instagram and I barely understand how to use my Google+ account. Each time a new social media platform pops up, I think, “I’m already on Facebook and Twitter, how the heck will I have time for another site or app?” But then I catch a glimmer of how valuable it can be, for both my clients and myself, and I sign up! If you haven’t yet embraced the health benefits of social media, here are five reasons to tech up, and get connected.
The first night I joined Pinterest I was up half the evening creating boards, uploading photos, and pinning away. I’m a visual person, so I love the eye candy, but Pinterest is also overflowing with practical resources. I love pins like these on which fruits and veggies are in season, the basics of herbs, and how to cut an onion, and the site is also a clearinghouse for thousands of healthy recipes, eating plans, fitness programs, and inspirational quotes. I also find tons of amazing healthy resources through Facebook, like Greatist’s 44 healthy foods under $1, and this awesome pumpkin smoothie recipe from Artisana Foods.
Social media is also a great way to access experts you wouldn’t have the chance to meet in person. I do a live Q&A every other Thursday on Health’s Facebook page, and personally respond to each question and comment posted on my own page. I’ve also participated in several Twitter chats, and I just found out about Google+ “hangouts,” which I can’t wait to try. Here’s one, archived on YouTube, hosted by Kelly Ripa, featuring Michelle Obama and others, talking about fit families.
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