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February 15, 2009

iGoogle for MHealthy, Part One: Diet and Nutrition

I am very lucky to have my desk located near the desk of another person who shares many of the same interests and passions. When this happens, sometimes amazing synchronicities are facilitated. Right now, you are about to reap the benefit. At least, I hope you find it a benefit.

Anna Schnitzer and I had been gabbing over the cube walls about how to help provide information and tools to support the MHealthy initiative here at the University of Michigan. Last week we started to partner on making a small collection of iGoogle tabs to share with you in support of the goals of MHealthy.

"Hunh?" you might ask, "What is an iGoogle tab?" Well, if you have a Google account, then you can use iGoogle to customize and personalize your searching experience. To make your own tabs, log in to your Google account, then in the upper right hand corner click on the iGoogle link, then click on Add stuff to explore widgets and gadgets made by other people. Pick what you want, then, when you go to Google to search for things, you will see your iGoogle tabs. This can help you remember things you want to do, collect information you want to track, and generally put a lot of useful stuff in one place where it is easy for you to find.

I can get more into this later. For today, being librarians, we wanted to make this easy for you. Anna and I have looked around in the iGoogle widget collections, and selected some that support some of the MHealthy goals. We have collected these in groups and are sharing them with you.

Today's selection is Diet and Nutrition tools. Here is what it looks like for me.

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iGoogle Tag: Diet & Nutrition

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iGoogle Tag: Diet & Nutrition

Alright, now we are going to give you a link. If you click on the link, and have a Google account, the link will take you to a page where you can either add the tab to your account the way I have it set up, or you can choose just the pieces that most interest you. This is what the choosing page would look like.

iGoogle 4 MHealth: Diet & Nutrition

Here's the link:

iGoogle: Diet & Nutrition

Check the boxes you want, or uncheck the ones you don't want. Click the "Add to Google" button. Have fun! A little MHealthy present for you from the Health Sciences Libraries.

Posted by pfa at February 15, 2009 03:18 PM

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