The 10 Coolest Health Infographics

From good posture to paid maternity leave to how to do yoga on an airplane—there's an infographic for that.

Infographics must be keeping graphic designers in business. There’s one on practically every topic under the sun, with health and fitness probably leading the way. Think about it: With all the studies and statistics and figures that get laid on us day and in day out, this field is just screaming for someone with a bit of creativity to make visual sense of it all. And that’s why health infographics are 100 percent awesome.

Here are the 10 coolest ones I’m digging these days. For more, follow Be Well Philly on Pinterest and check out our infographics board.

1. The Complete Guide to Calories

Best takeaway: “The general rule is consuming +/- 3,500 per week is equal to 1 lb. of body fat gained or lost.”

2. How Sitting Too Long Affects the Body

Best takeaway: “Blood clots that form after sitting too rigidly can travel to the brain, causing strokes.” (Yikes.)

3. How to Do Yoga on a Plane

Best takeaway: You can do an entire yoga routine in a tiny airplane bathroom! Who knew?!

4. Why We Die

Best takeaway: Death from heart disease, while still the No. 1 killer in this country, has fallen a lot since the 1960s.

5. How to Be Ready for Your Next Wildlife Encounter

Best takeaway: If a wolf advances, you’re supposed to lunge towards it, yell and clap, and throw sticks and rocks. Got it? (Hey, I’m only looking out for your health and well-being here.)

6. Guide to Good Posture

Best takeaway: You’re not actually supposed to keep your back ramrod straight! And a good deal of having good posture has to do with chin position. Who knew?

7. America’s Most Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

Best takeaway: Ya’ll. We take a lot of Xanax.

8. Where Your Starbucks Coffee and McDonald’s French Fries Come From

Best takeaway: McDonald’s “customer satisfaction is worse than any other fast food chain, and ranks lower than all major airlines and the IRS.” Ouch.

9. All About Running

Best takeaway: “Since 1980, there has been a 225% increase in the number of U.S. marathon finishers.”

10. Paid Maternity Leave Around the World

Best takeaway: When I have a kid, I’m moving to Canada, where moms are guaranteed 50 paid (!) weeks of maternity leave. (You know, compared to the U.S.’s zero weeks.)