Our Editorial Process

There’s no one-size-fits-all model for healthy living. Let us help you find a way to eat well and stay active that works best for you, wherever you are on your journey.


The small, everyday choices you make about your diet, fitness, and overall well-being have the power to transform your life. But that doesn’t mean they’re always easy to sustain. We understand you’re an individual with specific goals and we’re here to support you with trusted information and tools to help you feel your best.

Online searches for nutrition or exercise topics can be overwhelming and result in a black hole of bogus fads and false claims. You need easy-to-understand and credible advice that cuts through the clutter—advice that’s written by experts who know what they’re talking about and who genuinely care. Every year, we help 300 million people who come to Verywell seeking answers to their health questions.

It’s our duty and responsibility to make sure you’re getting science-backed facts with clear, actionable steps suited to your needs. We work hard to break down complex health terms, reflect the latest research, and present the most accurate information in a way that motivates you to take an active role in your diet and fitness. We’re here to cheer you on, not scare you off. 

Our mission is simple—empower you to reach your diet and fitness goals.

Subject-Matter Expert Writers

Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, from registered dietitians to certified personal trainers to physicians. These leading experts are specifically selected for their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way. 

Editorial Team

Our highly-skilled editorial team manages all of the content you read. Each individual article has several people behind it working to make sure it’s responsible, accurate, understandable, helpful, trustworthy, comprehensive, up-to-date, and inclusive. 

Review Board

The Verywell Fit Review Board, comprised of board-certified physicians, registered dietitians, personal trainers, and more, vet content containing statements of medical fact or health claims. They work tirelessly to provide the necessary critique that guarantees our information is accurate and current. 

Content is assessed by a reviewer whose specific area of expertise aligns with the content topic. A reviewer will confirm that a piece of content—whether article, illustration, video, tool, or other resource—is thorough and contains facts and guidelines that reflect the latest in evidence-based research and health information. 

If improvements are suggested, they are shared directly with our editorial team to be addressed and implemented immediately. It is only when a reviewer approves a piece of content that it is officially stamped as such in the byline of an article.

References, Sources, and Citations

We fact-check medical statements, claims, and suggestions with the most current primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations. Sources are listed both inline and at the bottom of every article. 

(Verywell favors human research and proven treatments, though relevant animal research and experimental/alternative treatments may be reported if that’s all that’s available to promote an understanding of a topic.)

Up-to-Date Information

Times change and so does information. With help from our subject-matter experts and Review Board, our editorial team routinely evaluates our existing content every few months to ensure all information is updated and reflective of the most current research, guidelines, and statistics.

If needed, content is re-worked, re-edited, and re-certified by our Review Board. If you happen to come across any inconsistencies or outdated facts, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

The Verywell Voice

We pride ourselves on being part of the revolution that is redefining what “being fit” really means, and we make sure to infuse that into all of our content. The information, advice, and very words that we use are all rooted in one goal: to help you learn how to live a happier, healthier life that’s free of diet culture driven fads and weight phobic trends. And we do that by offering a space that cuts through all the complications, confusion, and unrealistic expectations that are perpetuated by today’s media.

It is vital to us that you feel supported along your health journey, and we take that responsibility very seriously. To learn more, read about our core values.

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