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Active living is a transdisciplinary field encompassing many different sectors and professions. Our site is organized by topics that allow you to find any and all information related to your interest area—from the latest news and resources to profiles, Storybank projects and partner organizations.


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Introduction to RSS

What is RSS?

RSS, commonly referred to as Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, is a way to collect and view new content from your favorite websites in a single location. RSS feeds create links to that content, and a news aggregator or feed reader allows you to read it. So, when new news or content is posted on the websites of your subscribed feeds, a headline and short summary appear on your news aggregator. It’s all in one place to be read when you are ready.

The news aggregator or feed reader you use is up to you. If you don’t already have one, you can download the software from a website (see suggestions below). You’ll find many opportunities to subscribe to various feeds based on your interests. Just look for the icon and click to subscribe.

Why should I use RSS?

It's a great way to stay informed about issues in which you’re interested without having to visit multiple websites every time you want to check for new information.

RSS benefits:

  • It’s easy to use—and to unsubscribe
  • You opt-in to feeds or content of interest
  • New information comes to you, instead of you having to check your favorite websites for new content of interest
  • Easy to scan the latest info from several sources, and you can always click on the web link to read more

How do I use RSS on the Active Living Network site?

FeedThese icons represent content you can subscribe to using a feed reader or news aggregator. Adding a feed varies slightly depending on the aggregator you are using. Check your aggregator’s instructions for specifics. But it generally follows the following steps:

  • Click on the icon; you will see a page of XML code
  • Copy the URL from your browser
  • Open your news aggregator, choose to a add new feed
  • Paste the URL into the appropriate field
  • Enjoy updated information all in one place!

Where can I get a news aggregator?

There are many different aggregators to choose from. Here is a sampling of popular services:

NewsGator Online (Free)
Google Reader (Free)