IMPORTANT: Digital Wellness US LLC and its related parties ("Digital Wellness" “us” or “we”) operates the website diet.mayoclinic.org (the “Site”) and the services related to or offered on the Site (collectively, with the provision of the Site, the “Services”) on behalf of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (“Licensor”). The Services may include, without limitation, tools, applications, email services, bulletin and message boards, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, calendars, and downloadable mobile apps related to the Site or provided through the Site or an app store. The terms “you” or “your” refer to the user or viewer of the Services.
The Services offer health, fitness, and nutrition related information, but are designed for non-commercial, informational purposes only. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH OR THE CONTENT ON THE SERVICES, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL. DO NOT DISREGARD, AVOID OR DELAY OBTAINING MEDICAL OR HEALTH-RELATED ADVICE FROM YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE READ THROUGH THE SERVICES. THE USE OF AND RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICES, OUR EMPLOYEES, OR GUESTS OR VISITORS IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Nothing stated or posted on or available through any Service is intended to be, and must not be taken to be, the practice of medicine or counseling care. For the purposes of this agreement, the practice of medicine and counseling includes, without limitation, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, the practice of pharmacy, or providing health care treatment, instructions, diagnosis, prognosis, or advice. Developments in medical research may impact the health, fitness, and nutritional topics discussed on or through the Services, and no assurance can be given that the information contained in the Services will always include the most recent findings or developments with respect to the particular material. Your access or use of the Services does not create in any way a physician/patient, confidential, or privileged relationship, or any other relationship that would give rise to any duties on our part or the part of our Licensor. We do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, clinics, procedures, opinions, products, or other information that may appear on the Services.
You agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations, including U.S. export and re-export control and economic sanction laws and regulations, with respect to your use of the Services. You also acknowledge and agree that your use of the Internet and all access to and use of the Services is solely at your own risk. You should also understand that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from the Services over the Internet or other form of global communication network cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, Digital Wellness is not responsible for the security of any information transmitted to or from the Services. Digital Wellness reserves the right to prohibit or terminate use of or access to the Services at any time, without notice, and or any reason.
These Terms provide to you a personal, revocable, limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable license to use the Services conditioned on your continued compliance with these Terms. You may print and download materials and information from the Services solely for your personal use, provided that all hard copies contain all copyright and other applicable notices contained in such materials and information.
The Services are not intended for persons under the age of eighteen (18) and persons under eighteen (18) should not use the Services. You acknowledge and agree that the Services contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws, and are the sole property of Digital Wellness, its Licensor or our content providers. The Services are for your personal and non-commercial use.
In connection with your use of the Services, you acknowledge and agree that you will not:
In addition, you agree to comply with our Posting Guidelines below. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, COPYING OR REPRODUCING ANY SERVICES, PROGRAMS, PRODUCTS, INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED BY DIGITAL WELLNESS OR LICENSOR TO ANY OTHER SERVER OR LOCATION FOR FURTHER REPRODUCTION OR REDISTRIBUTION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.
Digital Wellness hosts message boards, chats, social media groups and other forums on the Services, through social media platforms and through the Services (“Public Forums”). These Public Forums are intended to serve as discussion centers for users and subscribers of the Services. Any information that you post on the Public Forums or through the Services may be seen by anyone on the Internet. When posting information on the Public Forums or through the Services, use good taste when discussing sensitive topics. Both users and moderators are required to treat others with respect and honesty. Be fair and informative. Post honest and valuable information, and don't post rumors or negative opinions that are not supported by facts. Unless the information in your post arises directly from your personal experience, references to any health-related or medical information you provide must be included in your post.
In addition to the prohibited activities described above, when posting information and media on the Public Forms or through the Services you must not:
Any user failing to comply with these guidelines may be expelled from and refused continued access to the message boards, chats, groups or other public forums in the future. Digital Wellness, Licensor or their designated agents may remove or alter any user-created content at any time for any reason on its Services, mobile apps, and social media groups it administers (subject to the access and rights provided by the social media platform). Materials posted and/or uploaded to the various public forums may be subject to size and usage limitations. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations. Digital Wellness and its Licensor expressly disclaim all responsibility and endorsement and make no representation as to the validity of any opinion, advice, information or statement made or displayed in these forums by third parties, nor are we responsible for any errors or omissions in such postings, or for hyperlinks embedded in any messages. Under no circumstances will Digital Wellness, its Licensor, or our affiliates, suppliers or agents be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained through these forums. The opinions expressed in these forums are solely the opinions of the participants, and do not reflect the opinions of Digital Wellness, its Licensor or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. Digital Wellness and its Licensor have no obligation whatsoever to monitor any of the content or postings Public Forums. However, you acknowledge and agree that we reserve the right to monitor the same at our sole discretion. Digital Wellness employees typically moderate our boards on a daily basis. Unless otherwise stated, these moderators are not medical professionals and should not be construed as such. Our moderators reserve the right to alter, edit, refuse to post or remove any postings or content, in whole or in part, for any reason and to disclose such materials and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to any third party in order to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request and to protect ourselves, our clients, sponsors, users and visitors.
In addition, Digital Wellness and Digital Wellness’s moderators reserve the right to contact users to inform them of policies, hide users’ posts or delete users’ accounts without warning or notice in advance, for any reason, including but not limited to the violation of these Terms. By sending or transmitting to us content, images, video, audio files, creative suggestions, ideas, notes, concepts, information or other materials (collectively, "Submission Materials"), or by posting such Submission Materials on the Public Forums, you hereby grant to us and our designees a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicensable, assignable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally perform, sell, offer for sale, and import such Submission Materials in any media now known or hereafter devised, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you. The foregoing license to Digital Wellness shall be fully paid-up and royalty free. You represent and warrant that any person or entity named or pictured in such Submission Material has provided any necessary licenses, rights, or authorizations to allow Digital Wellness's use of such Submission Materials in accordance with such license. None of the Submission Materials disclosed or posted via message boards, chats or other public forums shall be subject to any obligation, whether of confidentiality, attribution or otherwise.
Certain products or services may be offered for sale on or through the Services. In the event you wish to purchase or to subscribe for any of these products or services, you will be asked by Digital Wellness or an authorized third party to supply certain information, including without limitation, your full name, address, telephone number and credit card information. You agree to provide us or such third party with the foregoing information as well as any other mandatory information. You agree that any such information provided shall be accurate, complete, and current. You agree to comply with the terms and conditions of any agreement that you may enter into governing your purchase of the product or service. You shall be responsible for all charges incurred through your account as well as for paying any applicable taxes. By providing Digital Wellness with your credit card number and associated payment information, you agree that Digital Wellness and/or our third party service providers are authorized to immediately invoice your account for all fees and charges due and payable to us as a result of your order, including but not limited to service fees, subscription fees or any other fee or charge associated with your access to the Services and/or purchase of products. In the event that access to an applicable Service requires a recurring payment, you agree that we (or our third party payment service provider) may automatically invoice your account at the beginning of each recurring period.
We reserve the right to increase charges and fees, or to institute new charges or fees at any time, upon reasonable advance notice communicated to you through a posting on the Services or such other means as we may deem appropriate from time to time (including electronic mail or conventional mail). You agree to immediately notify Digital Wellness of any change in your billing address or the credit card used for payment hereunder. Your right to use a paid service or a specific product is conditional upon our receipt of payment. All fees are nonrefundable. If payment cannot be charged to your credit card or if a charge is refunded for any reason, including chargeback, we reserve the right to either suspend or terminate your access and account. You agree that in the event we are unable to collect the fees you owe us for the products or services specified in your order, we may take any other steps we deem necessary to collect such fees from you, and that you will be responsible for all costs and expenses incurred by us in connection with such collection activity, including collection fees, interest, court costs and attorneys’ fees. To review the billing terms on your account or to terminate a subscription service, you may email [email protected]
Any opinions, advice, statements, services, advertisements, offers or other information or content expressed or made available through the Services by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors and not Digital Wellness. Neither Digital Wellness, its Licensor nor any third-party content providers guarantee the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any content. Furthermore, neither Digital Wellness nor its Licensor endorse or are responsible for the accuracy and reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on any of the Services by anyone other than an authorized Digital Wellness or Licensor representative while acting in his/her official capacity. You may be exposed through the Services to content that violates our policies, is sexually explicit, or is otherwise offensive. We take no responsibility for your exposure to third party content on the Services. Digital Wellness and its Licensor do not assume, and expressly disclaim, any obligation to obtain and include any information other than that provided to it by its third party sources. We do not advocate the use of any product or procedure described in or through the Services, nor are we responsible for misuse of a product or procedure due to typographical error.
If any of the Services require you to open an account, you must complete the registration process by providing Digital Wellness with current, complete, and accurate information, as prompted by the applicable registration form. You acknowledge that by providing any information to Digital Wellness which is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, Digital Wellness reserves the right to terminate your access and use of the Services. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a username and password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the security and confidentiality of your account and password. FURTHERMORE, YOU ARE ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY AND ALL ACTIVITIES AND CONDUCT, WHETHER BY YOU OR ANYONE ELSE, THAT ARE CONDUCTED THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNT. You agree to notify Digital Wellness immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. Neither Digital Wellness nor its Licensors will be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. You may be held liable for any losses incurred by Digital Wellness, its Licensor, or another party due to someone else using your account or password.
We reserve the right to disallow you to post a hyperlink to the Site at any time in our sole discretion. If we exercise such right, you agree to immediately remove and disable any and all of your links to the Site. In the absence of a written agreement with us specifying how you may link to the Site, use the following guidelines for adding one or more links to the Site from your website:
The links on any of the Site and/or Services may let you leave the particular Site or Service you are accessing in order to access a linked third party site (the "Linked Sites"). Digital Wellness provides these links as a convenience, but we neither control nor endorse these Linked Sites, nor has Digital Wellness reviewed or approved the content which appears on the Linked Sites. Digital Wellness is not responsible for the legality, accuracy or appropriateness of any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from any Linked Sites. You acknowledge and agree that Digital Wellness shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of any of the links, content, goods or services available on or through the Linked Sites.
Your participation, correspondence or business dealings with any third party found on or through the Services, including, without limitation, advertisers and other users, regarding payment and delivery of specific goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, representations or warranties associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. You agree that neither Digital Wellness nor Licensor shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or other matters of any sort incurred as the result of such dealings.
THE SERVICES, AND ANY CONTENT, TOOLS, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DISPLAYED, ACCESSED OR OBTAINED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS", "AS AVAILABLE", AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, DIGITAL WELLNESS, ITS LICENSOR AND THEIR AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, AND AGENTS DO NOT WARRANT AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM THAT: (i) YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES AND ACCESS TO AND USE OF ALL OF THE TOOLS AND FEATURES THEREON WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE OR SECURE; (ii) THAT ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THEREIN IS ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR COMPLETE; (iii) THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR (iv) THAT ANY SOFTWARE, SERVICES, OR SERVER(S) ON WHICH THE SERVICES ARE HOSTED ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOUR USE OF AND ACCESS TO THE SERVICES AND ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES ARE ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES SOLD OR ADVERTISED HEREIN OR ABOUT THE SATISFACTION OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRODUCTS WITH REGARD TO THE CONTENT CONTAINED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY TREATMENT, ACTION OR APPLICATION OF MEDICINE, MEDICATION OR THE INFORMATION OFFERED OR PROVIDED WITHIN OR THROUGH THE SERVICES.
NEITHER DIGITAL WELLNESS NOR ITS LICENSORS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AGENTS OR SPONSORS ARE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY OR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR OTHER DAMAGES UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO (i) THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES; (ii) ANY CONTENT CONTAINED ON THE SERVICES; (iii) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT POSTED OR MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICES; (iv) ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE PURCHASED OR OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICES; (v) ANY ACTION TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO OR AS A RESULT OF ANY INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICES; (vi) ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY LOSS OF ACCESS TO, DELETION OF, FAILURE TO STORE, FAILURE TO BACK UP, OR ALTERATION OF ANY CONTENT ON THE SERVICES; OR (vii) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF DIGITAL WELLNESS OR LICENSOR TO YOU FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR USING ANY OF THE SERVICES. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the scope and duration of such warranties and the extent of our liability will be the minimum permitted under such applicable law. The negation and limitation of damages set forth above are fundamental elements of the basis of the bargain between you and Digital Wellness. The Services presented would not be provided without such limitation.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Digital Wellness and Licensor, their subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, employees and representatives harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and disbursements) which arise directly or indirectly out of or from (i) your breach of these Terms; (ii) any allegation that any Submission Materials infringe or otherwise violate the copyright, trade secret, trademark or other intellectual property rights of a third party; and (iii) your access or use of the Services.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under the U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by Digital Wellness infringe your copyright, you or your agent may send to Digital Wellness a notice requesting that the material be removed or access to it be blocked. Any notification by a copyright owner or a person authorized to act on its behalf that fails to comply with requirements of the DMCA shall not be considered sufficient notice and shall not be deemed to confer upon Digital Wellness actual knowledge of facts or circumstances from which infringing material or acts are evident. If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against you, the DMCA permits you to send to Digital Wellness a counter-notice. All notices and counter notices must meet the then current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see http://www.loc.gov/copyright for details. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our Copyright Agent the following information:
Notice of claims of copyright infringement or counter notices should be directed to: [email protected] We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.
The content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the Services are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary (including but not limited to intellectual property) rights. The copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such matters or any part of the Services, except as allowed by these Terms, is strictly prohibited. You do not acquire ownership rights to any content or other materials viewed through the Services. The postings of information or materials on the Services does not constitute a waiver of any right in such information and materials. Some of the content on the Services is the copyrighted work of third parties.
Digital Wellness makes no representation or warranty that the content and materials on the Services are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States. Those who choose to access the Services from other locations do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent applicable. Digital Wellness reserves the right, at any time in our sole discretion, to limit the availability and accessibility of the Services to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we so desire, and to limit the quantities of any such service or products that we provide.
You agree that Digital Wellness, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (in whole or in part) or use of the Services, and remove and discard any content within the Services, at any time and for any reason. You agree that any actions taken under this Section may be effective without prior notice to you.
These Terms and the relationship between you and Digital Wellness shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and Digital Wellness irrevocably agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located within the county of New York, in the State of New York, and waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.
The failure of Digital Wellness to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severed herefrom and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
We may perform any of our obligations or exercise any of our rights under this Terms through one or more of our corporate affiliates (including any entity that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by or is under common control with us). If Digital Wellness or its assets are acquired by another entity, that entity will assume our rights and obligations as described in this Terms. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Terms, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent.
We will not be liable for any delay or failure to perform any obligation herein if the delay or failure is due to unforeseen events that are beyond our reasonable control, such as strikes, blockade, war, terrorism, riots, natural disasters, epidemic, or governmental action, in so far as such an event prevents or delays us in fulfilling our obligations hereunder.
We may modify these Terms at any time, as we deem appropriate. If you disagree with the changes to the Terms, you must discontinue your use of the Services, and if you have registered as a member, cancel your registration. Your continued access or use of any of the Services following such notice signifies your acceptance of the modified Terms. It is your responsibility to review the Terms regularly to be aware of such modifications. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Services with or without notice. We will not be liable to you, or any third party should we exercise our right to modify or discontinue the Services. If you object to any such changes, your sole recourse will be to cease access to the Services. Continued access to the Services following notice of any such changes will indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and acceptance of the as so modified and your use of new Services will be governed by these Terms.
If you have any questions or concerns about these Terms of Service, please contact us by mail or email using the following information:
Attn: The Privacy Officer
155 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: [email protected]
Date of Last Revision: Wednesday, 20 October 2021