Did you know? (Don’t you just love commentary that starts with that question? It naturally assumes that you probably don’t know. It also assumes that someone else does know. And finally, it assumes that you want to know). Alas, tradition is hard to break. So here goes . . .
With the emphasis on health and health care these days, it’s good to know that understandable information on today’s most pressing health and social issues is available to you. MCPL has numerous Health Databases, books, and magazines, which are amazingly simple to access. There you will find a fountain of health and wellness information, from healthy eating and nutritional guidelines, to sites with helpful tools, such as health calculators, how-to-guides, quizzes, and dictionaries.
The flu season is upon us, and there is no time like the present to get your flu shot. On Thursday, October 14th from 4:00pm to 6:00 p.m., the American Red Cross will be administering flu shots at the Weston Branch. You do not need to make an appointment. The cost of flu shots will be $25.00. Pneumonia shots will also be available for $50.00. Credit and debit cards, cash, and checks will be accepted. If you have insurance, you can bring your primary insurance card and not be charged the $25.00. The American Red Cross will file an insurance claim with your insurance company.
Tired of being on the dieting merry-go-round? Ready for a nutritional makeover? Then, I think you will enjoy reading Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. In this 140 page easy read, Pollan shares 64 simple principles for healthy eating including:
Alzheimer's can break your heart. I know. My mother had it. The first signs were subtle-a light bill left unpaid, a name forgotten. The later signs were gut wrenching - being found a mile away from home by a good samaritan, forgetting who her children were.
March may be nearly over, but it's still National Nutrition Month. The theme "Eat Right with Color" encourages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy on their plates every day.
I discovered a great database for reliable health information. Consumer Health Complete contains a great deal of health and wellness information. Besides mainstream medicine, it also includes holistic medicine.
The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is challenging all of its members along with their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate in the Get Healthy Chamber Challenge in 2012. We all know the importance of being healthy and the impact it has on our lives and our family’s lives. With small changes to our diet and regular exercise, we can lower our blood pressure, combat depression, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and increase our heart health. Shedding a few pounds in the process is always very uplifting as well.
Modern medicine can be a marvelous thing, but there are some cases when perhaps it's wiser to ignore the doctor's orders and pursue an alternative remedy. The library happens to be one place you can look for non-traditional cures.