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April is Autism Awareness Month

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism is filled with ideas and activities for parents and teachers. This resource presents tips, advice, strategies and solutions in an easy format to make learning fun and fulfilling for children with special challenges. Look for new books on autism this month in the health collection at the library. Wear blue on Friday, April 2nd, to celebrate Autism Awareness Day.

Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Looking for a safe, inexpensive, and invigorating way to help maintain your health and independence as you get older? Try adding exercise to your daily routine. When done on a regular basis, exercise and physical activity offer many health benefits and can be a pleasure, especially if you choose activities you enjoy. To find out how to become more physically active, restart a lapsed exercise regimen, or get more benefit from your current exercise program, check out the updated Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults topic on NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website for older adults.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A mother of 5 and caregiver Henrietta Lacks, died at age 31 of cervical cancer. In 1951 without her or her family's consent, tissue was removed and those cells were cultivated in a research lab at Johns Hopkins. Those cells never died and went on to help develop a vaccine for polio and many other important discoveries in medicine. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells her story and her lasting legacy to this day.

Pathway Pals

Get your bikes and hiking boots ready! The I-275 Pathway is receiving a major facelift in 2010. Work on portions of the trail is expected to start in the spring.

MDOT is hosting an open house to explain the planned improvements to the Hines Drive-Michigan Avenue sections from 6:00-8:00PM on Tuesday, March 2nd in the Freedom Room of the Canton Township Administrative Building on Canton Center Rd. south of Cherry Hill.

Check out Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance for more info.

Red - It's Not Just For Valentine's Day!

February is American Heart Month. Along with the heart shaped valentines, Americans are urged to think about their own heart and how to care for it. Celebrate Wear Red Day this Friday, February 5th, and join in the awareness that cardiovascular disease and stroke are the #1 health threat to women. You can learn more about heart disease, prevention and treatment right here at the library!

Profile of Older Americans: 2009

The Administration on Aging (AoA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. The annual Profile of Older Americans was originally developed and researched by Donald G. Fowles, AoA. Saadia Greenberg, AoA, developed the 2009 edition Just a few highlights from this report:
  • The older population (65+) numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13.0% since 1998
  • The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade
  • Over one in every eight, or 12.8%, of the population is an older American
  • Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.8 years for females and 17.1 years for males)

The Locavore Way

The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food by Amy Cotler

Local eating has been in the news a lot the past few years, but how easy is it really? Easier than you'd think, and this book is chock full of ideas. It also outlines the many benefits, both personal and for the community and the world at large, of a locavore lifestyle. Looking for local food here in Canton? The Canton Farmers Market has fresh goods May through October and Calder Dairy delivers and is available along with other local goods at stores like Holiday Market. Are there other local options that you've discovered in Canton? Please share in the comments.

Take the No Impact Experiment

Inspired by the book No Impact Man by Colin Beaven, the No Impact Project brings you the No Impact Experiment — a one-week carbon cleanse. Register on their website and each day of the week you will be given an environmental challenge that will build on the previous day’s challenge. At the end of the week you will be asked to fill in an eco-lifestyle survey. The experiment is a chance for you to see what no-impact living is like, and hopefully help to improve your quality of life. Not a bad way to start off the new year.

Reflexology with Deanna Proske

Reflexology is the scientific study and manipulation of corresponding areas in the hands or feet to organs in your body to reduce stress, encourage good health and promote relaxation. Canton's own Deanna Proske will share the art of reflexology with us on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 pm in the library Community Room. Registration is available online.

Learn About Yoga

Join Canton resident Sharon Brand and learn about the benefits of Yoga. Sharon has nine years experience teaching the flowing style of Hatha Yoga. We offer this program as a way to promote Canton's 100 Days of Health.
Only a few spots remain, so register online soon. Wear loose fitting clothing, bring a mat or beach towel and bring a water bottle. Let's stretch, bend and breathe with Sharon on Thursday, January 14th at 7:00PM in the library's Community Room.

How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg discovers that drinking water can be legal and still be unhealthy in his series Toxic Waters. In researching the series, he studied thousands of water pollution records, which he obtained via the Freedom of Information Act and discovered that an estimated one out of ten Americans is exposed to unsafe drinking water. Look at What's in Your Water? to find out what the contaminant level is in your drinking water system. Also be sure to check out CPL’s water quality resources to find out more on this important topic.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Happy New Year's Diet

Is your New Year's resolution, as it is for so many of us, to drop a few pounds in 2010? Or perhaps you just want to eat a healthier diet? Take a look at some of our newer, healthier cookbooks and start your year off right.

Sign Up For the 100 Days of Health Over the Holidays!

What are your plans for the holidays? In between the food, fun and parties, be sure to think about signing up for Canton's 100 Days of Health! This fun family program, co-sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare systems, includes classes, events, health tips and free access to the Summit On the Park every Friday during the program. For more information, visit the Canton Leisure Services homepage or call the program hotline at (734) 394-5496.

Dangerous Toy Lists For the Holiday Shopping Season

In an effort to keep children safe from harmful and potentially deadly toys,  W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has published its 2009 10 Worst Toys list.  The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) identifies toys with choking hazards, loud noises and dangerous chemicals.   For more toy and home product safety information, visit the U.S.

Wash Your Hands!

What's the easiest way to stop the spread of germs during this cold and flu season? Wash your hands! This week, December 6-12, happens to be National Handwashing Awareness Week. Go to www.henrythehand.com to find out more about handwashing, germs, and overall health. We want everyone to stay healthy over the holidays, so keep on washing with soap and water as much as possible!

Want healthy eating ideas for the holidays?

Three excellent books that have easy to follow diet plans, list healthy foods that keep your weight low and; metabolism high and give thin-spiration ideas or expert advice to help you keep the weight off during the holidays and through-out the year.

The Power of Your Dreams

Professional speaker Cindy Gray will discuss understanding and interpreting the power of your dreams. Cindy's enthusiastic presentation will inform and inspire you to take home the information and use it to enhance your life. Please join us for a fun and informative evening on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00PM in the library's Community Room. Phone-in registration begins Thursday, December 3 by calling the library at (734) 397-0999. Sweet dreams!

Having Too Much Fun?

December is a month full of many celebrations, and for some of us, final exams.  There seems to be an increase in pressure to get things done before the end of the year, and whether your tasks are enjoyable or not, it's important to remember to take it easy.  So while we have many items in the library that will help you get ready for all the parties and holidays, we also have materials to help you manage stress, relax and exercise to relieve some of the pressure.

Take a Load Off!


Start the New Year off without excess mental baggage...consider forgiveness! Scientists have proven bitterness and guilt wreaks havoc on our bodies and minds. Dr. Fred Luskin has written Forgive for good the results of the Forgiveness Project, one of the largest and most important studies on forgiveness ever conducted. It shows that learning how to forgive improves our emotional and physical well-being.

Falls and Older Adults

If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people ages 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling — and fall-related injuries — rises with age. But falls can be prevented, and three videos describing how older adults can reduce their risk have just been added to the Falls and Older Adults topic on NIHSeniorHealth.

(Image Credit: Leonard Freed. WEST GERMANY. 1965. (NYC30404). Magnum Photos. 01 Jan 1965. eLibrary. Web. 25 Jan 2010.)