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More Ammunition For the Battle of the Bulge

Many Americans are concerned about the link between belly fat and heart disease. As a result, much has been written regarding how to lose that belly with diet and exercise.

What's Your Real Age?

What's your real age?  Everyone knows our lifestyle has a tremendous impact on our health and well-being.  Did you know the wrong choices can actually age you prematurely?   Michael F. Roizen, M.D. developed the Real Age test to learn the effects your diet , activities, and heredity have on you.

Finally! A Donation That Costs Nothing


Don't have a pint - donate it to the American Red Cross blood drive when they set up shop at the library on Friday, June 26. You can sign up now at the Reception Desk, or just walk in any time between 11 am-5 pm. There's a critical need for blood this summer, due to the automotive shutdown, so please stop in to donate a drop or two. And be sure to bring a friend.

2010 U-Pick Guide

This easy to use website lists all of the pick your own fruits and vegetable farms in the state of Michigan. Strawberry season is on now. It lasts only a few weeks, so don't miss out on some of the best locally grown produce you can find.
Give each of these farms a call before you go, because pick-your-own produce options depend on the time of the year, weather and crop yields.

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Scleroderma, a serious and sometimes life threatening autoimmune condition affecting the body's connective tissue, is difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for other conditions.  The Scleroderma Foundation has set aside June as Scleroderma Awareness Month to educate the public and advocate for research.  For more information read

CPL Housekeeping Staff Going Green

As part of our ongoing effort to make Canton Library an environmentally friendly building, our Housekeeping staff will be trained and certified in "green" cleaning procedures. It doesn't cost more to use safe effective cleaning products and procedures. In fact, in most cases, it costs less. The benefits are obvious. You get a clean , healthy building without using the products which are harmful to our environment. Using "green"  cleaning products is also much healthier for our Housekeeping staff. There is a wealth of information about "green buildings" available from the U.S. Green Building Council website.  We are also changing over our hand soap to a foaming cleanser and will be installing roll towel dispensers in our restrooms.

Celiac Awareness Month

May is Celiac Awareness month.  Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that is caused by an intolerance to the protein gluten, which is found in wheat and related grains, affects over a million Americans.  Since the symptoms mimic other disorders, many people go undiagnosed.  A gluten-free diet is the only treatment at this time.  For more inf

May is Older Americans Month

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month. National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging, and community services providers plan activities that might take place in May or throughout the year. This year’s theme “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow” reflects AoA’s continued focus on prevention efforts and programs throughout the country that are helping older adults have better health as they age and avoid the risks of chronic disease, disability and injury.  The Canton Senior Center is offering a variety of special events this month.

Shape Up With Your Library!

Get in shape, feel great and fit into that new bathing suit without spending a dime!  The library has many exercise dvd's including cardio, yoga, dance, and toning.  You can also find some of the most popular fitness instructors including

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that over a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.  Since early detection and prevention saves lives, be sure to know your A, B, C's!  If you have a mole with any of the following: A - asymmetry, B - border irregularity, C - color irregularity or D - diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser) be sure to have it checked out. 

2009 Caregiving Conference

If you are providing care for an older person or a person with a disability you will want to attend the 2009 Caregiving Conference being held on Monday, May 4, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Summit on the Park.  Caregivers and the adult person they are caring for are welcome to attend.  Admission is free and you can register at the conference. Additional dates and locations can be found at the 2009 Caregiving Conference website.

Information About the Swine Flu

There has been a flurry of reports about the swine flu lately, some reassuring and some causing alarm.  This isn't the first time that this strain of flu has sickened people; reports of the swine flu were documented in 1976 and 1988. 
The CDC has prepared an online document to help educate and prepare the public for this flu.  For a historical perspective of influenza, read The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry.  Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

Read it ... and Sleep

Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night? If so, you're not alone. In fact, more than 25% of adults have had symptoms of insomnia at some time, and less than 10% have chronic insomnia. There are many remedies to help you get a good night's sleep and feel refreshed during the day. Explore our collection of materials on insomnia. You can also learn about other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Sweet dreams!

Be Sun Smart

Sun-Proof your skin.  Spring is here. Before summer heats up, protect yourself and your skin with sunscreen. Remember your sunglasses and hat! For more tips check Sun Protection for Life.

Brain Fitness

There have been many studies on brain fitness in the news lately, largely because Baby Boomers and other age groups are interested in keeping their memories and mental accuracy intact into their older years.  This latest study, featured in PsychCentral states that expensive gimmicks and vitamins don't work.&nbs

Autism Awareness Month

 April is National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM).  Many parents and health professionals, concerned about the rising number of children diagnosed with autism, have combined efforts to find a cure.  Continued research and new therapies are at the forefront of their crusade.  Need more information?  The library has a large collection of

Mangos - the Miracle Weight Loss Fruit?

Researchers in Camaroon have studied the effects of taking extracts from the African mango seed and have discovered that it may inhibit fat production.  Although more research needs to be completed, this discovery may be promising for the increasing problem of obesity.  Are you trying to lose weight?  Check out the library's extensive collection of

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The bad news is that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  The good news is that it can often be prevented with screening and treatment.

A helpful book

If there's a loved one in your life that has an addiction, a good book to read is: No more letting go by Debra Jay.  This book weaves together real-life family stories and interventions that can offer comfort, hope and help.  Another good book is called Heart of Addiction by Lance Dodes.   Both these books can help in getting through this difficult time.