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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.

The Library Made Me Healthier

The March 3, 2009 issue of Woman's Day has a great article regarding four women and how they found resources at their libraries to help them get well. It's another great example of how libraries can change lives!

The Autism Book: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions

The Autism Book:  Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions by S. Jhoanna Robledo and Dawn Ham-Kucharski will help parents, grandparents,  and professionals navigate the highs and lows of the autism diagnosis with easy to read layout and a multi-faceted resource section.  As a grandma, I can easily use this book to help with issues that arise with my grandson with autism.

Finding 'Our' Voices

Finding My Voice, by author and NPR host Diane Rehm, is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009. Fans of her award-winning radio show are sure to enjoy her memoir, but others will also find it inspiring as she recounts numerous and often painful obstacles she's overcome in her personal and professional life.

Getting Healthy Takes Less Time Than You Think

New research shows that even short bursts of exercise a few times a week can be beneficial to overall health.  This is encouraging news for people who don't have the time for the recommended hours of physical activity per week. 

Help for Caregivers

Are you caring for someone with a debilitating illness? If so, you are not alone. According to the 2003 National Alliance of Caregiving/AARP National Caregiver Survey, at least 44.4 million adults provide the care that is so critical in helping friends and loved ones with debilitationg illnesses remain in their homes and other community settings. Find Online support through the National Alliance of Caregiving.

Love Your Heart - it's American Heart Month!

Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack?  How about the best foods to eat to prevent and treat heart disease?  February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to find out how to care for this vital organ.  The American Heart Association has the resources to get y

Shape Up for Spring!

With thoughts of spring upon us, shorts and swimsuit weather is getting near.  Whether you need to drop a few pounds or simply want to get your muscles moving again after a long cold winter, the Wii My Fitness Coach might be just the thing you need.  It offers an exercise program to meet your individual needs right in the comforts of your own home, and it doesn't require the Wii Fit.  You can customize your routine using

New Hope For Postpartum Depression

New research by scientists at the University of California has discovered a potential link between a hormone released by a pregnant woman's body and the liklihood of that new mother developing postpartum depression.  For more information about postpartum depression, read A Deeper Shade of Blue by Ruta Nonacs and Behind the Smile: My Journey Out

Gardening Beneficial to Older Adults

In "Gardening Gives Older Adults Benefits Like Hand Strength and Self-Esteem" researchers at Kansas State University have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape.

Fitness on a leash

Despite our best intentions, this time of year may make it hard to keep up with our walking regimen. It's great to have a workout partner who is always ready to go with you at a moments's notice. Luckily, a lot of us do, our dog!