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Older Adults: Go4Life January 2012

The American Library Association has joined the National Institutes of Health promoting Go4Life. Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help individuals fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.

Older & wiser workout [videodisc]: for active older adults by with Sue Grant; produced by FitFlix Productions

Lilias! yoga: your guide to enhancing body, mind, and spirit in midlife and beyond by Lilias Folas

Vital Signs: How Health Works

real heartThe University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three fun family workshops about science. This year, to tie in with their temporary exhibition at the Museum called Evolution and Health (February 2012-January 2013), they are focusing on showing families what doctors mean when they talk about health, and how factors in our daily lives may affect our health.

We invite you to register for the first workshop in the series titled How YOU work: What are you made of and what do your vital signs mean?. The event takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will explore what makes you who you are. You'll look at the building blocks that make our bodies (cells and DNA), figure out what the numbers doctors talk about really tell you, and see how it all works together. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins December 31 at 9:00am.

Zumba

In partnership with Canton Township's 100 Days of Health and as a part of our multicultural programming, please join us for another lively, fun, heartpounding session of Zumba. We'll be burning off those holiday calories on January 28 at 11:00 AM in the Community Room.

Wage Protection for Home Care Workers

The Obama administration proposed regulations on Thursday, December 15 to give the nation’s nearly two million home care workers minimum wage and overtime protections. Those workers have long been exempted from coverage. According to the federal government, six million of the 40 million Americans older than 65 now need some form of daily assistance to live outside a nursing home. That number, government officials say, is expected to double to 12 million by 2030.

Best Health Books in 2011

Selected and reviewed by Library Journal contributors, here is their list of the best health books of the year:

The mommy docs' ultimate guide to pregnancy and birth by Yvonne Bohn [et al.]

The diabetes manifesto: take charge of your life by Lynn Crowe, Julie Stachowiak

The buena salud guide for a healthy heart by Jane L. Delgado; foreword by John C. Lewin

Zumba for Adults

In partnership with Canton Township's 100 Days of Health and as a part of our multicultural programming, please join us for a lively, fun, heartpounding session of Zumba. We'll be burning off those holiday calories on January 21 at 11:00 AM in the Community Room.

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

It was nearly a year ago when a tragic shooting took place at a political event in Tuscan, Arizona. Six people died and many more were wounded, including first time congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. She was horribly wounded with little chance of survival, let alone recovery. This is the extraordinarily moving story of public service, love, strength, hope and the long, hard road toward recovery as told by Gabby Giffords, her space shuttle commander husband, Mark Kelly and author and Wall Street Journal columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow.

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope by Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, and Jeffrey Zaslow

Evelyn Lauder, Breast Cancer Activist

Evelyn Lauder, the longtime breast cancer activist who helped to create the pink ribbon as the symbol of the fight against the disease, died November 12 at the age of 75. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1936, she came to the United States as a young child when her parents fled from the Nazis. The family settled in New York where she met her future husband, Leonard Lauder, whose parents owned a small cosmetics firm. She eventually went to work with at her mother-in-law Estee Lauder's company which today has revenues of nearly $2.5 billion. During her long career Evelyn was instrumental in developing and marketing new products, including Clinique. She was also a leading philanthropist and became very involved in the fight against breast cancer.

Air Quality for 48188

National Public Radio (NPR) posted an interactive map, searchable by zip code and/or city, that allows you to find out who has been emitting hazardous chemicals into the air. The map lists more than 17,000 facilities nationwide. The color-coded dots and scores of one to five smoke stacks are based on an EPA method of assessing potential health risks. You can zoom into your neighborhood by clicking on the map or use the search box in the upper right hand corner to find your area of interest. You can even look at the full EPA reports on selected facilities.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

10 Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays

For many older adults the holidays can be highly stressful, confusing, or even depressing if their mental, physical and emotional needs are not taken into account. Senior Living offers 10 Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays and make the holidays more joyful for the whole family.

Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin

As the winter season approaches, Michigan gets on average 36% of sunshine compared to 66% in the summer months. Vitamin D plays an important role in our overall health. In today's USA Weekend, you'll find an article about the benefits of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin," and you can check out, Vitamin D for Dummies, from our health collection.

Prescription Take Back Day, October 29th

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired or unused drugs and are wondering what to do with them? Safely dispose of them on Saturday October 29th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Canton Township Police Department. Help keep the water supply clean and at the same time stop dangerous medications from being accidentally consumed or stolen. The free event  is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and this week's Red Ribbon activities.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

Welcome to the J600-699 Collection

What kind of dog do you wish you had? How fast does a Corvette really go? What does the inside of the human body look like? If you have ever asked yourselves these questions and more, then you should definitely visit the J600-699 collection in the Children's Section. This is the nonfiction collection that is chock full of cats, cars, pets, cooking, gardening, health, body parts, and so much more. See you in the stacks!

Michigan's Harvest: Food, Farming & Community

Michigan HarvestMichigan's Harvest: Food, Farming & Community is taking place from September 24 to November 20, 2011 at the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College. You'll find exhibits, presentations and activities on a variety of food topics including Michigan's agricultural heritage, modern methods of food production, and the local foods movement. Most events are free but require pre-registration.

CVS Offers Flu Shots Today!

CVS Pharmacy is offering flu shots at the Canton Public Library on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Wednesday, October 19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If you have health insurance with a major company, your shot is free. If not, you will pay $29.99 and receive a $5 gift card back from CVS. This is the combo shot protecting you and your loved ones from H1N1 as well as this year's strain of Flu. Let's all stay healthy this winter and get our flu shots… at Canton Public Library.

Vegetarian Awareness Month Program

Do you know what the following people have in common? Diogenes, the Greek philosopher to Ben Franklin, founding father, to actors Emily Deschanel and Brad Pitt to singer Alanis Moressette?  They are all vegetarians!  Find out about the vegetarian life style when we celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month with the folks from VegMichigan on Saturday, October 22 at 12 noon.  Why do they do it?  It's a healthier, greener and more humane way to live your life.  Come learn why.   

Get Your Flu Shot Here

Two Canton CVS pharmacies will hold flu vaccination clinics at the Canton Public Library in October: on Saturday, October 15 (9:00 AM-1:00 PM) and Wednesday, October 19 (9:00 AM-3:00 PM). The combined vaccination will cover the H1N1 virus and the current season's flu strain.

Those with insurance coverage will receive their shots without charge (no co-pay) if they fill out and return consent forms in advance. Forms are available at the library's Reception Desk and may be returned there. Please give the form to the Receptionist and indicate the clinic date of your choice.

Cost without insurance will be $29.99, payable by cash or check; you will receive a $5 CVS gift card. Reservations are neither accepted nor necessary. This is not a library sponsored program.

Conquering Your Pain the Holistic Way

The Doctor is In! Please join us on Thursday, September 29 from 7:00-8:00PM in the Purple Room for a special presentation, Conquering Your Pain the Holistic Way, by Livonia's own "Dr. Phil," Dr. Philip Hoehn, DC, CCSP. Learn how chiropractic care can provide a healthy and natural approach to relieving pain from sports injuries and other ailments.