Health

February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, almost half of all adults have some sort of cardiovascular disease. It's an alarming statistic. Cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, according to the American Heart Association. Here's some books to help motivate you to help keep your heart healthy! 

Heart disease remains the number one killer of women, outpacing breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke, with one in four women receiving a diagnosis in her lifetime. And the problem is only getting worse. Dr. Mark Menolascino has been on the front lines of cardiac research for most of his life, running a highly successful clinic where he takes a holistic, personalized approach to reversing disease and jump-starting health. Most of his patients are women struggling with symptoms and illnesses that stem from the most important, life-giving organ in the body: the heart. In Heart Solution for Women, Dr. Menolascino explores the many ways our hearts are the pathway to overall health. While the classic risk factors for heart disease--obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, and poor diet--are critical components, symptoms of the disease manifest differently in women's bodies and can go misdiagnosed for years. They include depression, anxiety and panic attacks, poor sleep, and widespread pain, and can be masked during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and menopause only to appear with great force later in life. Featuring the latest research on gut, brain, and hormone health and including answers to the most common heart-health misunderstandings, Heart Solution for Women finally gives women the tools to succeed, feel great in their bodies, and add years to their lives.

Metabolic Syndrome: As the modern Western lifestyle spreads around the globe, so too does metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of symptoms that increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other conditions. The good news: metabolic syndrome can be tamed by a sensible program of exercise, natural foods, stress management, and quality sleep. In this concise and lively book, Dr. Pankaj Vij distills a mass of medical research into a simple, effective program for high energy and vibrant health. Avoiding fads and gimmicks, he provides practical advice, case studies of ordinary people, and brief sections that debunk common medical myths.

As the new year begins, one of the many promises we make to ourselves is to choose healthier food options and stay in better shape. For busy families, that can be a challenge. Not sure which diet plan is fits your lifestyle? The U.S. News and World Report rated the best diets overall and the Mediterranean Diet was ranked first. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, plant-based oils, and lean proteins. Interested? Here's some books to help bring your family to the dinner table!

The DASH diet has been a staple of the dieting world, recommended by doctors, nutritionists, and crowned the US News and World Report's #1 best diet for 8 years in a row. But popular tastes and medical guidelines have evolved, and THE Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution presents a new approach to the time tested diet program that highlights the benefits of whole foods. Marla Heller, MS RD has overhauled the DASH plan to reflect the latest, cutting-edge research on hypertension, diabetes, depression, and other health issues that impact millions of Americans. Meal planning gets a new focus on unprocessed foods (less sugar free Jello, more fresh fruits!), seafood options, and even a whole section examining vegan and vegetarian choices. Filled with four weeks of menus and tons of strategies and research, THE Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution offers readers a new approach to their best health the DASH diet way.

This book brings the Mediterranean into the home kitchen, with 600 recipes for everyday cooking. The Mediterranean diet is known for being one of the healthiest in the world, with benefits ranging from cancer prevention to improved brain function. The diet also boasts food appeal, with its fresh, high-quality ingredients and extraordinary flavors. Although the diet has been around for decades, it has recently experienced a burst of renewed popularity.

It's the New Year and the right time to press the reset button. But New Year's resolutions have a way of losing their staying power over time. Try focusing instead on making achievable goals like choosing healthier food options or adding more physical fitness to your weekly routines. The library can help spark your goals with these new additions to the health collection or check out one of our Experience to Go kits like Small Steps--Get Healthy! 

For generations, women have been convinced that true happiness only comes when we hit that goal weight, shrink ourselves down, and change ourselves to fit a rigid and unrealistic beauty ideal. We've been taught to see our bodies as collections of problems that need to be fixed. Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe is determined to spread the word that loving the body you have is the real path to happiness. An international body positive guru with fans in all corners of the world, Megan spent years battling eating disorders and weight fluctuations before she found her way to body positivity. She quit dieting, discovered a new kind of confidence, and replaced all those old feelings of body shame and self-recrimination with everyday joy. Free of the pressure to fit in a size 2, her life became more satisfying than ever before. In her debut book, Megan shares her own struggles with self-acceptance and her path to body positivity. With whip-smart wit and a bold attitude that lights up her Instagram feed, Megan champions a new worldview for all of us: It's time to stop dieting and get on with your life.

Reboot Your Health starts with a comprehensive and bespoke health assessment. From inexpensive and simple tests you can do yourself (sleep, saliva/urine pH, bowel habits, blood pressure, candida etc.) and tests you can ask your doctor or pharmacist for (thyroid, cholesterol, vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, inflammatory markers etc.) readers will start to benchmark their own body against a range of "normal" - including heart rate, BMI and metabolic rate. Solutions can then be pick-and-mixed from a range of conventional medical solutions, scientifically backed Western complementary and alternative approaches, Eastern medical techniques, and psychological therapies and healing modalities. If you're still not well, further chapters offer advice on other options to pursue, including specialist tests. This book gives you the tools to listen to your body, collect information, take practical steps to get you feeling better and more in touch with your own body, and avoid future illness.

Curious about the Keto craze? A lot of people are. It was one of the top trending Google health-related searches of 2018. Keto is short for ketogenic. It's a diet that's high in fats, moderate in proteins, and low in carbs. U.S. News and World Report ranked it as one of the year's 10 best weight loss plans. Before trying any new diet, please consult a physician. Want to know more? Check out some of our Keto books in the cooking and health collection. 

The ketogenic diet isn't just a great tool for helping people lose weight and feel their best; it's also an extremely effective method for treating the common diseases of civilization. The Keto Cure will give readers the prescription they need to heal their bodies by eating plenty of fat and moderating protein and carbs. Dr. Adam Nally has been advocating a low-carb, high-fat diet in his clinical practice for more than fifteen years, helping people address their health problems by making better food choices. Dr. Nally and bestselling low-carb author and podcaster Jimmy Moore have worked together to create a top-50 health podcast espousing the benefits of eating keto. Now, for the first time, Dr. Nally has teamed up with Moore to take his years of clinical experience, put everything down on paper, and create a how-to guide that details all the ways in which the ketogenic diet can help remedy common ailments. The Keto Cure details the science behind the keto diet's effectiveness at treating a wide range of diseases… The Keto Cure also outlines practical tips gleaned from Dr. Nally's fifteen-plus years in medical practice, as well as Moore's ten-plus years as a health and wellness podcaster, on overcoming the common pitfalls that people experience when adapting to a high-fat way of eating, including fatigue and keto flu. This helpful information, combined with a wide variety of delicious keto recipes from international bestselling cookbook author Maria Emmerich, makes The Keto Cure a complete resource for healing oneself with the ketogenic diet.

Everything can be made keto! That's the message that food bloggers Matt Gaedke and Megha Barot want to deliver with their new book, Keto Made Easy. No more missing out on classics or favourite dishes, no more added costs with exotic new ingredients - in Keto Made Easy, Matt and Megha show you how to re-create non-keto recipes in easy, cost-effective, and delicious ways.

As one of America's leading geriatric psychiatrists, Dr. Marc Agronin sees both the sickest and the healthiest of seniors. He observes what works to make their lives better and more purposeful and what doesn't. Many authors can talk about aging from their particular vantage points, but Dr. Agronin is on the front lines as he counsels and treats elderly individuals and their loved ones on a daily basis. The latest scientific research and Dr. Agronin's first-hand experience are brilliantly distilled in The End of Old Age--a call to no longer see aging as an implacable enemy and to start seeing it as a developmental force for enhancing well-being, meaning, and  longevity. Throughout The End of Old Age, the focus is squarely on "So what does this mean for me and my family?" In the final part of the book, Dr. Agronin provides simple but revealing charts that you can fill out to identify, develop, and optimize your unique age-given strengths. It's nothing short of an action plan to help you age better by improving how you value the aging process, guide yourself through stress, and find ways to creatively address change for the best possible experience and outcome.

Don't just live longer- live better! Everyone wants to feel fitter, sexier, more energetic, more productive, and younger-but what if the solutions were already here? What if there were already ways to ease the negative effects of aging and prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease from ever starting? What if we could translate all the exotic science and research breakthroughs of today into a practical plan that could help us win the war on aging? Here's the truth- We can. The Fountain is a sensible, comprehensive, and scientifically based anti-aging guide packed with essential information. With actionable advice, biting humor, and savvy insight, Dr. Rocco Monto, a top national health expert and board-certified orthopedic surgeon, explains why we age so poorly now and how the latest breakthroughs in science and medicine can help change this. Focusing on the four pillars of science, diet, exercise, and medicine, Dr. Monto's findings interlace the clinical and the cultural and suggest that simple choices provide profound results. Debunking long-held diet and fitness myths while highlighting safe, effective therapies backed by cutting-edge research, Dr. Monto includes the diet, supplements, exercise, mental training, and new medications to help us all live longer, happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Much more than a compilation of longevity research, The Fountain is an essential toolkit that will redesign lifestyles and forever transform the way we look at aging. As the book blends fascinating stories with new research findings, illustrations, infographics, and exclusive interviews, it also educates you on how aging really works and provides practical ways to hack the system.

The first book to open up a real conversation about aging. What has the experience of getting older felt like for you? It seems that life's milestones pass by in a flash: graduating from school, landing your first job, getting married, having kids. Most people look forward to these events and have some expectations about what each life milestone will be like. But what about when you get older? How can you continue to live fully in your sixties, seventies, and beyond? Linda K. Stroh and Karen K. Brees asked nearly one thousand older people about the challenges and joys of growing older and compiled their collective wisdom into this must-have book! Full of advice and stories from a wide variety of older people, Getting Real about Getting Older examines love, loss, and changing identities, and will help you take control of your concerns about aging and experience wisdom and joy as an older adult.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Children Dancing in Costumes

Enjoy a half hour of tunes that will make you want to grab a dance partner and get on your feet. Intended particularly for caregivers with new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun together and build gross motor skills. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, February 26 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Saturday, March 30 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room

Diabetes is a growing national health crisis. It's a serious disease where the body's ability to regulate blood glucose is impaired. There's no cure, but it can be managed through diet, exercise, and medication to control blood sugar levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or are pre-diiabetic (a condition if untreated leads to type 2 diabetes). Diabetes can be prevented. See your doctor to learn how to reduce your risk. Here are some new resources in the collection to help you with diabetes management. 

Dr. Jason Fung forever changed the way we think about obesity with his best-selling book, The Obesity Code. Now he has set out to do the same for type 2 diabetes. Today, most doctors, dietitians, and even diabetes specialists consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease--a life sentence with no possibility of parole. But the truth, as Dr. Fung reveals in this paradigm-shifting book, is that type 2 diabetes is reversible. Writing with clear, persuasive language, he explains why conventional treatments that rely on insulin or other blood-glucose-lowering drugs can actually exacerbate the problem, leading to significant weight gain and even heart disease. The only way to treat type 2 diabetes effectively, he argues, is proper dieting and intermittent fasting--not medication.

Prediabetes can be scary, but it's also an opportunity--an opportunity to "reset," to improve your health, and to get yourself in better shape than ever. Let Prediabetes: A Complete Guide show you how! Nearly 10 million people in the United States have been told by their doctor that they have prediabetes, with tens of millions more estimated to have prediabetes and not know it. In fact, the latest numbers from the CDC suggest that nearly 1 in 3 adults currently have either prediabetes or diabetes. These are alarming numbers, and finding out that you are that one out of three can be even more alarming. Shock, denial, and confusion are not uncommon reactions. But there is a flipside to learning you have prediabetes. It's scary, but it also means you've caught the condition just in time, before it's too late. Prediabetes does not mean you will develop diabetes. There are actions you can take to improve your health. Prediabetes: A Complete Guide, will reveal to you in detail what these actions are are and empower you to find the healthy eating and lifestyle changes that work best for you to help you achieve your health goals.

Are you looking to study for your nursing entrance exam? Not sure where to start? Learning Express is a free test prep database that can help you study for the biology, chemistry, reading, and math exams. Simply create an account and you will be able to sign up for the classes. In addition to the test prep, there is also an e-book that will provide you with the information you need to succeed. 

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June is National Dairy Month! Americans love dairy products. We consume about 275 pounds of milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream a year! Consuming dairy products helps maintain healthy bones, teeth and gums throughout our lives. Nutrients found in dairy products include calcium, protein, potassium and vitamins. Want to learn more? Visit Maybury Farm in Northville where you can meet farm animals and learn about farming. And check out some amazing books about all things dairy and dairy substitutes! 

A wide-ranging history of a surprisingly controversial form of nourishment. Milk, from humans and a variety of animals, is the subject of the latest enthusiastic investigation by the prolific Kurlansky (Paper: Paging Through History, 2016, etc.), winner of the James Beard Award and Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, among other accolades. For 10,000 years, milk has been "the most argued-over food in human history," the author asserts, with experts opining about whether milk was fit for human consumption, whether babies should be breast-fed (and by whom—their own mothers or wet nurses), which mammal produced the best milk, whether milk should be pasteurized and homogenized, how cows should be raised and milked, and what effects such interventions as hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified crops have on the milk we consume. Although many cultures feature milk-based creation myths, breast-feeding has long been a source of contention. Excavations of ancient Roman gravesites have turned up baby milk bottles, indicating that some babies were artificially fed. In the Middle Ages, artificial feeding was common, with numerous recipes for baby formulas; in 1816, one writer advised that babies should be suckled on goats, setting off a trend throughout Europe. Also popular was the employment of wet nurses, who often became live-in domestics. The choice of wet nurse was not simple: Many believed that the baby would inherit the nurse's disposition and traits; one doctor recommended that "a brunette with her first child, which should be a boy" made the ideal wet nurse. Especially in cities, spoilage, unclean udders, and unsanitary dairies caused illness and a great number of infant deaths. Pasteurization was a solution, but consumers complained about the taste. Debate about the safety of raw milk, much prized by cheese makers and organic farmers, still rages. Kurlansky looks at the production of milk and its uses in liquid and solid form (yogurt, butter, cheese, ice cream, pudding) around the world throughout history and into the present.Chock-full of fascinating details and more than 100 recipes.

The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese a year, and physician and veganism advocate Barnard (Power Foods for the Brain) asserts that giving it up could be a route to improved overall health. Cheese, he warns, is an essentially unhealthy product-filled with fat, cholesterol, and sodium-and has addictive properties as well. Despite an overly alarmist tone, Barnard is effective in explaining how the "ultimate processed food" is manufactured, and, with plenty of statistics to hand, why it isn't healthful. To this end, he raises the array of medical problems potentially associated with dairy or obesity. Barnard's antidote is a standard plant-based food plan. Readers can eschew cheese and create healthier versions of favorite foods by following 70 recipes developed by vegan cookbook author Dreena Burton for meals, snacks, and desserts. The book also lists versatile cheese replacements employing nut butters, non-dairy plant milks, coconuts, and soy. 

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