‘Tis the Season to Track Your Health at the Library

This year your library can help you avoid a few unpleasant holiday traditions (no we’re not talking about the traffic on Wanamaker). Whether it’s overeating or stressing out, gauge what toll the holidays are taking on you with a visit to the library.

Come in and inform yourself of some numbers that may be vital to your health. Check your weight, BMI and blood pressure in our Health Information Neighborhood (take a photo tour here). The neighborhood concept pulls related materials together in one place for your browsing convenience.

Located in the west wing of the library, the Health Information Neighborhood offers a semi-private cubby where you’ll find a digital scale and blood pressure machine. It’s so convenient to check your health statistics while you are picking up your library books.

About one in three adults has high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the U.S. High blood pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realize they have it. You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure or to treat it if it is already high. Losing weight may be one of those steps. About 66 percent of adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese.

Don’t delay; visit the library today. With more than 5,000 titles on health and wellness, including exercise DVDs, there’s certain to be something that suits your needs. Want a tour of the collection and more information regarding your diagnosis? Make an appointment with our Consumer Health Librarian. Click here to schedule a visit with a librarian.

The library provides health-related events for the community on an ongoing basis. An upcoming can’t-miss program, For the Love of Babies: A NICU Doctor’s Stories, is an author talk by Dr. Sue Hall, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Stormont-Vail. It’s Jan. 8. See listing in connectnow for details.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.