Health Literacy Month: 3 ways to take charge of your health

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes

October is the best! Apples, pumpkins, and crisp weather are back, and I am enjoying the change in the weather.

Also, October is Health Literacy Month, a time to recognize the importance of making health information easy to understand and the healthcare system easier to navigate.

Did you know that the library has a lot of resources and programs relating to health information? Below find library resources to help you on your health and wellness journey all month long, and beyond:

3 ways to take charge of your health, with help from your library

1. Explore Consumer Health Complete

I encourage you to check it out and explore Consumer Health Complete, an online resource that covers health and wellness topics—everything from mainstream medicine to holistic healing.

2. Sign up now for health & wellness events

I also want to highlight all of the great health programs at the library. The newest monthly wellness program that I love is a sound bath meditation. Have you attended one? Sound bath meditations use sounds, such as Tibetan singing bowls, to create vibrations that reverberate throughout the body. They are both peaceful and restorative and occur at the Main Library monthly.

The open enrollment period for Medicare is October 15-December 7. If you are new to Medicare or have questions about your plan and options, attend one of our upcoming Medicare Educational Seminars during open enrollment. 

3. Start a healthy habit

Lastly, I want to encourage you to pick up one healthy habit this month. Maybe start your mornings with five minutes of stretching, or drink one more glass of water each day, or even take more breaks throughout your day and prioritize rest.

One of my favorite healthy activities is taking long walks with my dog, which has so many benefits such as:

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • Stronger bones and improved balance

Whether you plan to attend an upcoming health and wellness program at the library, explore the Consumer Health Complete online resource, or pick up a new healthy habit, I hope that you enjoy this month and find something that brings you health and joy! 

About Rose

Rose is an Adult Services Librarian specializing in health and senior services. She is a passionate reader, baker, and explorer who is always planning her next adventure.