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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Health Resources for You!

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What are your New Year's Resolutions? One of answers that comes up most frequently is to lose weight, especially after indulging in all those great end-of-the-year feasts and sweets! So with health on a lot of minds we thought it would be a great time to show you all the fabulous resources and programs that MCPL offers for free!


Researching Health Topics

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Health information is vast, rapidly changing, and sometimes presents contradictory viewpoints. It must be evaluated critically by the user so it is vitally important to make sure you are getting health information from authoritative sources. We have gathered reliable resources to make this easier for you. The Health and Wellness Resource Center database is a trusted source for articles on health, medicine, and wellness from magazines, journals, and reference books. It includes information on diseases and conditions but also includes trusted health websites and a medical dictionary. Another great source of health information is Consumer Reports on Health which you can access online in our Flipster database. It provides informative articles on health topics and healthy living,

To also help we have gathered a list of trusted health websites. Three of them that I like to use to answer questions are MedlinePlus, the Mayo Clinic's Health Information, and PubMed. MedlinePlus and the Mayo Clinic's Health Information have user-friendly sites and information on health topics and drugs and supplements. PubMed provides a vast array of bio-medical research articles. 


Finding a Doctor

doctorsIf you would like to research doctors that you are interested in seeing based on  years of practice, medical school attended, primary specialty, state of license, and board certification, Reference USA is a good source. You can research physicians' state licences, including disciplinary actions, for Maryland and Washington, D.C. on our health resource guide. To find rated doctors, hospitals, and more have a look in the Washington Consumers' Checkbook, in-library access only.


Finding Health Services

Need health care? You can enroll in Maryland's Official Health Insurance Marketplace the Maryland Health Connection through January 31. Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services also offers many health, disability, and crisis services as well as services specifically target for children, teens, and seniors. InfoMontgomery is also a good resource for finding health services. It is a collaborative effort of public and private agencies to provide information about health and human service resources throughout Montgomery County. Have a look at even more health services.

Exercise and Events

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Want to learn or try some new exercises but don't want to go to a gym? Have a look at our array of exercise DVDs. We have quite a selection of videos on fitness, yoga, tai chi, and more. If you find more motivation in group activities come to one of our engaging and informative library programs on yoga, tai chi, meditation, Alzheimer's, or other health events.

For Kids

A great way to introduce exercise and healthy eating habits is when kids are young. We have a selection of books and websites to get you started. The USDA's Choose My Plate is a good website to start with. It has information, games, activity sheets, online tools, recipes, and more. Don't forget to try our fun exercise DVDs geared toward parents and kids.

At MCPL we are happy to help you get fit, be fit, and stay fit in 2016 and beyond!

Susan 

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