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Health and Wellness
October is Health Literacy Month! What does it mean for you? It means that we encourage you to seek reliable sources for health information, not snake oil salesmen!
First stop: National Library of Medicine!
October is also the month we’ve started our series “Everyone Welcome At the Table,” funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners).
Your health literacy is important to us.
What is Health Literacy?
The Institute of Medicine defines Health Literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
Why Is It So Important to Be Health Literate?
Health literacy is essential for successful access to care and use of services, self-care of chronic conditions, and maintenance of health and wellness. Health literacy is fundamental to healthcare that requires individuals to have a more active role in decisions and management.
How Can You Improve Your Health Literacy?
1. Ask questions. …
2. Repeat information back to your doctor or nurse. …
3. Bring all of your medicines to your next doctor’s visit. …
4. Have another adult with you. …
5. Let the doctor’s office know you need an interpreter if you don’t speak or understand English very well. …
Ask Me 3: Good Questions for Your Good Health
Ask Me 3® is an educational program that encourages patients and families to ask three specific questions of their providers to better understand their health conditions and what they need to do to stay healthy.
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
Designed by health literacy experts, Ask Me 3 is intended to help patients become more active members of their health care team, and provide a critical platform to improve communications between patients, families, and health care professionals.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement / National Patient Safety Foundation
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Ask Me 3 is a registered trademark licensed to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
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Improve your health and your life through nutrition and exercise. Create nutrition and health goals to motivate you to become a healthier you. Make meaningful, lasting changes to your diet that actually last. Topics of discussion include:
- the importance of incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet
- the difference between good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates
- the importance of fiber and protein in your diet
- the difference between “LDL” and “HDL” cholesterol
- the health benefits of calcium and vitamins
- the health hazards of being underweight or overweight and ways to change your weight
- the benefits of exercise and ways to encourage motivation
- tips on stress reduction
- the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance
- and much more!
Incorporate healthy nutrition and exercise habits in your routine so that you can be healthier, have more energy, and feel great!
More health & nutrition courses include:
– Nutrition 201: A Closer Look
– Weight Loss Management
– Weight Training 101
– Childhood Obesity
– Diabetes 101
– Health Education 101
– Cooking and Baking 101
Lifetime Wellness 101
Health is defined as an optimal state of physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well being. The same explanation applies to wellness. It’s like that old saying “You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.”
This Lifetime Wellness course will give you a blueprint to help you feel alive, vital, confident and experience a state of well-being. In this course, you’ll learn:
- how to tune in to the messages your body is sending you
- to take charge of your body composition
- ways to nourish your body with fitness
- about weight and diet
- the importance of exercise to maintain good health
- new ways to define yourself, not only by past accomplishments, but by the possibilities you create for the future
- the tools to create a lifetime of fulfillment at any age
Get the jump on nutrition by making good choices. New is only new for a day but personal growth never quits.
More health & wellness courses include:
– Stress Management
– Relaxation 101
– Meditation 101: Learn How to Meditate
– Yoga 101
– Anti Aging Techniques
– The Art of Breathing
– Healing Affirmations
– Emotional Healing 101
– Anxiety Therapy 101
– Depression Management
– Drug and Alcohol Abuse 101
– Anger Management 101
– How to Quit Smoking
– Pursuing Happiness: Successful Strategies
– Building Self-Esteem
– Building Self-Esteem in Children
Browse the Universal Class Course Catalog and learn something new today!!
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