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Have a Healthy New Year

Posted by on January 3rd, 2019 Posted in: Health Literacy/Consumer Health
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Every new year we begin with the resolution to exercise, to diet, to have peace of mind- to be healthier. In books stores and public libraries, exercise and diet books and other media fly off the shelf. Gyms and health studios become crowded with new members. An array of exercise equipment is purchased or brought out from storage. And the kitchen pantry and refrigerator is suddenly cleared of junk food and filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s an annual tradition.

Want some cheaper tools and tips? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government and organizations provide a variety of freely available tools to help you and your communities work towards healthier lifestyles.

MedlinePlus offers several tools:

  • The Health and Wellness section of Health Topics provides information about diets and exercise, healthy living, and keeping mentally healthy.
  • The Heart-Healthy Recipe of the Week provides information on how to prepare a healthy recipe each week that is limited in salt and fat and yet tasty. Information about time to prep and cook are provided as well as nutritional information.
  • A number of videos, quizzes and games can aid in engaging in your health where awareness and education can increase consumer health knowledge.
  • Subscribe to MedlinePlus Magazine or provide a link for easy access. This quarterly free magazine provides updates of important NIH research as well as information about health consumers can use.

The National Institutes of Health provides some great tools as well:

Other free resources include:

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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