October is Health Literacy Month

October is health literacy month. Health Literacy is the ability to read, understand, and act upon health information.  According to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information. A large gap exists between the way health care issues are delivered and the ability of most people to understand them.

When you are looking for health information online, MedlinePlus.gov and Magill’s Medical Guide Online are great resources. MedlinePlus.gov is a government website that has health information on every medical topic in easy-to-read format. It’s available in multiple languages, there are also videos, encyclopedias, and drug information.

Magill’s Medical Guide Online is available through JMRL databases, you’ll need to login with your library card number to access it. There’s general health information, including causes and symptoms, and treatments and therapies. You can also print or save articles with Magill’s.

JMRL also has a list of local health resources which includes mental health services and local clinics.

Check out these titles about health and wellness:


Complete Guide to Fitness and Health, edited by Barbara Bushman, PhD.
American College of Sports Medicine’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health merges research-based, scientific information with practical and adaptable plans that you can use. The book provides the reader with simple ways to assess themselves, and then, using insights gained, enhance their exercise programs and make optimal nutrition decisions that fit with their personal goals.

Mayo Clinic A to Z Health Guide, edited by Scott C. Litin, MD.
This is a home reference for the most common conditions.

Know-It-All Medicine, edited by Dr. Gabrielle M. Finn
Fifty crucial milestones, treatments, and technologies in the history of health, each explained in a minute. It takes the reader on an engrossing journey from the first “medicines” to today’s keyhole surgery, bionic limbs, and breakthrough drug treatments. It’s an essential and engaging read for anyone who wants to know more about the contemporary state of medicine, and what the future may hold for medicine and its practitioners.

Books That Will Spark Your Creativity

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Unlock your creative ability by checking out one of these books from your local library:

Creative Quest by Questlove – Offers a guide to creativity composed of creative philosophies, stories, inspiration, and advice from the author’s own life and the numerous mentors and collaborators that he has encountered throughout his career.

Your Creative Career by Anna Sabino – Shows artists and creatives how to build a business that reflects their talent and passion while generating serious cash.

Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory – Intending to help those who want to express themselves creatively but think they don’t have the time, this book presents short artistic exercises that can be done on a plane, at the breakfast table, or during a meeting.

The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett – A marketing expert and CEO of a software analytics firm discusses the true path to commercial success, which involves achieving just the right balance between something novel and something familiar and provides tips and advice on how to get there.

Art Thinking by Amy Whitaker – A guide to working through the difficulties of thinking creatively while trying to get results uses practical ideas and principles from psychology, science, sports, law, business, and technology to help creative thinkers in any field get from Point A to Point B.

Creating Things That Matter by David A. Edwards – A world-renowned inventor, Harvard professor, and creator shares how he discovered a way of creating that transcends disciplines and incorporates the principles of aesthetics to invent things.

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi – The podcaster and radio host argues that boredom is essential in making lives happier and more productive, and includes exercises for bringing about critical and creative thinking.

The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People by Carol Eikleberry – A practical career guide for offbeat, creatively-inclined individuals seeking work that suits their unique skills, talents, and passions.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast-cancer-ribbon-2October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 85 percent of those diagnosed have no family history of cancer. It’s the most common cancer among women, among nearly every racial and ethnic group. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 7,510 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 alone. Approximately 1,090 of these women will die from this disease. Men also get breast cancer- in the United States approximately 2,550 men will be diagnosed this year.

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation offers many resources, including lists of support groups, information about financial resources, and phone and online support. The Every Woman’s Life program, which is a part of the Virginia Department of Health, is a public health program that helps uninsured, low income women gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is giving away breast health guides to anyone who requests one for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here are some titles available at JMRL for more information about breast cancer:
Breast Cancer Clear & Simple: All Your Questions Answered by the American Cancer Society
The New Generation Breast Cancer Book by Elisa Port
The Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors by Edward Bauman