Health & Wellness

Today’s health consumer must know the facts, know the choices, and be the decision maker along with his/her medical professionals in this increasingly complex and information (and misinformation) loaded environment. Health literacy has become vital and most of what we learn about health happens outside of the medical office. Beyond your own health, you may also seek information in order to make informed choices about health care, health insurance, and a healthy environment for the community.

The results are in for HeLPURS, the first ever research study into the relationship between public library use and public health, a partnership between Portland physician Dr. Sam Zager and the Portland Public Library. The results provide evidence that public library use has quantifiable associations with health, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and depression-anxiety disorders. The most dramatic finding is that moderate or higher use of public libraries is associated with tobacco cessation. Individuals who have ever been smokers and who used the library at least moderately – seven or more items checked out per active year – were nearly three times more likely to have successfully quit smoking, compared with smokers who used the library less.

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[ See our original October 2013 post about the launch of the study. ]

Healthy Living

There’s a wealth of health information out there – resources on healthy eating, lifestyle, aging, living with disabilities, and dealing with life’s medical detours and trajectories.  We’ve put together sources and resources to provide you with the help you need and authoritative advice you can use for a healthy you and a healthy community.

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Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law intends to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.

Open Enrollment for 2014 coverage is over. But you may still have options to get health coverage. Click here  to view your options after March 31, 2014. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014.

The library has gathered information for you to learn more about the larger issues and the personal implications of the Affordable Care Act and help you make informed choices. Individuals and small businesses can visit The Health Insurance Marketplace. for more information. You can also call  Opportunity Alliance’s 2-1-1 service to locate sources of assistance.

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Up Next at the Library:
Health Insurance Assistance10:00am - 12:00pm
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Health Insurance Assitance 10:00am - 12:00pm
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From the PPL blog:
October is Health Literacy Month
October is Health Literacy Month! “Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capac   More »
PPL partners with Maine Physician to Show Link Between Public Library Use And Tobacco Cessation
PPL partners with Maine Physician to Show Link Between Public Library Use And Tobacco Cessation   More »
Science of Character – March 20th
Let It Ripple launches the Science of Character, including 8 min film and discussion.   More »
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Health & Science Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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