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Health

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 first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Highlighted book list for April, 2015: New Health Best Sellers.

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PRIDE

Join us in June for Thursday Night Pride Films where we will watch feature films and documentaries focusing on LGBTQ life!

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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 more than two times more likely to have successfully quit smoking, compared with smokers who used the library less.

Listen to Dr. Lisa Belisle’s November 14, 2014 interview with Dr. Sam Zager and PPL Executive Director Steve Podgajny.

updated: November 26, 2014

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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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Do you have questions about Ebola? Here are some links to sites we have found helpful to answer questions, get updates on the current status of the outbreaks, as well as information about the disease and prevention.

For more information:

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Up Next at the Library:
Jul08
Health Care Sign-Up Assistance 10:30am - 12:30pm
meeting room (2)
Jul08
Teen Capoeira Class2:30pm - 3:30pm
Main Library
Jul13
Mindfulness Mondays4:30pm - 5:30pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
A Day to Remember at the Library
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October is Health Literacy Month
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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 »
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Brandie Burrows   Email »
Health Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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