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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.

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The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Teen and Health libraries of PPL invite teens and adults to join us for a timely conversation about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the “new classic” YA novel by Jay Asher, which recently marked its 10th anniversary in print

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Death Cafes are not grief sessions or bereavement groups, but rather interesting and inviting gatherings held around the world to increase awareness of the importance of making the most of this life as we ponder what we know of death. 

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The next Open Enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 1, 2016 for coverage starting on January 1, 2017. This page will provide information and resources on how to enroll and what to expect.

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Community Health Fair on Tuesday, October 18th from 5-7pm in Rines auditorium in the lower level of the Portland Public Library. The Health Fair is free and open to the public and will provide education on common chronic illnesses such as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, balance disorders, depression, and more. There will also be a career discussion panel beginning at 5pm. Free blood pressure and balance screenings will be availablethroughout the night.

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Our health resources are meant to aid in your online research and learning. To access our online resources, you will need your library card number. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the reference department at 871-1700 x725.


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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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Up Next at the Library:
Teen Snack Chat: 13 Reasons Why4:00pm - 5:00pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
Community Forum: 13 Reasons Why5:30pm - 6:30pm
Rines Auditorium
Death Cafe5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
Portland Public Library awarded “Bridging Health Information Gaps at the Public Library” Grant
Portland Public Library receives $50,000 grant for health information initiative.   More »
Language Lounge: English for Everyone
In our Language Lounge today, we are looking at a new program called English for Everyone.   More »
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