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Librarians, Plan Ahead for April: National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are April 2014 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for two months out.

Still working on Winter? Check out February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and March: Brain Injury Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on Autism Awareness, Organ Donation, or Alcohol Awareness this April? Check out our March 20112012 and 2013 library health programming ideas.

Distracted Driving, and in particular cell phone use while driving, causes accidents that steal the lives of thousands of people each year in the United States alone. In fact, cell phone use is known to be a factor in at least half of all fatal crashes in recent years; the number of fatal accidents in which drivers do not admit cell phone use is unknown. With statistics like these, clearly distracted driving affects every community. The issue of distracted driving has been making national headlines, but more information needs to be shared.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, teen programming ideas, a good book club idea, or ready-to-go publicity tools, bringing Distracted Driving Awareness Month to your library will be easy with this collection of free online resources presented to you here from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Quick and Easy

Featured Resources

Books

Distracted Driving

Trustworthy Online Resources

Tie In: Movie Discussion for Teens or Adults

Seven Pounds
starring Will Smith
Sony Pictures, 2008
About the Movie – From Sony Pictures: “Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Pursuit of Happyness) stars as Ben Thomas, a man at a crossroads searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience. He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance. But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret — even if it means giving up on his plan. From the creators of The Pursuit of Happyness, SEVEN POUNDS is an “emotionally charged, captivating mystery with a soulful, tender love story and a tearful but joyfully inspiring ending” (MOVIEGUIDE®).

Community Resources

Find a speaker, team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

Publicity Resources

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:

Posted on: February 3, 2014, 12:54 pm Category: Uncategorized

Librarians, Plan Ahead for March: Brain Injury Awareness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are March 2014 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for two months out.

Still working on Winter? Check out January:  National Blood Donor Month and February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on Nutrition, Colo-rectal Cancer, or Healthy Vision this March? Check out our March 20112012 and 2013 library health programming ideas.

Why Focus on Brain Injury Awareness?

At least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries happen every year in the United States either alone or along with other injuries. Also, more than 30 percent of all death related injuries in the United States have at least something to do with a Traumatic Brain Injury. With statistics like these, clearly, brain injuries affect every community. The issue of sports, particularly football, related injuries has been making national headlines, but more information about brain injury needs to be shared.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, teen programming ideas, a good book club idea, or ready-to-go publicity tools, bringing Brain Injury Awareness Month to your library will be easy with this collection of free online resources presented to you here from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Quick and Easy

For Children

For Teens and Adults

Featured Resources

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club and Movie Discussion

The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie
by Kim and Krickett Carpenter
B&H Books, 2012

The Vow
Sony Pictures, 2012

About the Book – From the Publisher: “Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

Tie In

Teen Movie Night
The Crash Reel directed by Lucy Walker
HBO, 2013

From HBO:

“In 2009, American snowboarding champion Kevin Pearce was enjoying the most successful competitive season of his career, winning several events and challenging the dominance of his friend-turned-rival, the legendary Shaun White. But on Dec. 31, while riding the slopes of Park City, Utah in final training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma, followed by a long road of adjusting to what would be a lifelong disability.

Directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Lucy Walker, THE CRASH REEL is an exhilarating ride through the world of Pearce, whose story underscores the high stakes for extreme sports stars. This riveting tale takes surprising turns as it follows his close-knit family and friends, drawing on footage filmed over two decades, from 232 different sources, that captures the soul of the sport.”

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

Publicity Resources

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:

Posted on: January 2, 2014, 12:58 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: , ,

Librarians, Plan Ahead for February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are February 2014 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for two months out.

Still working on Winter? Check out December:  AIDs and HIV Awareness Month and January:  National Blood Donor Month. Is your library focusing on National Heart MonthChildren’s Dental Health Awareness Month, or American Heart Month this February? Check out our February 2011, 2012 and 2013 library health programming ideas.

Why Focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness?

Teen dating violence is a problem in every community in this country. One-third of all teens and young adults are victims of some kind of dating violence, whether physical, emotional, sexual, or digital – a rate that is much higher than any other type of teen violence. Sadly, only one-third of victims ever tell anyone and most teens and adults aren’t aware that dating violence is such a significant issue for teens. Clearly, an information gap exists, but fortunately with Valentine’s Day a big focus, February is set aside for Teen Dating Violence Awareness.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, teen programming ideas, a good book club idea, or ready-to-go publicity tools, bringing Teen Violence Awareness Month to your library will be easy with this collection of free online resources presented to you here from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Quick and Easy

For Teens

Featured Resources

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Penguin, 2000

From the Publisher: Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she’s in too deep to get herself out.”

Tie In: Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Host a Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at your library, and tie in Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

Publicity Resources

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:

Posted on: December 2, 2013, 4:29 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: , , , ,

Librarians, Plan Ahead for January: National Blood Donor Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are January 2014 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for two months out.

Still working on Early Winter? Check out  November: National Family Caregivers Month and December:  AIDs and HIV Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on Maintaining a Healthy Weight or Exercise and Fitness this January? Check out our January 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs donated blood to survive or to thrive. To meet this demand 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.  January is an especially difficult month for the nation’s blood supply. As the heart of winter, January is cold, snowy, and icy, lending to a decreased blood supply and an increased blood demand because the winter weather keeps many blood donors home, and at the same time traffic accidents increase, causing a higher demand for donated blood. Appropriately, January is set aside as a National Blood Donor Month.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, information about how to schedule and promote a blood drive at your library, or a good book club idea, bringing National Blood Donor Month to your library will be easy with this collection of free online resources presented to you here from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: ready to print coloring and activity pages for children, and a quiz for adults
  • Featured Resources: links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: a book club idea
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Blood Donor Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: interactive quizzes, computer games, and more

Quick and Easy

For Children

For Adults

Featured Resources

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
Warner Books, 1985

Originally published in French, City of Joy is the story of an American doctor who finds hope in a brutally poor slum in Calcutta, India. The story weaves together the experiences of a Polish priest, the American doctor, and an impoverished rickshaw driver who devotes his life to saving enough money for his daughter’s dowry. Among other things, he donates his blood for money.

A movie adaptation of the book, starring Patrick Swayze was released in 1992.

Review from Library Journal:

“What irony that one of Calcutta’s most devastating slums should be known as Anand Nagar, ‘the City of Joy.’ By interweaving impressionistic glimpses from the lives of a French priest, a rickshaw driver, and an American doctor, Lapierre creates a searing vision of the struggle for survival, the flashing violence, and the social and cultural practices of the slum. His theme that from human misery can emerge joy might seem to some readers as a bogus acceptance of a terrible evil. Yet Lapierre’s narrative slides skillfully in and out of both history and fiction to create an effective but horrible montage of disease, death, and destruction amid elements of charity, hope, and love. The City of Joy should elicit strong reactions from readers. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club alternates. John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant.”

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

Publicity Resources

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:

Posted on: November 8, 2013, 3:50 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: , ,

Online Prescription Drug Saftey Tips from the FDA

October is Talk about Prescriptions Month, and the Food and Drug Administration wants you to know that medications purchased from some online pharmacies can be dangerous or even deadly. This message is from their newsletter.

The FDA is committed to protecting consumers from unlicensed “fake” online pharmacies. Visit BeSafeRx and watch the short video featuring FDA’s Health Fraud Coordinator Gary Coody explaining how to avoid unsafe online pharmacies.

Illegal online pharmacies are unlicensed and often allow you to buy drugs without a prescription, offer discounts or cheap prices that seem too good to be true, and send unsolicited email or other spam offering medicines. Products purchased from these pharmacies could be counterfeit, expired, or may contain ingredients that can harm you.

BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy is designed to help identify fake online pharmacies, the risks of purchasing from them, and how to find one that’s safe and legal. In addition to the “how to” video, BeSafeRx provides other helpful tools such as an interactive map for finding licensed sites where you can safely buy medicine, fact sheets, digital toolkits, a patient discussion guide, and other materials.

During Talk about Prescriptions Month and always, keep yourself and those you love safe by visiting the BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy Web site before buying medicines online. Don’t put your health at risk.

Posted on: October 25, 2013, 12:55 pm Category: Health Information Resources Tagged with: , , ,