NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - February 2020

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February 2020

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NNLM Reading Club: Heart Health

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is largely preventable. There are many things people can do to reduce their risk: exercise, make healthy food choices, and also visit their healthcare provider regularly. February is American Heart Month, but any time is a good time to help raise awareness about heart disease and prevention.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Heart Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding  resources. Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

Heart Health

CHIS Spotlight - Edmund Balzer

Edmund Blazer

Position: Adult Services Librarian
Institution: Morton Grove Public Library

Please share a few sentences about your position and what you do. 
I am an Adult Services librarian and the volunteer coordinator at the Morton Grove Public Library. I am also in charge of our Healthy Living initiative and have taught classes on health topics as well as brought in outside presenters.

Why did you want to receive Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?
As the librarian in charge of our Healthy Living initiative, I wanted to make sure I had access to the best knowledge and resources I could in order to provide quality service to our patrons.

How have you used what you learned in NNLM CHIS courses in your work?
Through my CHIS courses, I have gained ideas for programs and classes as well as learned about resources I can use for our library patrons. One popular new feature I've added since starting these classes has been a wall with free publication from the NIH and NNLM about various health topics.

Why do you feel providing health information is important to your work/community
Many people, especially in an aging community, can be hesitant to ask about health topics or have no idea where to begin to look for reputable health information. My goal has been to provide access to reputable information within the library and to provide them with the tools they need to seek out reputable health information on their own.

Any tips or advice you have for someone interested in taking classes to achieve CHIS?
Find the classes that fit with your community needs. There are many classes out there that are excellent tools for every community and there are classes that really focus on specific topics. Evaluate your community and try to match the classes you take with what will be most beneficial to them. If possible, reach out to local hospitals and clinics to see what resources they provide, this will help you determine what your community's health needs are.

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities: Upcoming Course

Join us this March for Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities, a free, two-week, instructor-led course, to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. Register here!

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February NIH News in Health 

Check out the February 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Taking Care of Us: Inreach for Library Staff
February 27th   I   11:00am - 12:00pm CT

Stressed out? Notice you are taking more sick days than usual or have less enthusiasm or energy than normal? Whether you are knotted up over work, personal issues, climate change, or politics, it seems like there are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed. Join library director, yoga teacher, and physical literacy researcher, Jenn Carson, as she teaches you how to de-stress at your desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate your emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. Participants will learn an easy self-care routine that will help to reduce stress at work and leave you feeling recharged instead of drained. Participants will leave with digital downloads to help them remember what they learned and share with their colleagues. Register here