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Weigh In On a Healthier You, Michigan!

Mi-Healthier-Tomorrow-button-160x194Last month we told you about the Michigan Health & Wellness 4×4 Plan in which you do 4 things and know 4 things to improve your health.  We hope that you’ve had a chance to look at the helpful information the state has put together.

Now, we’d like to introduce you to MI Healthier Tomorrow which encourages Michiganders to pledge to lose 10 percent of their body weight.  Losing just 10 percent can provide significant improvement to both physical and mental health. After taking the online pledge, residents can receive a free “Getting Started Kit” in the mail along with the option to sign up for healthy texts and/or emails with motivational messages, reminders, tips, or recipes to help keep them focused on reaching their goal of losing weight and becoming healthier.

Did you know that …

*Losing just 10% of your body weight can make significant improvements to both your physical and mental health. A 10% weight loss for those who are overweight can:

  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improve heart health
  • Decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Decrease back and joint pain
  • Improve breathing and sleep
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Improve mood and self-confidence
  • Improve blood pressure

*from the MI Healthier Tomorrow website

– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Michigan Health & Wellness 4×4 Tool

Who doesn’t need a little help and encouragement when it comes to living a healthy life?  Now Michigan residents can get more than just a little of both by utilizing the resources in the new Michigan Health & Wellness 4×4 Tool which is part of the Choosing Health® program facilitated by the Capital Area Health Alliance.  The 4×4 Tool means doing 4 things and knowing 4 things.  Here’s what involved:

Do these:

  • Maintain a Healthy Diet
  • Engage in Regular Exercise
  • Get an Annual Physical Examination
  • Avoid Tobacco Use

Know these:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol Level
  • Blood Sugar (glucose) Level

appBanner_363208_7Help is available at To create a personal plan, go to Resources at these sites include an assessment quiz and planning tools. Once you answer the quiz, you’ll be sent suggestions for goal setting and printable daily and weekend journals. Curious how your county ranks nationwide in health outcomes, physical environment, clinical care and mortality? You can find out at the HealthyMichigan site.  And, don’t forget to check the CADL catalog for books, DVDs and magazines to support you in your quest for healthy living.

– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Healthy Living Events at CADL

CADL Downtown Lansing is joining the Capital Area Health Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in hosting activities as part of the Choosing Health!® program. We have 3 programs scheduled to help you with those New Year’s resolutions.

  • Feel the Rush with Zumba Fitness® and Zumba Sentao™
    Sunday, Jan. 13, 2-3 p.m.

    Zumba is a dance fitness workout that combines Latin rhythms with fitness moves or uses a chair as a dance partner to sculpt and tone core muscles. Instructor Becky Newcombe will lead 30 minute sessions of both types.
  • Walk for Fitness on Sunday
    Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m..
    Our speaker is Jodi Davis who lost 162 pounds just by walking and eating healthier. She is now serving as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s walking and healthy living advocate. Her presentation “How Walking Changed My Life” will be followed by a (optional) walk.
  • Quick, Easy & Healthy Meal Planning on a Budget
    Feb. 10, 2-3 p.m.
    Presented by Joyce McGarry, Extension Educator for Michigan State University Extension. Attend to learn the basics of healthy eating, including variety, balance and physical activity.

Our libraries are filled with books, DVDs and magazines to reinforce the great information you’ll hear at these presentations. Want to see more zumba moves?  Check out our DVD collection. Look for “walking” in our catalog and you’ll find many resources – for adults and children, guidebooks, training, health aspects.  Healthy eating is a snap with the hundreds of resources we have.  Search the catalog with words like nutrition, diet, or meal planning and you’re sure to find solid information.

Plan to join us for these informative sessions.

– Eunice B., CADL Reference Librarian at Downtown Lansing

New Health Books

When thinking of new books at CADL keep in mind that we have an up-to-date collection of health related titles too. Topics such as exercise, specific ailments and diseases, latest research and legal issues are all covered. Here’s a sampling of some of our recent acquisitions:

Not finding a title that covers your interest? We’d love to hear your suggestions.  You can submit a purchase suggestion from the link on our catalog. Also, you can search for information on current health topics in the databases and ebooks we subscribe to. They’re found under Health Resources in Research Tools on our website.

Finally, in case you haven’t heard enough about the office of President of the United States yet, here’s a fun quiz that will challenge your knowledge of various health issues of presidents and presidential candidates: The Presidential Health Quiz.

– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Health Issues in the News

With the meningitis outbreak and tainted food recalls all over the news recently, you might be concerned about where to get reliable, accurate health information.  Here are a few suggestions of resources you can trust.

– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL downtown Lansing

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

flickr user: Vanessa Helene

I was asked recently to help someone find information about the Violence Against Women Act.  I will admit, I didn’t realize there is federal legislation, passed in 1994, that “…provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also established the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) within the Department of Justice.”  Today, the OVW focuses on 4 areas:  domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.  The office provides funding through grants and cooperative agreements to help victims with protection and services.  It partners with state, local, and tribal entities — police, prosecutors, judges, advocates, health care providers and others to ensure safety for all citizens.

When you think about violence against women, consider that ALL of these actions are violence against women:

  • Acid throwing,
  • Breast ironing,
  • Bride burning,
  • Dating violence,
  • Domestic violence,
  • Dowry death,
  • Honor killing,
  • Female genital mutilation (Gishiri cutting, Infibulation),
  • Foot binding,
  • Forced prostitution,
  • Human trafficking,
  • Marital rape,
  • Murder of pregnant women,
  • Rape,
  • Pregnancy from rape,
  • Sati,
  • Sexual slavery,
  • Sexual violence,
  • Violence against prostitutes.

Do you know someone who has suffered such violence? If so, help them get help! Resources include the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence located in Okemos, MSU Safe PlaceMSU Counseling Center Sexual Assault Program and Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center.

– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Back to School Health Tips

Mixed in with the excitement (and anxiety?) of a new school year starting are issues that can affect the health of students of all ages.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:




– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing