Tag Archives: Health

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Health!

You know you’re going to do it — make New Year’s resolutions, that is.  So let CADL do some of the heavy lifting and offer suggestions of books and DVDs to help get you started.  Some of the health trends expected to be important in 2013 include Alzheimer’s prevention, childhood obesity prevention, diabetes prevention, issues resulting from longer life expectancy, sports safety, PTSD treatment and stress management.  Any of these appear on your health to-do list? Okay…let’s get started.






– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Sparrow’s LifeTime Program

Being over 55 years of age has advantages and here’s one local program designed specifically for those over 55 that proves the point.  Sparrow Health System‘s LifeTime is a free healthy-living program featuring special discounts, fitness programs, health seminars and other exclusive benefits for adults 55-plus.  The free membership includes discounts to over 50 local businesses, and access to free blood pressure screenings, fitness classes, a walking club, newsletters, and “Lunch with a Doctor” speakers program.  Visit their website to learn more and sign up for this free program.

Sparrow Health Systems says, “We can help you maintain – or regain – a healthy lifestyle & have fun doing so.”

CADL can help with resources too.  Click here to see some titles for nutrition, exercise, and general health.

-Eunice B., CADL Reference Librarian

Getting In Shape for Summer

Swimsuit KidSummer is fast approaching. Yay! With warm weather comes the dreaded S word. No, not that one…swimsuits. The question is, are you ready for the beach, or are you dreading stepping into the dressing room, much less the water?

Well, the library is here to help! We have a vast array of books and DVDs to help you get ready for the pool.

FASHION – If you’re looking for the perfect suit, these books may help.

FITNESS – These DVDs will help you feel more confident in the fitting room and beyond.

One of the great things about borrowing workout videos from the library is that you can do the workouts for a week, then trade them in for new ones. Your workout routine will always be fresh and new. And, if you absolutely can’t stand a workout, there are always more to try.

Not every exercise is for everyone, and remember to check with your doctor before you take on a new regime.

-Abby B., Library Assistant @ CADL South Lansing Library

One Step at a Time

Jon Before

Like many Americans, I opted to make a health-based New Year’s Resolution this year. Increasing the number of days a week I exercise and cutting back on fatty foods are a start, but finding motivation is always a challenge for me. Next Sunday, January 17, CADL presents Jon Stanton, a real healthy living success story. For the cost of a few pairs of walking shoes and an mp3 player, Jon cut calories and walked his way to 230 pounds of weight loss over the course of 18 months.

Jon During

Jon has used his weight loss to be a positive example to others. He didn’t starve himself. He didn’t use surgery to achieve his goals. Jon was motivated by a desire to be a happier, healthier person, and I think that’s fantastic. Come to the Downtown Lansing Branch of CADL on Sunday from 2-3 to hear Jon tell his story and to find some motivation for yourself. I know I’ll be there!

Jon After

One Step at a Time: Tools & Techniques that Helped Me Lose 230 Pounds

Sunday, January 17, 2-3 pm

Jon Stanton battled weight problems all his life. Over 18 month’s time, through walking, cutting calories and maintaining an overall healthier lifestyle, Jon lost 230 pounds. Hear his motivational story and see how he inspires others to be happy and healthy. Jon is the Michigan Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association and is the recipient of the Charles Kuntzelman Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and has appeared on the Today Show and the 700 Club.


New Year’s Resolutions & CADL

In the New Year, you can lean on CADL for assistance for everything from locating health and tax information to learning to use a computer. Here is some information on upcoming library programs and items in our catalog to help you keep those resolutions going!

Get Organized for the New Year

Make organizing your space a reality, not just a resolution! We all have some degree of excess clutter in our lives, be it at home or on the job. On Monday, January 11 and again on Saturday, January 23, the Capital Area District Library presents Rita Wilhelm of Cluttergone.

Monday, Jan. 11 – Dansville Library
6:30 pm
January is “Get organized” month. Rita Wilhelm of Cluttergone will help you get organized!

Saturday, Jan. 23 – Williamston Library
1 pm
January is Get Organized (GO) month! Join us for some clutter-busting advice and tips from expert Rita Wilhelm of Cluttergone.

Leading a Healthier Lifestyle in 2010

If your New Year’s resolutions include improving your health, the Capital Area District Library has many resources that can help.  Besides books, we also subscribe to magazines that you can check out for 3 weeks and have movies for exercise, weight management, and cooking.  Listed below are some of the items we offer for your use.

Recently, National Public Radio (NPR) announced their list of the 10 best cookbooks of 2009.  Because healthy eating is so critical, it’s nice to have resources that encourage and teach healthy cooking.  While not all of the titles on the list qualify strictly as health food collections, they all contain recipes and instructions that enable the cook/reader to make careful choices.  The best part of this list is that all titles are available (or on order) from the Capital Area District Library.  They’re listed below, in random order, with their call number and branch location.  So, bon appetit!

The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones; Asian Dumplings:  Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More, by Andrea Nguyen; Clean Food:  A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters; Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl; **Stir:  Mixing it Up in the Italian Tradition by Barbara Lynch; **Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; **Savory Baking by Mary Cech; **Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart; **The Craft of Baking by Karen Demasco and Mindy Fox; and, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

**on order

Here are some of the magazines we have available:  Living Without (allergies), Maximum Fitness, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Prevention, Weight Watchers, Yoga International, Cooking Light, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Diabetes Forecast, Nutrition Action Health Letter.

When searching for movies in CADL’s catalog, select “find movies” from our catalog menu and then specify which format you want.  We offer VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and eVideos.  In the search box, type a title or subject you are interested in.  Try subjects such as cooking, exercise, weight management, Pilates, and walking to discover what’s available.

Good luck with those resolutions and don’t give up!

Consumer Health Resources

As mentioned in a previous post titled, Some Developments, we will be having a guest blog posting. Well, here it is….

For those of you who have made New Year’s resolutions to improve your health and well-being in 2009, CADL is here to help.  The resources we offer extend beyond just books.  Magazines, local links, free handouts, databases, and reference books are all available.  You can search our online catalog to find titles that interest you.  Magazines are located on the 2nd floor and all but the most current issue can be checked out for 3 weeks.  The local links section on our homepage provides links to local online resources for specific diseases and conditions and other concerns.  On the 2nd floor, we have a 3-sided health resources kiosk on the east side of the floor near the magazines.  It is stocked with health alerts issued by the FDA, free pamphlets, and health/medical books.  We subscribe to high quality databases which you can search for journal and newspaper articles.  For further details or assistance, get in touch with the Reference Department at 517-367-6346, by email at http://www.cadl.org/answers/Ask-a-Librarian/,or in person during regular library hours.