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The Village Library parking lot is currently under construction. The library is open for business and curbside pickup is available all day.

The Ralph Ellison Library is open reduced hours for Grab & Go service! We are open Mon-Sat from 9a-5p and Sun 1p-6p.

Health and Wellness

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The Metropolitan Library System provides access to a wide variety of health and wellness information and resources. Whether you prefer exploring our physical and digital collections, attending health and wellness programs, or need to connect with outside trustworthy organizations and sites, we are dedicated to help you find what you need to make informed decisions about your health and wellness. 

 

Blogs

Learn Something New

Tim, Central Information Services

It’s a new year. Some of us have made resolutions, and many of us have already broken them. To help you get back on track, we’re here with suggestions to learn something new this year and solutions for how we can help. 

1. Learn a Language&nbs...

Events

Odd Body Monday: Sweet Building Blocks - Our DNA

December 5, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Almonte Library
Registration
Library Branch: Almonte Library
Room: Programming Room A (Almonte)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Science & STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Description:
Who are we? What determines our eye color, hair color- maybe our temperment, likes and dislikes? Come learn a bit about genetics, and how genetics and DNA come together to build each unique person. We will be using candy to build a model of human DNA...

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens. Accordingly, the Library will not be liable for such harm to any individual resulting from such allergens.

Be Advised:  This program may be photographed and/or videotaped for publicity purposes.

By Attending, you consent:  To the use of your voice and likeness in future publicity uses that contain content from this event. If you do not wish to be on camera, please let us know.

For more information visit our Photography & Video Disclaimer

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

December 6, 2022
9:00am - 10:00am
Southern Oaks Library
Registration
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a fitness program for older adults, which can be done sitting or standing. Performing exercise that improves strength, balance and fitness is critical for staying active and reducing risk falls. The S...

How to Be a Friend to Someone with Dementia

December 6, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am
Northwest Library
Registration
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: UNAVAILABLE TO USE-Meeting Room AB (Northwest)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Community & Civics, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 49
Event Description:
What should I say? How should I act? When someone is diagnosed with dementia, it can be hard to communicate this with those in your life. Friends and family mean well, but they may struggle to know what to say and how to react. As the disease prog...

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Be Advised:  This program may be photographed and/or videotaped for publicity purposes.

By Attending, you consent:  To the use of your voice and likeness in future publicity uses that contain content from this event. If you do not wish to be on camera, please let us know.

For more information visit our Photography & Video Disclaimer

Intermediate Tai Chi

December 6, 2022
10:15am - 11:15am
Southern Oaks Library
Registration
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Description:
The Intermediate Tai Chi class teaches participants ways to improve their overall mind, body and spirit through a series of slow continuous movements. Participants of the class must complete Beginners' Tai Chi instruction. The class meets twice a wee...

Tai Chi for Better Balance

December 6, 2022
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Description:
The movements of the Chinese martial art Tai Chi can help seniors reduce the risk of falling, increase balance, and increase flexibility. This six-week class teaches participants ways to improve their overall mind, body, and spirit through a series o...

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL)

December 7, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 473
Event Description:
Seniors stay active and independent! SAIL is designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support and class can be modified depending on fitness lev...

Disclaimer(s)

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

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Databases

A B C E F G H I J L M N O P R S T U V W

A to Z Food America

This resource contains more than 2,000 state, regional, and ethnic recipes - including food culture articles - as well as historical and reference articles including an ingredients sections. This is the largest food database of its kind focused solely on diverse American cuisine. 

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A to Z World Food

This resource contains 7,000 traditional recipes from 174 countries, along with thousands of ingredient, food culture, and reference articles, making this the largest food database of its kind. 

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Consumer Health Complete

Designed to support the information needs of patients, Consumer Health Complete provides access to easily understandable health and medical information. You can search and browse medical encyclopedias, reference books, fact sheets and pamphlets, magazine articles, and more.

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Health Source: Consumer Edition

Provides the full text of many consumer health magazines (including Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and others), health-related pamphlets and health reference books.

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides over 500 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong, including full text from Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Forum, Nursing Inquiry, and more.

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MEDLINE

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, preclinical sciences, and more.

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Collections

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Health Materials in Our Catalog

If you need more specific health and wellness topics, please see a librarian.

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Digital Magazines on Libby

Our digital magazine collection available in the Libby app contains thousands of current and back issues of your favorite magazines like Car and Driver, Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Food Network Magazine, Kiplinger's, National Geographic, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, Wired and much more. Issues are always available to check out and do not count against eBook and Audiobook checkout limits in Libby. New to using Libby? Learn more and download the app here.

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General Health Information/Services

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Dental/Vision/Hearing

National and local dental, vision and hearing health resources.

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LGBTQ2S+ Health

National and local health resources for those in the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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Native Americans

National and local health resources for Native Americans.

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Parenting & Kids

National and local health resources for parents and kids.

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Women’s Health

National and local health resources for women.

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