Health and Fitness

Say What? Hearing Loss – An All Too Common Medical Problem

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Teen using ear buds Say what?! Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common medical problem in the United States? Hearing loss can begin at a young age. Nearly 1 in 5 American teenagers today are suffering from hearing damage due to the overuse (listening at high volumes for several hours per day) of ear buds with their ipods, MP3 players, computers, tablets and more. Nearly . . . more »

New Titles in Health and Fitness

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal Check out some of the newest health and fitness titles available now at SCCLD libraries! Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal Blood Pressure down Story Of The Human Body: Evolution, Health, And Disease Obamacare Survival Guide The Plan Expecting Better . . . more »

Eye Exams and Why They Are So Important

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

eye exam An eye exam can reveal more than whether or not you need glasses. Some critical health issues, which may have no symptoms until well advanced, can be discovered by your doctor. These include: Type 2 diabetes Brain tumors Cancer of the eye High blood pressure Certain vascular diseases How often should you have your eyes tested? 0-6 months -- at least once by an opthalmologist . . . more »

National Recovery Month

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Free from Addiction Free from Addiction September is National Recovery Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration created this national campaign to educate people about mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders, and provide resources for overcoming substance abuse disorders. Check out the campaign website to learn more. SCCLD also has resources to help you learn more about mental health and . . . more »

Healthy School Lunches

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Healthy School Lunches for Your Kids As the new school year gets underway, are you wondering how you can help your child navigate the school cafeteria in a healthy way? In most areas, school lunches have improved significantly over the years, both in terms of both taste and nutrition, but some still exceed recommendations for fat. What can you do? Use school lunches as a . . . more »

Bad breath – and what to do about it

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

brush your teeth well Bad breath – and what to do about it Bad breath, or halitosis, is one of those conditions we’d all like to avoid. What causes bad breath, anyway? There are several contributing factors: Smoking – In addition to increasing your chances of heart attack, stroke, and a whole slew of other really nasty diseases, smoking causes bad breath. What we eat – When the bacteria . . . more »

Staying Healthy on a Meat-Free Diet

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Going Vegetarian What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian? How can you get enough protein if you don't eat meat? What about B12 and calcium? Whether you are considering going veggie or you've been meat free for years, it's a good idea to check your nutrition IQ. try one of these books to learn more about maintaining a healthy veggie diet. Going Vegetarian Vegetarianism Vegan & . . . more »

Lower Your Cancer Risk

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by SCCLD PlaneTree Health Information Center

The Mayo Clinic Diet A 2012 medical journal article estimated that over half of all cancers could be avoided by implementing known preventive measures. The Mayo Clinic suggests seven areas in which your lifestyle choices can impact your risk of cancer. Here are resources for learning key ways to protect yourself: Eat well, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise: The Mayo Clinic Diet (available in English and Traditional Chinese) . . . more »


Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

woman drinking milk Osteoporosis What is it? Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone that thins and weakens the bones making them susceptible to breaking. Fractures occur primarily in the wrist, rib, spine and hip, but may occur in other bones as well. This can happen as a result of normal, daily activities, such as stepping off of a curb. Each year osteoporosis is responsible for 1,500,000 fractures . . . more »

Go Fish!

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

The Omega-3 Effect Go fish! Or rather, go eat some fish. Health professionals are trying to encourage people of all ages to include more fish in their regular diets. But, why fish? Why not chicken? Or beef? Simple. Fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and trout are super high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. But, wait. Haven't we all been taught that fat = . . . more »