Lose Weight the Right Way with Online Resources

From The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.
Losing weight is a popular new year’s resolution, but it can become a perennial resolution for those who don’t go about it sensibly. Weight loss gimmicks abound, and every January would-be dieters seek to sort out the real tips and tricks from the gimmicks. Fortunately, there are many online resources and support systems for safe and sensible weight loss.

Some such resources include:

  • Weight Watchers online: Many people may associate Weight Watchers with group meetings and weekly weigh-ins, but the longtime company has taken its game online. The online Weight Watchers program allows users to develop personalized diet plans based on the Weight Watchers point system, access articles and tips for healthy weight loss, and track their progress from a computer or mobile device. Weight Watchers also is making an effort to appeal to men. Check out this link for Charles Barkley’s promotional videos of why Weight Watchers is a good choice for men looking to lose weight.
  • Shape magazine online: The online version of Shape magazine is aimed at women who want to improve their health and fitness. It consistently features smart tips for sensible weight loss by exercising and eating healthfully. Shape also includes “success stories” of women who lost large amounts of weight by combining a healthier diet with a consistent exercise routine.
  • Sparkpeople.com: Unlike some other online weight loss programs, this one is free. Features include articles and tips for weight loss through healthy eating and exercise, the ability to design a personalized weight loss plan to meet your needs, such as a diet that focuses on low sodium or low cholesterol. Another bonus is the active online support community, which can help dieters stick with their plans.
  • Dukediet.com: This online weight loss program was developed at Duke University, and it may be a good choice for those who don’t require as much feedback or support. Duke medical experts will respond to questions, but this program doesn’t have the online community aspect of Weight Watchers and others. Still, it includes useful tools to help with safe, healthy weight loss, including calorie and fitness calculators, a shopping tool, and even a behavioral health assessment to help manage the emotional and psychological hurdles faced by some dieters.

It’s also important for anyone who wants to lose weight to be wary of products that claim to be a quick fix or magic bullet. To help keep consumers safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides a “For Consumers” page on its website that warns against several fraudulent weight loss products.

Children’s Dental Health Awareness

Feburary health program ideas brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center.

February is practically synonymous with Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Candy. Unfortunately, that candy can cause problems for children’s teeth, many of which go untreated. In fact, one in six children have at least one untreated cavity and one in five children have not visited a dentist in the last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, February is Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month and promoting it will be easy and fun with these free resources and with information from Health and Wellness Resource Center.

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages and other activities for children and teens.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: ideas for your Tween Book Club
  • Tie In: ideas for library programs that will get children and teens brushing
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to fun activities for children

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages:

Activity Pages:

Brushing Incentives:

Featured Resources


Children’s Dental Health – Picture Books about Dentists and Teeth

Reliable Online Information:

Book Club

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic/Graphix, February 2010). Autobiography/Comic Book, Ages 9 to 13.

From the publisher: “Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (New York: Knopf, 1964). Chapter Book, Ages 9 to 12.

Not only does this beloved book feature chocolate, but also dentists (Willy Wonka’s estranged father). Use the book to discuss the good side and bad side of candy and to discuss dentists and flossing.

Tie Ins

Crafts and Other Fun Program Ideas

Healthy Teeth Story Time Fun

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Fun Stuff

Interactive Web Sites for Children and Teens

Brain Teaser – General Knowledge

This week’s brainteaser will test your general knowledge. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. In the nursery rhyme, what had Little Bo-peep lost?

2. Is the colour vermilion blue, green or red?

3. Name the place in the Ukraine where there was a nuclear disaster on 26 April, 1986, releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere.

4. “Oxbridge” is a word that refers to what?

5. Which US actor starred in the films “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Great Escape” and “Bullitt”?

6. Who has been president of France since 2007? – try to give both his names.

7. Who wrote the novels “Jamaica Inn”, “Rebecca” and “Frenchman’s Creek”?

8. Which part of the human body includes the hammer, the anvil and the stirrup?

9. In which two countries would you be most likely to find Walloons?

10. Can you name four of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Finding Las Vegas Newspaper Articles

Interested in Las Vegas history?

Reading old newspapers is one way to do it.  The Virtual Library has the Las Vegas Review Journal  and the Las Vegas Age available online.  The Las Vegas Library also has the Las Vegas Review Journal and The Sun available on microfiche. Watch Tom Hawley’s Video Vault – Library Research for more information about these great library resources.

Have you ever used a bad product?

Have you ever used a bad product? Not just a cheap or cheesy item, but one that’s actually dangerous?

If so, THIS is where you can go to let everyone know there’s a problem! SAFERPRODUCTS.GOV will take your information, and actually check it out!

They’ll put your report up, so other people can read about it!



Here’s what you’ll need you submit a report:

  1. What is it?
  2. Who made it?
  3. What happened? (What went wrong?)
  4. When did it happen?
  5. Who are you? (for example, are you a nurse and know this is a bad thing?)
  6. How can we contact you?
  7. Can we put your report up?
  8. And, do you promise all this is really true?