Health program ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center
May is Healthy Vision Month. According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vision disability is among the top ten disabilities affecting those 18 and older and the single most common disability among children. Furthermore, close to three and a half million people over age 40 are severely visually impaired, including those who are blind, and one in twelve people with diabetes over age 40 has diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness.
Many debilitating visual health problems are preventable, however, and, fortunately, promoting Healthy Vision Month will be easy with these free resources:
Quick and Easy
Printable Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Activity Booklets, Bookmarks, and Educational Materials for Children and Adults:
From the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute:
From “Eye Didn’t Know That,” a public health campaign from Transitions Optical, Inc.
- Eyecare Discovery activity guides and reproducibles.
- Our Amazing Eyesfree teaching guides and reproducibles from Transitions and Scholastic, Inc.:
More Quick and Easy Printables:
Books, Links to Free Information, and Organizations to Contact:
Books for All Ages
Free Information Promoting Healthy Vision
Is the book checked out? Check these out instead.
- Brochures and Fact Sheets from the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute – available as downloads or to order.
- Vision Aware: The Self-Help Resource Center For Vision Loss
Organizations to Contact
Free information and resources:
Observe Healthy Vision Month this May by choosing one of these vision related books or movies for your children’s, teen, or adult discussion group:
- Arthur’s Eyes by Marc Brown. Arthur the aardvark, from the popular PBS children’s series, adjusts to his first pair of glasses. Activity Guide, DVD information.
- The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. With more than one movie version, only 118 pages, suitable for both teens and adults, and a great read-along this script is an excellent book club choice. Book Preview, 1962 Movie Information & DVD Availability, 1980 Movie Information & DVD Availability, Discussion and Activity Ideas, The Story of my Life, Helen Keller’s biography.
- An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver W. Sacks. This book includes an essay “To See and not to See,” about Shirl Jennings, a man who gained his eyesight after lifelong blindness, which was made into the movie, At First Sight, starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino. Author Website.
May celebrates Mother’s Day! You can bring together Healthy Vision Awareness and Mother’s Day with these crafty gifts:
Find a professional to speak at your library or find help for your library customers.
Use this free material alongside your library’s May programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and healthy vision month.
Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed: