Are you between 60 and 74 years of age? Are you eating right?

eating wellThis kit will help you learn how to Eat Smart, Live Strong by improving your fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. The kit promotes two key behaviors: increase fruit and vegetable consumption to 3 1/2 cups per day (1 1/2 cups of fruits and 2 cups of vegetables), and participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. The Activity Kit includes a Leader’s Guide and four sessions designed to reinforce these behaviors.So gather up your friends and work together to learn how to Eat Smart, Live Strong.

Want some ideas for new recipes? Download the latest issue of Eating Well for free with your library card from the Library’s Zinio Magazine collection.


Questions and answers : Are people living with HIV or AIDS protected by the ADA?

aidsAre people living with HIV or AIDS protected by the ADA? Yes.  Persons with HIV, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, have physical impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities or major bodily functions and are, therefore, protected by the law. Read more in  Questions and answers : the Americans with Disabilities Act and persons with HIV/AIDS.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS visit AIDS and HIV Hot Topic

Teenagers and Sex

teens hand holdingBetween  2006–2010, about 43% of never-married female teenagers (4.4 million), and about 42% of never-married male teenagers (4.5 million) have had sexual intercourse at least once. These levels of sexual experience have not changed significantly from 2002. Seventy-eight percent of females and 85% of males used a method of contraception at first sex according to 2006–2010 data, with the condom remaining the most popular method. Teenagers’ contraceptive use has changed little since 2002, with a few exceptions: there was an increase among males in the use of condoms alone and in the use of a condom combined with a partner’s hormonal contraceptive; and there was a significant increase in the percentage of female teenagers who used hormonal methods other than a birth-control pill, such as injectables and the contraceptive patch, at first sex.

Read more about the study – Teenagers in the United States : sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth.

Teens may want to learn more by using the Hot Topic – Teen Health.

What is Homeopathy?

homeopathy 2Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is an alternative medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago.  Samuel Hahnemann published his discussions and observations of a healing system he called the law of similars in Organon of the Medical Art (1810). Hans Graham, a homeopathic physician, arrived in the United States in 1825; Constance Hering followed in 1844. Together they founded the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH), the oldest nationwide medical organization still active in the United States.

Homeopathy: an Introduction
This fact sheet provides a general overview of homeopathy and suggests sources for additional information.

Homopathy – from Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

Hot Topic – Health Information – Holistic and Alternative MedicineThe Hot Topic provides access to magazine articles, reference books and general non-fiction books about Holistic and alternative medicine.

Use of Contraception in the United States : 1982-2008

contraceptionsMore than 99% of women 15–44 years of age who have ever had sexual intercourse with a male (referred to as ‘‘sexually experienced women’’) have used at least one contraceptive method. The percentage of women who have ever used emergency contraception, the contraceptive patch, and the contraceptive ring increased between 2002 and 2006–2008.
Is the level of education for women a factor in using a contraception method? Learn more in Use of Contraception in the United States: 1982-2008.