By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 15, 2015
Library Offers Health Screenings
As part of its mission to meet the needs of the community, the Library
will offer another free health screening on Wednesday , May 27, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room. Provided and funded by Northern
Arizona Healthcare, the screening is designed to assess the risk of diabetes
and heart disease by measuring cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood
glucose. No fasting is required, and no appointment is necessary.
What I appreciate most about the Library’s health screenings is
the helpful follow-up consultation with the healthcare professionals who
conduct the tests. They do not simply hand you a print-out with numbers
that you have to interpret—they take the time to explain your results,
inquire about your diet, exercise, and other habits, and suggest changes
to your lifestyle that could lead to better health.
The free health screenings at the Library are making a difference in community
members’ quality of life. At a recent screening, 37 people were tested,
and one participant stated, “Because of the screening, I am making
good progress toward better health. I feel motivated to continue.” Another
example of the program’s success is the story of a couple who changed
their lifestyles and eating habits after they were screened. In a letter,
they expressed their thanks: “We wanted to thank you for opening our
eyes to the severity of how bad our health issues were. With your help we
were able to make a change. We had no clue how serious it was.”
After your screening, you can peruse the Library’s health-related
resources for more information about your health concern. Regardless of
your approach to healthcare, whether you favor conventional, alternative,
or complementary remedies, you’ll find a book, newsletter, magazine,
or other item on the shelf or available to place on hold or order from another
library. For example, here is a selection of newly arrived books at the
Library on the topic of general health:
New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body
Wellness, by Frank Lipman: A proponent of integrative medicine
presents an easy-to-follow guide to clean living.
The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s
Healthiest People, by Dan Buettner : A longevity researcher outlines
lifestyle practices in regions with the highest percentage of centenarians.
Aging Backwards: Reverse the Aging Process and Look 10 Years Younger
in 30 Minutes a Day, by Miranda Esmonde-White :
A PBS fitness personality shares techniques for maintaining youthful health
Increasingly, studies are showing that social integration and community
involvement are a key factor in being healthy and living longer. You can
stay connected by taking advantage of the many free services, like the upcoming
health screening, provided by the Library.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported
by donations and grants. Your tax deductible donation may be sent
to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West
Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite
D-100, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours in the
Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at
928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services
that we offer.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is
also presented on Sedona
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of Sedona