Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Jillian Michaels. Atkins Diet. The Zone. Richard Simmons. Hatha Yoga. Grapefruit Diet. Everyday there’s news about health and wellness, “eat this, not that,” and too much of a good thing may – or may not – really be a good thing. With all this mis/information, how is the discerning inquirer to remain discerning? Fortunately, MCPL provides a portal to several great resources to aid in your quest for tips to lead a healthy lifestyle....year-round!
Before delving into “the fountain of youth” to good health, you should know that you can’t trust everything you read; after all, millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up-to-date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?
Evaluating Health Information is compiled by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. Links include tutorials on how to search for general health information, information pertaining to a specific condition, related topics (e.g., “health literacy” and “evidence-based medicine”) and links to professional organizations that promote health awareness. There’s also a great link on understanding medical research and how it affects you, Mister or Mrs. Educated Consumer. :-)
Once you have a grasp on what makes a health information resource credible, the next step is to dig deeper into a topic that interests you. This involves searching the professional literature and evaluating the latest research. MCPL’s portal has several links to resources that you can access from home. Some may require you to enter your library card number and PIN; there is no charge to you, the Increasingly Discerning Inquirer, for these services.
Don’t forget to check out our libraries’ books, videos and DVD collections! You’ll find health-related materials between the call numbers 610-618, depending what specifically you’re looking for (e.g., 613 = diet/exercise; 618 = pregnancy).
So delve in – for your health, in 2013 and beyond! :-)