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Archive for June, 2011

Health Literacy Community of Interest

Friday, June 17th, 2011

From Caroline Marshall, Health Literacy COI leader

Hello folks,

First of all let me introduce myself to those who don’t know me. I am a Health Sciences Librarian at Danbury Hospital, CT and for the last 4 years I have been promoting Health Literacy within the hospital to residents, physicians, and nursing staff. It hasn’t all been plain sailing as many of you know from your own work, but our passion keeps us moving forward. Health Literacy does seem to be taking hold here at Western Connecticut Health Network ( Danbury Hospital) with our new Primary Care Residency Program but there is still so much to do.

I will be presenting highlights from the recent Institute for Healthcare Advancement Conference at California our webinar on July 13th 2pm. Some great topics were covered, including Teaching Health Literacy to Health Care Professionals, Empowering Patients: A Health Literacy Workshop to Engage the Community and Creating and Sustaining a Plain Language Initiative.

It was also a great opportunity to hear what others are doing throughout the country to support the goals of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy The main takeaway is that collaboration is key, no one group can go it alone. Once our listserv is up and running I can share some of these stories with you and we can all share what we are doing or would like to do to bridge the health literacy gap.

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NIH News In Health [June Issue]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

This edition features articles about:

  • summer travel
  • endometriosis
  • asthma medications

To request print copies free of charge for your library, doctor’s office or institution, please email or call 301-435-7489 for more information. Or, print the PDF.

To recommend topics for upcoming issues or share how you use the newsletter, visit the NIH News in Health Facebook wall.

JAMA article features NLM 175th anniversary

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Check out the article in JAMA about the National Library of Medicine’s 175th anniverary.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/21/2158.full

Choose My Plate

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Choose My Plate replaces the Food Pyramid. Learn more at:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Tips from Choose My Plate include:

Balancing Calories
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce
● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

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