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NNLM Reading Club: Heart Health

Heart Health

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is largely preventable. There are many things people can do to reduce their risk: exercise, make healthy food choices, and visit their healthcare provider regularly.

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Library Programming

February is American Heart Month, but any time is a good time to help raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Let the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) recommend enjoyable and educational activities and resources, and be sure to explore Programming Librarian for more health and wellness ideas.

Start the conversation

Choose one of the NNLM Reading club books. Then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding health information.

Heart Health book covers: State of the Heart, This Heart of Mine, The Open Heart Club, Beautiful Affliction, Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

Dance in the Library

A couple of years ago Ariella came here to the library to check out fitness videos, and she started with Zumba. It’s a popular exercise that combines dance and aerobics. Thanks to these videos and changing her diet, Ariella started losing weight and became healthy again. She even got her mom, Wendy Sanchez, to exercise with her. When Wendy's doctor told her that she would have to take insulin, she agreed to exercise with her daughter and has been doing so every morning since. She lost 55 pounds. Continue reading...

Walk and Talk

Four women walking and talking outdoors

Take your reading club outside - or inside at a community recreation center - to discuss your NNLM Reading Club book selection. Burn calories and exercise the heart. To get started:

  • Keep your group small. It is easiest to discuss the book when only 3 or 4 of you are walking.
  • Choose a route that you can cover in about one hour – roughly 4km at an average walking pace.
  • Choose landmarks along the route that act as triggers for discussion (e.g., choose a tree in the distance and discuss the first question until you walk past the tree).
  • Finish at a local coffee shop. Neuroscientists have shown that coffee and friendships boost your brain health and reduce cognitive decline.

Source: Your Brain Health: Walking Book Club by Sarah McCay, PhD

A woman testing her blood pressure.Test Your Blood Pressure

Tiffany Grant, PhD, Research Informationist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, applied and received an NNLM health outreach award to install a blood pressure and health information kiosk at the Cincinnati Public Library. You, too, can install a blood pressure machine or circulate a small blood pressure device. My Blood Pressure Wallet Card

Read a Story

Book cover image of Hear Your Heart and a photo of a little girl listening to her heart with a stethoscope

During Storytime, involve parents and children. Read Hear Your Heart by Paul Showers and Holly Keller, and help young scientists listen to their own beating heart with a stethoscope.

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