Thursday, March 26, 2015

Budget-friendly cooking returns!

Missed the first Healthy Cooking on a Budget? The program will be presented again at the Julia Davis Branch on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Professional cook and Operation Food Search Outreach Coordinator Mariella Funk explains healthy eating on a budget. Take home recipe cards and informational handouts (while supplies last).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ommmm… Relieving Stress Through Meditation


Philip Horn from the Center for Community-Engaged Research at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine brings Meditation for Stress Relief to the Julia Davis Branch on March 25 at 11 a.m. Discover the latest research on the benefits of meditation, learn basic exercises for meditation practice, and see a hands-on demonstration of sitting for meditation and breathing spaces. Participants receive several tools they can use to reduce their daily stress.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Healthy Eating on a Budget!

This Saturday March 21 it's time for another program on budget-friendly nutrition!

Join Operation Food Search at the Barr Branch at 3 p.m. or tips on how to grocery shop on a budget.  There will be a demonstration of an easy and nutritious (and delicious!) recipe.  Samples and recipe cards will be available while supplies last.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One more chance!

Did you find out the hard way when you did your taxes about the penalty for not having health insurance?  If you missed the deadline to register for a 2015 health plan in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace you still might have time to sign up.

According to a press release put out by the Missouri Foundation for Health yesterday, a Special Enrollment Period has been created for those who

  • paid a penalty for being uninsured in 2014
  • first learned about the penalty after February 15, 2015
  • are not currently enrolled in the Missouri Marketplace
So if you've just learned that you have to pay a penalty on your 2014 taxes, avoid that fate by signing up for health insurance now!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Food for Thought and Health

You are what you eat!  We know it's true, but it can still be a challenge to figure out how to make it happen.  The St. Louis Public Library is here to help, with the Healthy Living @ Your Library series.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget kicks off the series this Saturday morning at the Baden Branch.  Learn how to make delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals with a professional chef.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Challenge or conflict: coping with stress

Racing heart, sweaty palms, a jittery urge to run or punch – it’s the fight-or-flight syndrome we’ve all experienced at one time or another.  Any challenge can stimulate this response.  It could be brought on by a bad situation: a bad driver or a slippery road, a bar fight or any threatening circumstance.  It could result from a good situation too, like a job interview or being in charge of a meeting.

The type of situation will determine the appropriate response, and there are many ways to cope, including deep breathing, deciding to (mentally) walk away, choosing to push through the challenge, or reframing to make the situation seem more manageable.  For a more extensive discussion of ways to manage stress, check out some of the many materials we have available for checkout, or the courses in Meditation and Stress Management we offer access to through Gale.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Feeling SAD?

The reduction in the amount of sunlight during the winter can affect mood.  Sometimes that mood change is severe enough to be considered a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.  Does this happen to you or someone you know?  Check this list of symptoms on

This winter, St. Louis has seemed very grey, though since yesterday's snowfall it is much brighter.  Does the snow reflecting light make any difference?  Ways to address a depressed mood in the winter include exercise, the use of light boxes, and getting outdoors as much as you can when it is light out – or as long as you can stand the cold.

Sometimes, though, it's too much to handle on your own.  Local organizations that can help include
Leave your tips and strategies for combating SAD, or just general winter blues, in the comments.