Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Safety Reporting Portal

Have a concern about the safety of food or medicine for pets or people?  The Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) may be the place to report it.  Along with manufacturers, health care professionals, researchers, and public health officials, concerned citizens can report product safety issues to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Friday, February 5, 2016

Healthy mothers, healthy babies.

Relationships are key to physical and mental health, and necessary for survival.  In no way is this more obvious than in the bond between a mother and child.  In St. Louis, there are many organizations working to support families throughout pregnancy and beyond birth; because infant mortality is a complex issue the Maternal, Child & Family Health Coalition formed an inititiative called FLOURISH St. Louis  – "to work in a new way to achieve large-scale, lasting improvements in the health and well-being of our babies and families".  An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month describes "Letters of Love", a project which sends encouraging letters to pregnant women.  To write a letter yourself, click here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gateway extension!

Great news for St. Louis, especially those uninsured in both the City and the County: the Gateway to Better Health will continue through December 2016.  In 2015, over 70,000 medical visits and over 230,000 prescriptions happened because of this program.  Click here for the full announcement and learn more here.  You can also call the Gateway to Better Health call center for more information at 1.888.513.1417.

Gateway to Better Health is a partnership of the Missouri Department of Social Services with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission. 

Friday, January 29, 2016


Good posture is a defense against back pain.  There is online information from the federal government here, here and here.

Books at the Library include:
  • Alignment matters: the first five years of Katy Says by Bowman, Katy,
  • The posture workbook by Carolyn Nicholls
  •  Pelvic power: mind/body exercises for strength, flexibility, posture, and balance for men and women by Eric Franklin
  • 8 steps to a pain-free back: natural posture solutions for pain in the back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, and foot by Esther Gokhale

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Don't miss "Living Alive and Well in STL" this Wednesday, January 27!

Alive and Well is an initiative of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission. For more information, visit their website at www.aliveandwellstl.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

Resolution wrapup

At three weeks into 2016, it's a good time to take stock of resolutions and either pat yourself on the back or get back on track.  If keeping resolutions is tough, remember that big goals are reached one moment at a time.  Here's some tips:

Set measurable, achievable goals.
Think about your reasons for your resolutions.
Write them down.
Start small/be realistic.
Be specific.
Share your plans with supportive people, for constructive peer pressure.
Take it day-by-day.

Hopefully this series of resolution-related posts have been inspirational, informative, and helpful, or at least fun to read.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Resolution: meditation

Stressful situations can raise blood pressure and lower immunity.  Meditation is one way to reduce and manage stress.  UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free guided meditations on their website.

Books and CDs at the Library are free as well*

  • Meditation by Naomi Ozaniec
  • Thoughts are not the enemy: an innovative approach to meditation practice by Jason Siff
  • Beginning mindfulness: learning the way of awareness: a ten-week course by Andrew Weiss
  • Get some headspace: how mindfulness can change your life in ten minutes a day by Andy Puddicombe
  • Meditation for the rest of us by
  • James Baltzell
  • Chakra integration: meditation music from the Chakra Sound System by David Ison
  • Meditations for tranquility: a practical guide to spiritual first aid by Suzanne Marbrook