Monday, April 20, 2015

Problematic pollen

Seasonal allergies are a very common condition that can make being outside less fun.  The immune system sees pollen and mold as invaders, and tries to protect the body by producing antibodies to fight them off.  This overreaction results in the sneezing, itching, and congestion that affect your quality of life, and maybe even work/school performance.

Pollen levels are higher in the morning, so scheduling your outdoor activities in the evening could help.  Knowing what the pollen counts are could help you avoid allergens too.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology has a map where you can see what the pollen and mold levels are in your area.  Today's report for St. Louis says that mold is high, tree pollen is very high, and pollen from both weeds and grasses is low.  For more details, including which species are contributing the most, you can create a free account.  Today's top culprits are mulberry, oak, and ash.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Celebrate National Library Week with Laughter Yoga and Exercise

Next week is National Library Week, and what better way to celebrate than by attending an event in the Healthy Living series put together by the St. Louis Public Library.  There are two options (go to both or either), both at the Library's Buder Branch:
  • Tuesday April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    •  Marlene Chertok, founder of the St. Louis Laughter Club, and a Registered Nurse and certified laughter yoga leader, will lead Laughter Yoga – Laugh for the Health of it!  Developed by a physician from Mumbai, India, laughter yoga will help you to stay in high spirits when life throws you challenges. It will enhance your ability to laugh and smile when dealing with negative emotions, situations, and negative or difficult people. Instructor. This session is open to people of all ages and abilities and to anyone who wants to laugh!

  • Thursday April 16 at 6:30 p.m. 
    • OASIS will provide a free beginners exercise class to teach about the benefits of exercise and how to improve functional fitness.  Participants will learn basic exercises that are not only safe and effective, but energizing and fun! This is a low impact exercise program.

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.