Category Archives: Health

Women’s Basketball in Burlington

Women’s (and men’s) high school basketball started early, class pictures show the girls playing in Burlington as well as all over the United States with the invention of the game.  The game of basketball was invented in late 1891 by Dr. James A. Naismith, physical education director at the Young Men’s Christian Association. Women started playing immediately in high schools and colleges everywhere.  It was a welcome relief to the tedium of calisthenics.  See this title and all of our books on the sports and basketball below.  [ scroll down and click the covers to get to our catalog]

Burlington Girl's High School Basketball Champs 1917-18 1918-19

Burlington Girl’s High School Basketball Champs 1917-18, 1918-19

 

 

Hoop Genius - How a Desperate Teacher and a rowdy gym class invented basketball.

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Explore health and wellness resources at your library

Have your library card ready and click here

Have your library card ready and click here

For help with your exercise and health related New Year’s resolutions, try some library resources for facts and research.

The library subscribes to online resources for a full range of information on health topics with evidence-based reports, encyclopedias, fact sheets, drug and herb information, alternative sources, images, diagrams, videos and news articles.  If you are looking for a  private way to learn about health issues, check the Burlington Public Library’s Health and Wellness page with numerous links. consumerhealth150
The library does not track your searches so you will not begin see ads for health products that you are researching. Some sources require a library card log-in from home but are worth the extra effort for the range of information.

As always, contact us for assistance, we are glad to help.

Karen

 

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Freezer Food Safety

thermometerMany of us had power outages that lasted varying lengths of time during the last wind storm.  Here is a web page with up to date info on whether you have to throw away all of that food in your freezer that might have thawed.

Another link on freezing and food safety by the USDA

 

 

 

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The Burlington Story Trail is Open !

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Scoot ! by Cathryn Falwell

The Story Trail book – Scoot ! by Cathryn Falwell

The Burlington Story Trail was designed to help parents and caregivers take an active role in their children’s learning.  The guided walk with the story along the way helps parents encourage an active lifestyle for their kids, appreciate nature and cultivate a life-long love of reading and books.

The project was a collaboration of many hands, minds and hearts, not all listed here but help us celebrate with a visit to the trail!

Story Trail Ribbon Cutting

Story Trail Ribbon Cutting

Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project

Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project

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Librarian Jennifer and Librarian Maggie celebrate the Story Trail installation!

Away they go!

Away they go!

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How Healthy is Skagit County?

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22% of children in Skagit County live in poverty –

18% of Skagit County residents are uninsured –

Click the box above to see how healthy Skagit County ranks in comparison to other communities.  A large study recently released shows statistics and data related to healthy communities giving a baseline of information.  The baseline can be used to compare with similar communities or future rankings to note improvements in our quality of life indicators.

Take some time to look through the data.  Those who are already involved in healthy living activities will find it interesting to study the data.  It includes sources for the data which other media reports rarely do!!!

There is even a prize for the the community that improves the most – Spokane County won it in 2014!

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Health insurance enrollment deadline Feb 15!

If you are still trying to decide to switch health care plans or whether you can before Feb 15th – here is a great list of frequently asked questions about the Health care marketplace and basic facts about the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.  Locally there is a list of certified assisters at the Whatcom Alliance for Health AdvancementWA_Healthplanfinder_RGB

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Skagit Reads “Closing the Food Gap”

Mark Winne's Closing the Food Gap - Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)

Mark Winne’s Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)

The book “Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” is Skagit Libraries community reads book for the month of October.  It involves everyone in reading, discussing, debating and analyzing the same book.

In this case, the book is about food, health and social policies that have shaped the way we eat, work and live.  Skagit County’s economy is very dependent on agriculture.  There are 1074 farms in Skagit County according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture though that number has decreased since 2007.  But there is an active effort to encourage fresh, safe, sustainable and healthy food crops for all of our residents by various agencies, small farms, small distribution, processing and retail sales businesses.

Author, Mark Winne’s book describes his career as a community food activist dedicated to improving social policies that advocate healthy fresh meals especially for those whose incomes make it hard for them to afford.  It includes a history of food programs for the poor as they evolved – both governmental and non-profit – with discussion of what works and what hasn’t. He will be visiting Skagit County – dates tba.

Pick up a free copy of the book at your local Skagit library and join in on the discussion at our several scheduled events!

Skagit Reads event schedule updates

Food Day, October 24th, 2014 is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Skagit Reads Schedule of Events

Skagit Reads Schedule of Events

 

 

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Getting to the Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The dust has settled —

For those of you who don’t have health insurance and have not yet taken advantage of the savings made possible by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), make sure you are on the right website: www.wahealthplanfinder.org.  Check the bottom of the page to make sure the health insurance site you are reading says “Powered by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Washington Healthplanfinder™ is the official ACA-compliant health benefit exchange for the State of Washington.”  Start with the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s website and follow the links it provides to get to the exchange.

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The library has computers for you to use if you need access to the plan information.  Feel free to use them; staff can assist with navigating the options available to you and if you decide to, create an account.  Regardless of whether you use our computers or your own, use www.wahealthplanfinder.org, which can refer you to a qualified navigator or trained broker to help with your decision. Meanwhile, the library is open Monday – Thursday until 11 – 8 pm, Fridays and Saturday 11- 5 p.m. if you need an extra computer to do it on your own.

Other helpful links include articles from the November issue of Consumer Reports.  It is one of the clearest, most practical explanations of how this new legislation may or may not affect you. The Library has a print and online subscription, and you’ll need your library card to read it online.  Or drop by the library and we can help you find it.

Need some more information?  Here are some helpful general sources you can try:

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