Thursday, October 01, 2020 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - October is Health Literacy Month, a month focused on promoting the importance of understandable health information. Health Literacy Month is more than just to acknowledge the importance of health literacy, but rather an opportunity worldwide to implement, serve, and expand the mission of health literacy.

Helen Osborne M.Ed., OTR/L, started Health Literacy Month in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of making quality health information accessible to all. Health Literacy Month is observed annually in October. More than 90 million U.S. adults have low health literacy, which measures the extent to which someone can access necessary health services, as well as how proficiently he or she can understand pertinent health information.

The theme for Health Literacy Month is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.” It’s about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication. Health Literacy Heroes are individuals, teams, or organizations who not only identify health literacy problems but also act to solve them.

Over the last 20 years, health care organizations, community services, health literacy coalitions, government agencies,  literacy programs, universities, and many others have hosted a wide range of Health Literacy Month events. This year, CCPL has put together several virtual programs to boost your health literacy. We even have a special health storytime with Miss Jackie on Oct. 29! Tune in on our Facebook page at 10 a.m.

And earlier this year, as we were all well into the COVID-19-driven shelter in place orders across the country, one of our librarians put together a book list to help everyone manage their mental and emotional health during a pandemic. But it's important to have a healthy mind to go along with a healthy body, so glance back over the list

Check out some of our other programs and resources below!

More Than Chronic - Oct. 14 at 12:05 p.m.
Bring your lunch - virtually - and join a positive, monthly community with other adults and teens, 16 and up, who are living with chronic conditions. Adults and older teens without chronic conditions are welcome to attend and learn.

Living Well With Diabetes - Oct. 21 at 12 p.m.
Join us for a virtual and free diabetes education series led by an experienced Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Topics include healthy eating, blood sugar monitoring, physical activity, problem-solving, healthy coping, medications, reducing risks, and much more!

It's a stressful time; take a yoga break! We have a series of yoga videos to help you relax and stay focused.

Healthy Recipes

Make Apple "Donuts" with Miss Emily - Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.

Make Pumpkin Hummus with Miss Devon and Elliot - Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. 

Donna's Healthy Smoothie

Roasted Potatoes


Online Resources

Your library card gives you access to subscription-based resources. Check out all of the health resource databases we offer! Here are a few of the most popular ones that are full of valuable information to keep you well-informed.

Gale Health and Wellness - Health assessment tools, Drug & Herb Finder, Health News. Includes an Alternative Medicine section.

Health Source - The richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, topics include medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

MEDLINE - Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals.