The Winner’s Circle

All participants in the Healthy Libraries, Healthy Communities project are Winners! Join us in our Wellness wrap-up event to learn how animals influence our health and to win prizes like pedicures, books and gift cards.

You’ll get first-hand knowledge of the benefits of animals on human stress when we’re visited by certified therapy dogs between lunch and the presentation. Prepare to de-stress by petting dogs while the handlers share their typical activities in school, nursing homes and hospitals.

Friday, October 18 1:00-2:00
Dr. Sandra Barker, Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction (CHAI) at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY

In the library world, some public libraries  are inviting carefully chosen, certified dogs to help children practice reading  in a non-judgmental, comfortable setting.  Academic libraries have hosted therapy dogs during exam time as a very popular service to help students deal with stress levels.  Although still a relatively new field of inquiry, the human-animal interaction is receiving more and more research attention.  The accumulating results of this research support the contention that interacting with companion animals has health benefits.  Dr. Sandra Barker will explain the health outcomes most supported by human-animal interaction research internationally, summarize the VCU Center’s research on the health benefits of human-animal interaction, and provide an introduction to the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical School. Come learn about this exciting new ‘frontier’ in human-animal relationships and how some libraries are creating innovative services. Man’s ‘best friend’ is even better than we realized!

Final Wellness Webinar!

Wednesday, October 9, noon
Lara Parrilla Kaltman and Brittany Jarrett, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Register at

Lara Parrilla Kaltman PhotoBrittany Jarrett Photo
With so much attention to new diets in the media, how do you know which ones will help you maintain a healthy weight? This webinar will cover the basic principles of a healthy diet, some popular diets in the media and how to decide whether they are right for you.

Lara Parrilla Kaltman is the Nutrition Team Coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE Tompkins) since January 2011. Continue reading

Recipe for a Good Night’s Sleep

Why does everyone around you seem to complain about feeling tired or having poor sleep? This webinar will present a simple description of how your sleep system works and how to make it work well for you. You will learn why so many people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and how to simply and effectively address it. Join us over your lunch hour to discover the recipe for good sleep, and why good sleep means good health.

Wed., Sept. 18 — 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Recipe for a Good Night’s Sleep
Dr. Colleen Carney, Director of the Sleep and Depression Lab at Ryerson University, and author of Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Mind and Get a Good Night’s Sleep, will present information on healthy sleep habits and their importance to overall health.

Register with the software at  to receive the URL you can use for all Wellness Webinars and the online Book Discussion.

Online Book Discussion

Join us this week to discuss Dr. Brian Wansink’s book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. This book is fun to read and is full of information for people trying to improve or maintain their health. Willpower is not enough, but there are ways to create an environment where you can succeed without even thinking about it! If you haven’t read the book, you’ll enjoy the conversation on the topic of why we eat more than we think. To join the discussion, go to

Handouts from the Webinar Series

The documents for the handouts of some of the Webinar Series can be found on the Webinar page. I’ve attached the information that we’ve received from Marisa Iacobucci and Joanne Gard Marshall at the bottom of the description of their presentation.

Healthy Movement at Work Webinar

Join us this Wednesday, September 4 at noon at

The speaker would like to some input from you before the webinar. Please email her at and tell her:

  • If you have done tai chi, yoga, pilates or meditation
  • What you would like to learn at the webinar
  • If you’re interested in particular areas such as shoulders, neck, back, feet/ankles, or hands/fingers.

marshallHealthy Movement at Work
Most of us spend a lot of time sitting at desks using computers, so how do we find opportunities for healthy movement? Joanne Marshall will share a series of simple practices and movements based on her experience as a yoga and tai chi teacher that can help us stay healthier at work. Mind/body practices such as yoga and tai chi have been shown to reduce stress and increase flexibility and strength. They can also improve focus and concentration and  promote a sense of balance and wellbeing. Fortunately, some of the most helpful movements in a full yoga or tai chi class can be adapted for practice during brief work breaks or in a chair. Joanne will provide a brief overview of the evidence for the benefits of yoga and tai chi and discuss the purpose of each of the recommended practices and movements. We will also have an opportunity to try out the movements together. There will be time for questions and discussion. A handout will be provided.

Joanne Gard Marshall is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also taught yoga and tai chi for over 10 years in the UNC Group Fitness Program, the YMCA and the university art museum. Joanne was a medical librarian before completing her PhD in public health. She has had a long term interest in health information seeking and use and has done research on both the value of library and information services and workforce issues in library and information science. Joanne has personally benefitted from her own yoga and tai chi practice and teaching and she is enthusiastic about sharing these health promoting movements with others.

Webinar Series

marisaI hope you’ve been able to participate in the engaging webinars to date. Marisa Iacobucci, Mind Body Medicine practitioner explored many tools for stress reduction and I feel calmer already.





marshallStay tuned for another great one with Joanne Gard Marshall where we’ll learn about ways of combating our sedentary, desk jobs with options like chair yoga.

Wednesday, September 4, noon

Health Resources Webinar

Health Resources and Training @ your Regional Medical Library

Join us on August 14 for a webinar to learn about reliable and free web resources for all of your health information needs. If you haven’t signed up for the new webinar software, please do so at:

lydiaSpeaker Lydia Collins is the consumer health coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the Mid-Atlantic Region (NN/LM).

Register for Active for Life

Register for the Active for Life (AFL) program at

  1. Click on Join a Team.
  2. In the Company field, type south central regional library council.
  3. Enter the company password: Healthylibs
  4. To find the Team you want to join, you can search by Team name, Team Captain or by Company structure. Any of these options will provide a list of teams.
  5. Select a team and click on Join a team.
  6. Now you can Register for an American Cancer Society! Click on Register. You will have the opportunity to create an account or to log in with your email, Facebook and other accounts.
  7. Complete the pre-survey.
  8. The next step takes you directly to your Goal Tracker page.

For more information on the project visit our Active for Life page.

Register to get the software needed for the webinars

Register with the software at  to receive the URL you can use for all Wellness Webinars and the online Book.