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In a recent post on Seasonal Affective Disorder, I mentioned that some of my local public libraries have special lamps that are used in treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms so that people can try them before making an investment. While perusing the health information at my local library brought up some suspicions (there are lots of “cure” type books present in libraries that are likely inaccurate, and I would never recommend following the information of such books that promise to cure a chronic medical condition such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, autism or ADHD without speaking with your doctor first. While many books at your local library may be great sources of information, this is one thing to be mindful of: not all books are trustworthy, just like not all health information on the internet is—this includes books from your public library! However, many public libraries do offer reliable services that may promote health in the communities they serve.
What type of services might a library offer to improve health?
While we’ve discussed that you need to be careful of the books on the shelf if they seem inflammatory or “too good to be true”, there are other services that public libraries may be home to or host on special occasions that help people get or stay healthy. Here are some examples
These are just a few resources you may find at your local public library that can help improve or maintain your health. I mean, who knew there was a social worker with an office in the back of the second floor of the library?! I didn’t until I was exploring the library one day!
What types of health services are available at your local library? Let us know in the comments!
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