Each week the consumer health librarians from the East Brunswick Public Library venture out to Middlesex County locations to engage people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in dialogue about the importance of health literacy, why it matters in their lives, and how it affects the length and quality of their lives.
To celebrate American Heart Month in February, the consumer health librarians provided information to Middlesex County residents about how to prevent and manage heart disease and the link between diabetes and heart disease. The librarians distributed the Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? questionnaire for residents to gauge their risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes, and the Are You at Risk of Heart Disease? questionnaire to assess heart health. People could take the questionnaires in the privacy of their homes, if they chose.
In addition, the librarians distributed articles such as:
- How Can I Monitor My Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Weight?
- Four Ways to Eat Your Way to Lower Cholesterol
- Find Your Healthy Eating Style & Maintain It for a Lifetime
- Twenty Ways to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet, and
- The Salty Six: These Six Popular Foods Can Add High Levels of Sodium to Your Diet
They provided the articles in both English and Spanish, and offered Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes, a recipe booklet that includes a healthy eating plan using heart-healthy ingredients such as avocados, olives, seeds, and peanut or almond butter. They also shared recipes for Caribbean Fiesta using blue corn tortilla chips, Turkey Stew, Two-Cheese Pizza, and Avocado Tacos, in English and Spanish. You might ask, “Aren’t these dishes unhealthy?” Nope! All the recipes use whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies, and are low in fat. Get these recipes and questionnaires and learn more about our work by connecting with our project director.
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