By Shari Heintz Health & Wellness To Go? What’s That? A) Gourmet nutritious meals picked up at a drive through window B) Portable sports equipment you can take with you and use anywhere C) Reliable health information and library resources assembled in one convenient (and styl-ish) tote bag While A and B would certainly be useful, the answer is C. At Munson Community Health Library, we have assembled the Health & Wellness To Go tote bags with a variety of resources on 18 dif-ferent health topics that affect our community. The totes can be checked out from our library, or from the Sutton’s Bay Bingham District Library, or the Leland Township Public Library. The initial project was funded with a Community Engagement Award from the National Library of Medicine. The first ten topics went live in December of 2015. The totes were so well received that we expanded with eight more top-ics and two public library partnerships in 2016. There are many health issues that affect us and our loved ones, and we focused on topics that are of concern for our community. Diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight, and mental health continue to be on the list of top seven health issues in our community as determined by the Community Health Needs Assessment that Munson Healthcare completes every three years (www.munsonhealthcare.org/CHNA ). Our library’s Diabetes, Healthy Weight, Mental Health, and Pre-Diabetes tote bags help to edu-cate and support people who want to learn how to better manage these issues. As our population ages, we come in contact with more people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Not sure where to start when these issues touch you? Stop in and check out a tote bag on Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. If one of these issues affects you or a loved one, you can come in, borrow a tote bag for three weeks, and use the resources in the bag to learn more about and address the issue. Thankfully we have local sup-port groups to help people with these diagnoses and the family and friends in their circle of sup-port. Information about those support groups is included in the bag. What will you find in a Health & Wellness To Go tote bag? Each topic has a different mix of resources: books, DVDs, tools, and handouts. Some bags don’t have any books. The Arthritis bag has DVDs rather than books. Borrowing this bag will expose you to several different types of gentle exercises appropriate for someone coping with arthritis. If you borrow one of our Helping Aids tote bags, you will find tools to assist a person in tasks of daily living. There are three different variations: Dressing and Eating, Low Vision, and Mobility. These bags are intended to be used so that someone who is learning how to cope with struggles in these areas can try the aids to decide if they are helpful for their situation before going out and investing in the products. Some bags have a mix of perspectives on a particular topic. The Autism bag covers a life-time range of ages with books related to autism in children and teens, and a DVD and com-plimentary handout on autism in adults. The Breastfeeding tote bag covers what you need to know to get started nursing your baby, and also addresses the issues of needing to increase your milk supply, going back to work, and eventually weaning. Each tote contains a variety of complimen-tary handouts which include fact sheets and booklets you can keep and share with your family and friends to help increase their under-standing of the topic. Additionally, most of the totes contain a resource list that includes selected resources from our library’s collection, any local support groups, as well as reliable websites to go to for more information. What else can you find at the Munson Community Health Library? If you haven’t ever visited our library or haven’t stopped by in a while, come by to see us at 550 Munson Avenue, Suite 100. We are located just inside the South entrance of Munson Community Health Center (MCHC, or the “Old Osteopath” as locals call it). Our collection includes a variety of resources to sup-port your family’s health and promote a healthy lifestyle. There are resources on medical issues such as brain injuries, cancer, and fibromyalgia; exercise DVDs and healthy cookbooks; books on parenting and stress reduction; and information to support you through a lifetime of issues from pregnancy to caring for your aging parents. And don’t forget to check out our children’s collection where you will find such treasures as Yikes Lice! and My Grandpa Had a Stroke to support the children in your life to better understand the world around them. Contact us via phone at 231-935-9265, during our business hours of Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 5pm and Friday from 8:30am to 3pm, or via e-mail at Library-MCHCCommunityHealth@mhc.net. You can also find us online at www.munsonhealthcare. org/communityhealthlibrary. DAY-CATION. You don’t have to stay to play – enjoy a day pass to our outdoor pool and water playground, zip line, ropes course, Alpine Slide, and climbing wall! Get your Summer Fun Pass, starting at just $25 per child. Get all the details at CrystalMountain.com/FunPass 800.YOUR.MTN THE ULTIMATE SUMMER 40487 Families First, Aug-Sep, Crystal "Daycation" Ad V00.indd 1 7/18/17 9:52 AM Vaccinations for all ages Call 231-995-6131 for your vaccinations today GTCHD has 50 Plus Years of Immunization Experience August/September 2017 • Families First Monthly • 7 Shari Heintz is an Information Research Assistant for the Munson Community Health Library.