October is Health Literacy Month!

Health Literacy is the ability to find, understand and use health information and services. Confusion about health information transcends race, gender, age, income and geography. The Santa Clara County Library District is here to help with a variety of Health resources that you can use to better your health literacy.

Please note: Information provided in these databases should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

SCCLD has a Health & Wellness landing page that can help you get started. You will find a variety of resources there like: 

Headspace: Headspace is meditation made simple - an app designed for busy, modern lives to learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. The app offers hundreds of guided meditations on a variety of topics - from stress and sleep, to focus and performance.

Medline Plus: Consumer health information produced by the National Institutes of Health. Features a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, information on medications, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

HealthLibrary by StayWell: A comprehensive consumer health information portal containing content by leading health information providers. Contains articles on common diseases and conditions, surgeries and procedures, drugs and supplements, nutrition, fitness, parenting, safety, and workplace issues.

PlaneTree Health Library: A resource to find health events and support networks in the South Bay Area, as well as trustworthy health information on a variety of topics.

Consumer Reports on Health: This magazine provides the latest in news from medical researcher for the lay person concerned with improving and maintaining their health. Each issue includes articles on the latest health trends, honest criticisms and critiques of the latest in medical procedures and preventative measures to help the reader decide what is best for him or her, articles to help the reader decide where his or her health weaknesses might lie and helpful tips for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

Also, make sure to check out Health & Fitness programs available at Santa Clara County Library District! Or read about the topic with these Staff Recommendations