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Health and WellnessFor many of us, health plays some sort of role in our resolutions. Whether it be joining a gym, breaking in that new fit bit you got at the holiday, or a goal to eat clean, many of us unknowingly promote health and wellness in our lives.

 Lately, the phrase “health and wellness” seems to be everywhere you go but what does it truly mean? Most of us don’t have an extra second with work, kids, school and everything that falls in between so you may be thinking how can I possible add something else into my busy schedule? According to UC Davis, wellness is defined as, “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.” So, it may not be something you have to add to your lifestyle, it may just be something you have to tweak that will make your life a little more fulfilling and a little less stressful. This page will give help you in your journey of Health and Wellness! You'll be able to find key health information resources and learn about new health initiatives and programs right at the library!

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How to Find Credible Health Information Online

Whenever seeking medical advice, you should always contact a trained medical professional but if you’re looking for research, there are a few things you should look for when trying to find correct information. According to Medlineplus.gov, there are a few basic things that you can look for when scanning an article:

  • Look at where the information is coming from. Is it coming from a well known institution such as the Mayo Clinic or Johns Hopkins or is it coming from one individual? Keep in mind that most information from accredited institution is peer reviewed which makes it an even better source (multiple expert minds are better than one!).
  • Take a peek at the domain. The most common are .gov, .edu, .com and .org. When looking for health information, you’ll want to go back to tip one- review the source. Well known health institutions will the majority of the time have a .gov or .edu domain. A .gov domain is a government run website such as The National Institute of Health. Edu websites are from educational institutions. Keep in mind, some sites such as Johns Hopkins and UCLA Medical Center have .org domains but they are partnered with the educational institutions themselves. When looking at non bias and authoritative information, you will generally want to steer clear of .com websites as these are for profit commercial website. 
  • Make sure you can determine who is writing the article. Does the person have a medical degree or is it just opinion based?
  • References! When writing a piece about medicine, there should be references to other studies. The information did not appear out of thin air.
  • Can you find contact information for the institution? If contact information is lacking, it is a red flag that this information may not be peer reviewed or unbiased.

Health Resources at the Library

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Greenburgh Public Library (GPL) website or any other health-related information provided by GPL does not imply medical recommendation, endorsement, or approval by GPL. The GPL does not provide medical advice or interpretation of information. Information and materials provided are intended for use as general information and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider.
Materials Selection: The Library has implemented a website to provide a friendly, useful access point to the Library’s resources and information on the internet; to provide research tools to help users find what they need quickly and efficiently; and to provide a set of preselected sites and resources that are reliable and safe for all library users.
The GPL librarians do not write health information, except to provide brief descriptions of the website links. Instead, GPL librarians find, select, and organize access to consumer health information that is current, relevant, accurate, and unbiased.