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    Book of the Month

    The following is a list previous books of the month which can be found at one or all of our four Community Health Resource Centers. For more information on the book and its location, please follow the link for that title.


    Dementia and Sexuality: Compassionate and Practical Strategies for Dealing with Unexpected or Inappropriate Behaviors by Douglas Wornell, M.D.

    Food and Mood by Elizabeth Somer
    Why do you crave chocolate? Can diet affect depression? Is there a natural cure for insomnia? Nutrition expert Elizabeth Somer answers all these questions and more, explaining how what we eat has a direct influence on how we feel, think, sleep, look, and act.

    Excuse Me Doctor! I've Got What? - Taking Ownership of Your Health and Making Healthcare Reform Work For You
    A step-by-step guide to help navigate the healthcare reform, from choosing a doctor to managing insurance. Strategies for integrating both conventional and alternative medicine into one’s care is discussed, as well as patient stories, detailed checklists, and information to be help prepare yourself to be an advocate for your loved one. Visit the Dublin Community Health Resource Center to check out this book and more!

    Why Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen
    This book explains the changes in teens' brains and shows parents how to use this information to understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids. The author makes sense of teenagers' many mystifying, annoying, and even outright dangerous behavioral difficulties and provides realistic solutions for dealing with challenges.

    Kids in the Kitchen
    The easy-to-follow recipes in this book provide enriching, hands-on experiences for children. Complete with lists of ingredients, utensils, and directions, each activity enables children to feel a sense of accomplishment for having made something with their own hands.

    Rene Bibaud's Complete Fundamentals of Rope Jumping DVD

    This DVD teaches you how to use rope jumping to help kids ages 7 to 11 have fun while being active. Instructor Rene Bibaud provides personal stories and inspiring messages while taking you through eight sets of skill breakdowns, including single and long rope skills, group routines, build-ups for double dutch, and fun games. Visit your Health Resource Center to check out this DVD and more! During your visit, don't forget to participate in this month's 5210 Healthy Heroes Activity!

    365 Activities for Fitness, Food and Fun for the Whole Family

    This fun, innovative book includes activities such as creating rainbow-colored celery, teaching your toddler youngster yoga, having a Family Hoedown Night, making a backyard skating rink, and whipping up delicious, healthy recipes for the whole family!

    Salad People and More Real Recipes: A new cookbook for preschoolers and up by Mollie Katzen

    Each illustrated recipe in this children's cookbook offers the child chef the opportunity to count, measure, mix, assemble, and most importantly, have fun! These kitchen adventures will give children confidence in their cooking skills and inspire a life-long healthy relationship with food. Visit the Mountain View or Sunnyvale Health Resource Center to check out this book and more! During your visit, don't forget to participate in this month's 5210 Healthy Heroes Activity


    The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life: Ira Byock, MD

    Dr. Ira Byock is one of the nation's foremost leaders in hospice and palliative care. Through stories of patients, families and medical professionals Dr. Byock shows us what the best care at end of life can be. He outlines the challenges for the patient, the caregivers and the medical community while passionately advocating for compassionate, caring and excellent care at the end of life.

    Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging: Einstein, Gilles O. & McDaniel, Mark A.

    Memory Fitness provides a way to understand the different facets of aging and memory. This book gives you paths to choose from to help stop the normal memory loss that occurs with age. If you are looking for a way to prevent memory loss, this is the book for you! Visit the Dublin Community Health Resource Center to check out this book and more!

    Finding Your Way: A Medical Ethics Handbook for Patients and Families: Katrina A. Bramstedt

    October is Health Literacy Month! Increase your understanding of medical complex issues with this medical ethics guidebook for patients and their families. Its topics spread across a broad range of medical concerns that are of interest to millions of Americans dealing with these issues on a daily basis, including: advance directives, Do Not Resuscitate Orders, quality of life issues, patient privacy, end-of-life care, transplant ethics, reproductive issues, and genetics. Visit the Mountain View or Sunnyvale Health Resource Center to check out this book and more!

    Simple Fun for Busy People:
    Gary Krane, Ph.D

    The ever-quickening pace of modern life has put the squeeze on time, money, and having fun together. Simple Fun for Busy People provides hundreds of physical, mental, and emotional games that are meant to be played in the everyday situations of your busy day. Everyone from singles to couples to families of all size can share in this. Visit the Fremont Health Resource Center to check this book out and more!

    The Handbook of Hip & Knee Joint Replacement: Through the Eyes of the Patient, Surgeon & Medical Team: Ronald R. Hugate Jr., M.D. & Robert D. Holland, PMP

    Are you planning to have a hip or knee joint replacement soon? This book, written by an orthopedic surgeon, takes you through the journey of hip or knee joint replacement through the perspectives of the surgeon, patient and medical team. Written clearly and in terms easy to understand, you will learn almost everything you need to know about hip and knee joint replacement. Topics include: surgery methods; types and designs of replacement joints; anesthesia options; how to prepare your home for recovery, and what life will be like after surgery. Available at the Palo Alto Community Health Resource Center.

    This book is a guide for those who are responsible for raising a new generation, and specifically geared toward fathers. There has been a dramatic change in society over the past several decades and fathers have become partners in parenthood. Fatherhood demonstrates the different ways men enact their fatherhood and how they are playing a more important role in the lives of their children. Visit the Dublin Health Resource Center to check out this book and more!

    Dr. Peter Scardino’s Prostate Book: The Complete Guide to Overcoming Prostate Cancer, Prostatitis, and BPH

    June is Men’s Health Month! Visit the Mountain View Health Resource Center to view the men’s health display and check out Dr. Peter Scardino’s groundbreaking book, now updated to include the latest information on prostate cancer, prostatitis, and benign prostate enlargement (BPH). This updated edition includes new information on the role genetics may play, hormone replacement therapy, new treatments for prostatitis, and more.

    Mind/Body Health: The effects of Attitudes, Emotions, and Relationships

    Author: Keith Karren, Brent Hafen, N. Lee Smith, and Kathryn J. Frandsen
    Mind/Body Health: The effects of Attitudes, Emotions, and Relationships details the latest scientific proof that attitudes and emotions do indeed affect physical health and can play a major role in the treatment and prevention of disease. This book presents solid foundation of evidence that negative emotions increase susceptibility to disease, and that positive emotions can protect health and increase longevity.

    Take a Nap! Change your life.

    Do you love taking naps? If so, this is the book for you and if not this is also the book for you. Napping isn’t a sign of laziness, but rather a way of taking control of your life. Learn how to plan the optimum nap and how to wake up feeling better than when you went to sleep. Find out the benefits napping can have for you in Take a Nap! Change your life.

    March Books of the Month
    February Book of the Month
    Mayo Clinic 5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure
    Author: Norman E. Rosenthal, MD Sheldon G. Sheps, Medical Editor-in-Chief; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 2008

    Being involved in your own health care is a vital part of treating high blood pressure.
    5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure focuses on the key role you play in your treatment program. This book will help you understand the many complex issues related to high blood pressure, and assist you in making important treatment decisions and lifestyle changes. You'll learn how to lower your blood pressure by eating smart, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol, managing stress and taking your medications as prescribed. Managing your high blood pressure can assist you in living a longer, healthier life.

    January Book of the Month
    Winter Blues

    Winter isn't a "wonderland" for everyone. Every year, millions of us feel our energy levels ebb and spirits fall as the days grow shorter. This book provides an up-to-date survival kit of weathering the winter blues and inspires people to reclaim the winter months by finding ways to celebrate even the darkest days of the year. Visit the Fremont or Palo Alto Community Health Resource Center to check this book out and more!


    December Book of the Month
    Eat This, Not That!

    Manage your holiday food choices with this simple illustrated guide to thousands of foods, including many holiday meals. Eat This, Not That! provides nutrition secrets of popular foods, helping you make smart, healthy choices. Visit the Mountain View Health Resource Center to check out this book and more!

    November Book of the Month
    Raising a Child with Diabetes: A guide for parents

    November is American Diabetes Month. Stop by the Mountain View Health Resource Center to check out Raising a Child with Diabetes: A guide for parents. You’ll learn how to help your child have a busy schedule and still feel healthy and strong, negotiate the twists and turns of being different, and accept the physical and emotional challenges that life has to offer!