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health_enrollmentlabs_banner.gifThe Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Whether you're uninsured, or just want to explore your choices, the Marketplace is where to find coverage that's right for you. Join over 3 million people who have registered on the Marketplace for health insurance.

There are still a few weeks to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace which was established with the Affordable Care Act. The final deadline is March 31st for this initial enrollment period. If you miss the deadline, you will need to wait until Fall of 2014 to enroll again. The website is fully functional in English and in Spanish. Certified Application Counselors will be available to assist with exploring insurance options. No appointment is necessary.

Time: Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m. (through March 26, 2014)
Location: Central Library's Computer Training Room, 2nd floor

Fondy Farmers Market blog post.jpgDuring September, the Center Street Library hosted a series of lectures on nutrition and healthy shopping. This month, learn how to use whole food ingredients in your own kitchen! Join us as we welcome Young Kim, Fondy Farmer's Market Executive Director, for a cooking demonstration.

Young will prepare a delicious side dish and provide samples and recipes to attendees. Young will also answer questions about the Fondy Farmer's Market offerings and how to use WIC, QUEST, and SFMNP to get healthy, local food. Come enjoy a snack and win a chance at a Fondy gift card! No registration necessary.

Library: Center Street Library
Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Are you interested in eating healthfully but unsure where to start? Join us for a series of discussions to increase your skills and knowledge! Sharon Roberts, nutritional educator with the Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension, will lead us through a four-week exploration of nutritious food choices and show us how to make grocery dollars count.

If you are looking to increase your healthy food choices, stop by the Center Street Library for one or all of these interesting discussions. Open to up to twenty adults. No registration required.

Library: Center Street, 2727 W Fond du Lac Ave.
Time: 6-7pm

    Monday, September 9 -- What Makes a Meal?
    Monday, September 16 -- Budgeting Food Dollars
    Monday, September 23 -- Making a Grocery Shopping List
    Monday, September 30 -- Food's Safe: So Am I

Science-Cafe-for-post.jpgThere are many different types of breast cancer. Breast cancer can also even be diagnosed in males. What can you do to decrease your risk for breast cancer? When is it a good time to go for a screening or reach out to a health professional if you have a concern? Where can you go if you don't have a doctor or insurance? Everyone is welcome to join in the discussions! Speaker: Alonzo P. Walker, MD.

Contact: Mia DeFino
Contact Number: (414) 955-5754

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18th 6:00PM to 7:30PM
WHERE: Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave, Meeting Room 1

Age Group(s): Adults, Young Adults (Teens)

Click here to learn more and register!

Science Cafés are a program of the Community Engagement Key Function of CTSI. Funding for this program comes from CTSI and Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Intitiative Fund. Permission to use a library meeting room does not imply library endorsement of the aims, views, policies, or activities of any group or organization. Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request accommodations, contact us at (414) 955-5754 or

First 20 Minutes.jpgYou may have heard that in order to lose weight with exercise you'll need to do a lot more than you're able to fit in on an average day. Maybe you've given up since, if you're not going to slim down, why bother. Or, conversely, maybe you've devoted several hours a week to an excruciating regimen based on your motto of "no pain, no gain" and you're starting to get injured more often. It turns out that the science of exercise gives us a lot of choices about how to exercise smarter. For example, the author of The First 20 Minutes points out that, if you're crunched for time, you can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time with high intensity interval training. Or, if you really hate to exercise, you can rest easy knowing that more isn't always better. In fact the most health benefits are gained in the first twenty minutes of exercise. That isn't to say that an athlete's efforts are wasted when they devote more time to their sport. If someone wants to become stronger, they will need to work hard enough to have sore muscles. But if health is your primary concern, then it helps to know that even just standing up and walking a little each hour is enough to prevent negative changes that take place in your body when you sit for too long. Even people who go to the gym aren't immune if they sit at a desk the rest of the day. It turns out, when it comes to exercise, knowledge is power. If you're interested in how to exercise smarter, you'll love this book written in the same approachable style as Gretchen Reynolds' popular Phys Ed column in the New York Times.

Submitted by Anna @ Central

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YourLinkto Health.gifHave you heard conflicting information about what's good for your health and you're confused about what to believe? Visit the Washington Park Library and learn to separate fact from fiction when accessing online health information. Staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries will present the best online health resources and explain how to use them effectively. This program is open to all agencies, public and private, as well as community members. This program is free and no registration is required.

Library: Washington Park
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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Tomato_plant_01.jpgHave you ever wished you could grow your own food, but wondered how to start? Come to the library to learn some great tips for starting your own vegetable garden. This backyard gardening course will teach you how to design, plant and care for a productive vegetable garden.

By growing food at home, individuals and families:

- Save money
- Eat healthier
- Avoid commerical food safety scares.

Library: Zablocki Library
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

There are still openings for this weekend's session, but space is limited. Please register online at or call Ready Reference at 414.286.3011.

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