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Library connects with Covered California

By From page B10 | February 15, 2014

Get healthy today at your local public library!

Need to get health insurance? Getting regular checkups and treatment can help keep you fit and healthy. Covered California is rolling out more opportunities for California residents to enroll in the Affordable Health Care Act right here in Solano County.

March 31 is the next deadline for enrollment and public libraries are providing venues in which residents can ask questions about the program and enroll. Residents can compare health insurance cafeteria plans and enroll for health insurance at the website www.Coveredca.com.

The Fairfield Civic Center Library is pleased to partner with Covered California and will be offering three opportunities on Saturday, and March 15 and March 22 on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its Becker-Balmer Meeting Room.

Interested? You will need to bring the following information for each individual in your family: current income from a W-2 or tax return; proof of U.S. citizenship; a Social Security card and information with date of birth.

Enrollment counselors can also determine whether customers are eligible for Medi-Cal. According to the Covered California website, children who qualify for Medi-Cal can receive dental services.

Did you know that Solano County libraries offer an array of books, compact discs, and videos on healthful cooking, physical fitness, meditation and health-oriented topics? Libraries are a great place to learn about how to keep yourself healthy.

Books can give you guidelines for knowing what to expect at a medical visit, how to ask questions of your health care professional, and information on a variety of health conditions, treatments, and preventive measures for maintaining your health.

The following titles can help you get started in living a healthful life:

  • “American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness: What You Need to Know about Preventing Illness, Staying Healthy, and Living Longer; Health.”
  • “The Reader’s Digest Version: Easy Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer,” by Joe Kita and the Staff of Reader’s Digest Magazine.
  • “The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine,” by Thomas Goetz.
  • “The Real Life Body Book: A Young Woman’s Complete Guide to Health and Wellness,” by Hope Ricciotti and Monique Doyle Spencer.
  • “You – The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger,” by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz.

Ever wonder about the safety of your cosmetics? The state recently launched the California Safe Cosmetic Database. According to their website, “The California Safe Cosmetics Act requires companies that manufacture cosmetics to report any cosmetics products that contain ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

You can search the database for a type of product, a specific product name, or a brand or company name. Try it at www.safecosmeticsact.org/search.

Another helpful site for evaluating the safety of cosmetics as well as household cleaners is that of the Environmental Working Group – www.ewg.org/ – which offers searchable databases for checking ingredients in cosmetics and household cleaners. It also provides information about pesticides in produce and it reports on current environmental, energy and agricultural legislation and environmental issues.

Sometimes, I think singing along with your favorite singer can change your outlook and boost your health and energy level. On March 2, celebrate Women’s History Month at the Solano County Events Center at 601 Texas Street in Fairfield from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jazz and blues singers Rhonda Benin and Terrie Odabi will perform songs written by jazz singers such as Peggy Lee, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday. Performances are free, but seating is limited. Pick up free tickets at your local Solano County Library branch. Performances will also be held on March 1 at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo and on March 15 at the McBride Center in Vacaville.

Serena Enger is the Supervising Librarian at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, Solano County Library. She is currently reading Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya.

Serena Enger


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