Librarians, Plan Ahead for July: Women’s Health Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are July health programing ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

More than one in seven women ages 18 and over in the United States are only in fair or poor health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The reasons are not difficult to guess: less than half of women get adequate exercise, about 36 percent of women 20 and older are considered obese, about 33 percent of women 20 and older have hypertension.

July is a month of long hours of daylight and many vacation-filled days–perhaps a good time for women to take a deep breath, reflect, read more, increase physical activity, and think about health. Celebrate women and put the spotlight on Women’s Health in your library this July with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages for children and helpful print-ready information for adults.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: adult book club ideas
  • Tie In:  ideas for library programs
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Men’s Health Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages:

Printables for Adults

Featured Resources


Reliable Online Information for Adults:

Book Club

Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health by Gayle A. Sulik (Oxford University Press, 2011)

From the publisher: “Since its introduction in 1991, the pink ribbon and even the color pink itself have become a ubiquitous symbol for breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbon paraphernalia saturate shopping malls, billboards, magazines, television, and other entertainment venues. Thousands of everyday products have been produced in special pink ribbon editions, with some proceeds going to various awareness foundations. The pervasiveness of the pink ribbon campaign leads many people to believe that the fight against breast cancer is progressing, when in truth it’s barely begun.

Based on eight years of research, analysis of advertisements and breast cancer awareness campaigns, and hundreds of interviews with those affected by the disease, Pink Ribbon Blues highlights the hidden costs of the pink ribbon as an industry, one in which breast cancer has become merely a brand name with a pink logo. Indeed, while survivors and supporters walk, run, and purchase ribbons for a cure, cancer rates rise, the cancer industry thrives, corporations claim responsible citizenship while profiting from the disease, and breast cancer is stigmatized anew for those who reject the pink ribbon model. But Sulik also outlines alternative organizations that make a real difference, highlights what they do differently, and presents a new agenda for the future.”

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources:

Publicity Resources

Use these free publicity resources alongside your library’s June programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote National Men’s Health month at your library This June.

Fun Stuff

Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


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