10 Tips for Healthy Weight Maintenance with Dr. Morris

Dr. Misty Morris visited Mentor Library earlier this week to suggest ways people can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Misty Morris visited Mentor Library Tuesday to suggest ways people can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Eat right and exercise. We know.

Everybody knows how to stay healthy. It’s just so hard to do sometimes.

That’s why we regress on our New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not that we don’t know better. It’s just broccoli-and-5 am-calisthenics fatigue sets in, and a cheeseburger catches us in a moment of weakness. And so do the fries. And a shake. And maybe some mozzarella sticks.

To that end, Dr. Misty Morris visited the library Tuesday to recommend 10 ways we can get and stay healthy this year.

  1. What are you eating? You can exercise as much as you want. If you don’t eat healthy, then you won’t see the results you want. Lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and remember to shake up the menu sometimes so you don’t get bored.
  2. What are you drinking? And it’s not just food either. You’d be surprised how many calories can fit in a smoothie, a milkshake, a can of soda or a beer. Liquid nutrition is still nutritious and liquid junk is still junk.
  3. 70/30. You don’t need to be perfect. All asparagus and no play makes Jack freak out at 2 a.m. and eat a dozen soft tacos. Keep it proportional. If 70 percent of your calories are nutritious, then that 30 percent won’t undo you. (Though you’d be better off with an 80/20 or even 90/10 split, but the point is that 100/0 never lasts long.)
  4. No plan is a plan to fail. Plan out your meals. If you’re thinking, “I’ll come up with lunch on the fly,” you’re going to eat what’s convenient and not what’s healthy. Also, know when and how you’re going to exercise. If you think you’ll just fit in in later, you won’t.
  5. Have fun with motivation. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself. Give yourself goals and, when you reach them, treat yourself. (But don’t keep treating yourself. If every day was Mardi Gras, we’d all be sick by Palm Sunday.)
  6. Let’s get physical.  Yes, exercise is important. No, exercise doesn’t need to be running marathons in the snow. Get active—go for walks, try out an exercise DVD, check out a gym or the YMCA. (Your first visit is free with your Mentor Library card.) Don’t feel the need to do everything at once. Start where you are, but try to move for at least 20 minutes a day.
  7. Get some sleep. While sleep requirements differ from person to person, a healthy adult needs between seven and 9 1/2 hours a day. If you don’t get enough, it hurts your metabolism, your focus, your attitude—everything.
  8. The first thing you need to change is your mind. It doesn’t help if you’re never satisfied. If you want to lose 30 pounds, you can still be proud of yourself for losing five. You need to look in the mirror and be happy with yourself during each step of the process.
  9. Get your friends involved. You’re going to run into doldrums—that day you don’t feel like getting off the couch. When that happens, lean on your friends. Instead of calling your friends to go out and eat, why not go snowshoeing or hiking? It won’t feel like a chore with your friends in tow.
  10. What’s your motivation? You clicked on this story for a reason. Why do you want to be healthier? So you can fit into that old dress (or suit)? So you can be there for your family as you get older? So you can lift your groceries without wheezing? Keep that motivation in mind when you’re working out or eating those carrot sticks. Ultimately, that reason will help you stay the course.
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Using ancestry.com at Mentor Library to discover your history

I was able to find my great-grandfather's naturalization information almost a century later with www.ancestrylibrary.com at Mentor Library.

I was able to find my great-grandfather’s naturalization information almost a century later with www.ancestrylibrary.com at Mentor Library.

It’s amazing what you can learn about your family history in just 30 minutes with the free Ancestry database at Mentor Library.

I found out that my great-grandfather Gaetano “Thomas” Mangione was born on July 7, 1890, in Licata, Sicily. He landed in New York City on March 17, 1906, aboard the Prince Adalbert. He married Crocifissa “Bessie” Vecchio on April 28, 1917, in Cleveland. (She had emigrated from Licata in 1914 aboard the Dante Alighieri.) They named their son after his father, Andrea Mangione, and their first daughter after his mom, Francesca Amato. The other daughters were named Amelia “Mamie” and Assunta “Susie.”

They lived on East 38th Street and then Ensign Avenue in Cleveland. He worked as a fruit vendor to support them, according to the federal census.

It was Susie who later met Richard Lea, the son of Howard Lea and Gertrude Kling, who had a kid who had kid who uses the library database to research his family.

And you can learn about your family history too!

You can use the Ancestry database for free when you visit any of the Mentor Library branches. You can access it on the Databases page in the Research & Tools section of our website. (Unlike most of our digital services and databases, you do need to use a Mentor Library computer to access the Ancestry database.)

If you know the name of the person you're researching and somewhere they lived, then you have all you need to get started.

If you know the name of the person you’re researching and somewhere they lived, then you have all you need to begin.

You don’t need to know much to get started on the Ancestry database—a name, somewhere that person lived and it helps to know his or her approximate birth year. (And, frankly, if you don’t know your great-grandfather or great-great-mother’s birth year, it usually only takes a single search to find out.)

Ancestry then searches through millions of public records for information about him or her: census and immigration information, birth/marriage/death certificates, and more. Not only can you view these documents, but you can email them to yourself and your family members.

You’ll never know what you don’t know until you look. (The Dante Alighieri!)

And it’s free with your library card. So come to Mentor Library and start searching!

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Wands, Wizards & Writing this MLK Day at Mentor Library

It's going to be a Harry Potter party this Jan. 19 at our Lake Branch. (Don't worry. No snakes are invited.)

It’s going to be a Harry Potter party this Jan. 19 at our Lake Branch. (Don’t worry. No snakes are invited.)

Schools are closed this Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but we’ll be open with a full carte du jour of programs for teens and kids.

If your kids are looking for something fun to do on their day off, we have you covered.

At our Lake Branch, we’re throwing a Harry Potter party at 6:30 p.m.. Kids can make their own wands, while playing wizarding games. (No curses allowed!)

Meanwhile, Studio MPL—our art club for kids in first through fifth grade—will have its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch.

During the last two years, the kids in Studio MPL have made sun catcherspainted sunsetsweaved and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock; so, whatever they have planned for this Monday, it’s going to be fun and creative. (And maybe a little messy.)

Each month, Studio MPL experiments with a different form of art.

Each month, Studio MPL experiments with a different form of art.

Our new Teen Writing Club is also meeting at 4:30 p.m. at our Main Branch. Each month, our young writers get together to hone their craft by trying a different story prompt. This month’s theme is creating complex characters.

If any of these programs interest you, we’d recommend registering for them soon—either by calling Mentor Library or by using our event calendar online. Each of these programs only have so many available slots—our Frozen program on Monday is already completely booked—and we don’t want anyone to get left out because they waited too long to register.

If you have any questions, you can call our Lake Branch at 440-257-2512 or our Main Branch at 440-255-8811. See you at the library!

Our Teen Writing Club tackles different story prompts and shares their stories each month.

Our Teen Writing Club tackles different story prompts and shares their stories each month.

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Meeting Kaya with the American Girl Book Club

The question asked was, "Who wants glitter?"

The question asked was, “Who wants glitter?”

Dolls, books and glitter—it was a good day for our American Girl Book Club.

On Wednesday, the girls of our book club met and talked about Meet Kaya, the story of a young girl from the Nez Perce tribe who earns the trust and respect of her elders. The girls also made dreamcatchers. (Yes, that’s where the glitter came in. It finds its way into many crafts around these parts.)

Abby threads her yarn through her dreamcatcher.

Abby threads her yarn through her dreamcatcher.

Our American Girl Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a different American Girl book and make a new craft.

If you have a daughter who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then she can join the fun. She can even bring her dolls with her, if she likes. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Felicity.

You can register your child for the book club on our web site or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Madison and Clara work together on their craft.

Madison and Clara work together on their craft.

For more photos from our American Girl Book Club and other programs, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Get résumé advice from from the experts

Get résumé writing advice from the professionals at Ohio Means Jobs on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Mentor Library's Main Branch.

Get résumé-writing advice from the professionals at Ohio Means Jobs on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Only 30 percent of people in the United States feel engaged at work. (Sadly, that’s ahead of the global average of 13 percent.)

And most of that 70 percent probably still prefer their job to unemployment.

What we’re trying to say is this: There are a lot of people out there who wouldn’t mind brushing up their résumé.

Why not get help from the experts?

The professionals from Ohio Means Jobs will be at our Main Branch from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21. offering suggestions on how to write (or rewrite) your résumé. If you bring your résumé, they can even give you personalized advice.

The program is free and open to everybody. If you’re interested, you can register for it on Mentor Library’s site or call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

We’re teaming with Ohio Means Jobs for programs throughout the year to help career-seekers. In February,we’re hosting a computer class specifically for job hunters; and, in March, we’ll offer advice on how to ace job interviews.

This is in addition to the computer classes on how to use Facebook, Microsoft Word, Publisher and email we have slated for this February.

The path to a better job begins with your résumé. If you want to join the minority that actually enjoys its job, make sure yours is the best it can be.

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