Looking for Mobile Health Apps?

There are tons of health, fitness, and wellness apps on the market, so it can be hard to decide which ones might be the best.  To help people, the University of Utah Health Care system has compiled a list of basic mobile health apps suggested by their health professionals.  Many of the apps are free and available for both iOS and Android devices.

Visit the site to check out the list: U-Bar Apps

On the Booklist: Job Stress and the Librarian

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This book, applicable to all types of librarians, includes chapters on a range of topics, including dealing with difficult patrons, burnout, and physical and mental health.

Read the Book: Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals Edited by Carol Smallwood & Linda Burkey Wade (2013)

Gov Cuomo Signs Paid Family Leave Bill

In April 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a bill which will guarantee 12 weeks of partially paid family leave for NY State workers, to take full effect of 67% salary by 2021. This legislation also raises the minimum wage to $15 over the next several years. It’s important to note that family leave provides for paid leave for the care of a new child as well as any family member needing care. Let’s hope this sets a precedent for other states to join CA, WA, RI, NJ, D.C., and now NY in securing family and medical leave benefits.

Read more: Victory for New York State Families at www.governer.ny.gov

Urgent, Not-Important, or Somewhere In-between?: Using the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Your Time

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

The Eisenhower Matrix is a brilliant visual tool that forces you to assign every task, event and desire, goal etc. in your work and life into just one of four categories, two of which are almost never necessary (can you guess which two these are?):

URGENT/IMPORTANT 

URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT/NOT URGENT

NOT URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT.

Ike knew what he was talking about! The Matrix is great tool for seeing (often painfully) how much time you spend on what kinds of things, as well as better choosing your priorities for the future.

Try it and let us know what it reveals for you in the comments below!

Read It: The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks and Make Real Progress in Your Life , a great summary and explanation of how to use it from, www.artofmanliness.com.

What Motivates Us?

RSA Animates interprets Dan Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This is worth a watch and a ponder: What actually motivates us if not money or recognition and how can we nudge ourselves and our libraries to incorporate more of these “true” motivators?

Read the full transcript here.

Social + Active at Work

It’s true that doing things with other people provides reinforcement for healthy habits. If you’re going for a walk at lunch and also need to talk to your co-worker about a program idea, why not invite them along and do both at once?

This article provides a rich list of ideas for incorporating activity, movement, and exercise into your socializing opportunities, events, meetings, and group activities at work from ACEfitness.org

Read it: “20 Active Ways to be Social at Work”

Blog Posts: News & Stories

This is a place-holder post to use for testing, tags, and categories and to explain our rationale and suggestions for how to use the “blog” section of the site for news and stories. Examples of content below: