Beginning a new chapter

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Partnership brings new resources to Cumberland communities

Beginning a new chapter

By Christopher Gooding
The Record
SPRINGHILL - The wealth of knowledge available at libraries just increased with the new addition of the big book of Menopause.
The Menopause Kit was distributed by the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County (SHCCC), and are directed towards women who are 30 and older, offering information on everything how menopause affects sleep to vitamins and meal plans to go along with the life journey.
Funded by the community health boards of Cumberland County, the book replaces an earlier resource that was too far reaching, says Family Planning executive director Ruth Patriquin, making the new resource more direct for the reader.
"At one time we had another kind of kit with books and videos," Patriquin said. "This is a revision of the revision."
With seven libraries becoming hosts to the kit in Cumberland County, Patriquin says the partnership is a new chapter for the SHCCC.
"It's exciting because it gets information on menopause to more women."
Two kits will also be available at the SHCCC office in Amherst and will be distributed to Mental Health as well, but the real success, Patriquin says, is having the information readily available to each community, removing unnecessary travel.
And don't think the kits are just for women, Patriquin adds. The resource is also directed towards family and friends, who may find the kit useful.

Section titles include:
•Menopause: What is it?
•Hot Flashes
•Sleep and menopause
•Nutrition guide
•Osteoporosis
•Lesbian Perspective
•Health eating and exercise
•Headaches

Organizations: Sexual Health Centre

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Amherst

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