POMONA - A series addressing various youth related health issues will be offered on a monthly basis beginning Saturday at the Pomona Public Library.

Members of Western University of Health Sciences faculty and staff along with representatives from other community based agencies will present the information as part of the free "Healthy at Every Age: Health Information Series," said Frances Chu, associate director of reference and outreach at the University's Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library.

The series came about in part as a result of a successful pilot series offered in late 2011 and early 2012 by the university in partnership with the Pomona library.

The pilot was designed to assist Spanish speaking diabetics learn how to use the Internet to access reliable information to help them gain a better understanding of the disease and how to manage it.

After seeing the positive public response to the pilot program and receiving requests that other health related topic be addressed, university administrators decided to prepare another health education series with a different focus, Chu said.

The new series was designed with parents and their children in mind, Chu said, since "the library serves many families."

Through the series the university can also assist the library in providing programing for its patrons, Chu said.


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So beginning Saturday and on every third Saturday of the month through May experts will speak on topics such as childhood diabetes, children and the use of backpacks, bullying and stress management.

Saturday's talk will focus on vision and learning.

The session will be led by Dr. Stuart Mann, chief of pediatric services with the university's College of Optometry and assistant professor in the College of Optometry.

The Feb. 16 topic will focus on diabetes in young people.

"Our common goal is to provide health literature and consumer health information" to library patrons, said Pat Lambert, Pomona senior librarian.

"We feel this is a continuation of what started with the diabetes program," she said.

Like the pilot program those participating in the sessions will receive printed information on the topic and how to access additional, reliable information through the Internet, Chu said.

To assist participants learn how to access information on the Internet the Pomona Public Library will make some of its Chromebooks, acquired through a program of the California State Library, available, said Muriel Spill, library services manager.

Lambert said it's possible library patrons will become accustomed to such a program.

"They'll know this is an additional service," she said adding "I hope this goes into next year."

The monthly series will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month beginning Saturday through May 18 at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave.

For information call the university library at 909-469-5323.

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