Published: March 1, 2021

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are delighted to support our community’s educational journey through the next installment of CU Boulder Where You Are: An Online Series Highlighting Teaching, Research and Innovation, led by Chancellor Philip DiStefano. From virtual reality therapy to expert nutritional advice, Be Well: Supporting the Whole Student, from Mental Health to Nutrition highlights the university’s health and wellness innovations with members of CU Boulder’s Health and Wellness Services, CU Athletics and more. 

Health & Human Sciences Librarian Merinda McLure has identified a sampling of related media and welcomes the opportunity to continue uncovering resources with you. 

“The libraries have a wide selection of resources for both academic and personal research into health and wellness topics, so I selected just a few resources that give us an indication of this range,” said McLure.

Merinda's recommendations

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MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library. This resource aims “to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand and free of advertising.”

“I really appreciate that MedlinePlus is openly available to everyone, easy to navigate by broad health topics such as abdominal pain, versus the name of a medical test or drug," McLure said.

An introduction to MedlinePlus is available to users in Spanish or English.



#TalkMentalIllness is a new 5-module online course from June Gruber, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder. The course covers topics from public perceptions of mental illness to evidence-based approaches to treatments.

“I’m especially excited that [June] Gruber invited a wide field of colleagues to lend their voices and expertise to the course,” - McLure said.

The course is now available through CU on Coursera.

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NYT Cooking

Don’t forget that the University Libraries subscribe to The New York Times Cooking section! 

It’s a great discovery tool for recipes and cooking guides, covering everything from weeknight suppers to seasonal favorites and more. Users can search for recipes by diet and look up their nutritional information. 

Students, faculty and staff can activate their access at any time with their IdentiKey.

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Latina/o American Health and Mental Health: Practices and Challenges

Latina/o American Health and Mental Health: Practices and Challenges, by Leticia Arellano-Morales, PhD, and Erica T. Sosa provides readers with insight into health and cultural interests specific to Latinx communities. Strengths-based and social justice perspectives, rather than a deficit perspective, guide the work in its assessment of disparities among treatment for different groups. 

This text is ideal for graduate students, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in public health, community health, family studies, psychology, counseling, social work, and Latina/o studies who are interested in understanding Latina/o health and mental health in the United States and providing culturally responsive services.

The e-book version of this title is available through the University Libraries and WorldCat.

Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare

Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare

The Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare, by Melanie Lang is a comprehensive volume featuring cutting-edge research.

This handbook highlights the issues that can compromise the welfare of athletes at all levels of sport and on the approaches taken by sports organizations to prevent and manage these challenges. 

The e-book version of this title is available through the University Libraries, with print versions accessible through WorldCat.

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Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, edited by Alex C. Michalos, provides readers with an extensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research into patient-reported outcomes research. 

This resource also includes indexes of qualities of communities of diverse sizes, including rural areas, towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, regions, countries and groups of countries. 

The e-book version of this title is available through the University Libraries and WorldCat.

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SPORTDiscus, PubMed and Web of Science

SPORTDiscus, PubMed and Web of Science are databases McLure highly recommends for research topics related to sports, health, and medicine. 

The University Libraries have subscription access to both SPORTDiscus and Web of Science, which are available to faculty, students and staff.

PubMed is available online and is openly accessible.

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Be Well

This College of Arts and Sciences wellness initiative provides resources for all students and employees in the college's community. Each month of the year is associated with a theme and presents programming, research, scholarship and creative works from across the College and in support of wellness.

The March 2021 theme is “Herd Health” with highlighted research by College of Arts and Sciences researchers, including "Can community gardens prevent cancer?" and "Why immigration might reduce crime rates."


Recipes from Buffs Chef Carl Solomon

Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon

  • Portion salmon filet into 6 to 8-ounce portions.
  • Get a non-stick saute pan and warm over medium heat.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of a high smoke point oil, such as rice or canola. Move the pan around to get the entire surface coated.
  • Place your salmon filet presentation side down into the pan.
  • Let the salmon cook for 2-3 minutes until you see golden brown edges. 
  • Flip the filet over and give it another 2-3 minutes on the opposite side, cook until desired doneness.
  • Season with salt and crack black pepper and enjoy!

Wild Mushrooms Risotto

  • In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Add in 1 small, minced shallot and saute for 1 minute.
  • Deglaze with 2 tablespoons of your favorite white wine.
  • Add your arborio rice and allow the butter shallot mix to fully incorporate.
  • From here, you will slowly add just enough simmering stock of your choice to cover the rice
    • (Carl prefers chicken stock)
  • Stir continuously until liquid reduces by half.
  • Repeat this process of adding stock, letting it reduce and stirring until the rice has a creamy yet slightly al dente texture. 
  • Right before serving, fold in your sauteed mushrooms and a few small cubes of cold butter and enjoy!

Sauteed Wild Mushrooms

  • Place a saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add 1 tablespoon of your high smoke point oil.
  • Saute mushrooms for approximately 5 minutes or until golden brown and all released liquid has evaporated.
  • Season with salt & cracked black pepper and enjoy!

Blanched Asparagus

  • Bring a small saucepan full of salted water to a boil.
  • Take your asparagus and trim off the bottom 2-3 inches.
  • Once water is rapidly boiling, drop your asparagus in for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove with a pair of tongs, season with salt and cracked black pepper and enjoy!

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