Love life at your library this January


Do you want to find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing?

Plymouth City Council’s libraries are holding a month-long programme of free health and wellbeing activities to help you feel healthier and happier and make a great start to 2016. The events are being held in partnership with Livewell South West.

The programme kicks off on Saturday 9 January at the Central Library. Drop in from 10am to 2pm to speak to experts about the Dry January campaign and find out how giving up drink can help from improved sleep to weight loss. You will also be able to find out about the wide range of health and wellbeing services on offer at our libraries including Livewell@the Library health resources, Read Well: Books on Prescription, Home Library Service and books for carers.

Activities available at our libraries throughout January include:

  • Healthy eating workshops
  • Free blood pressure and hearing tests
  • Support and information for carers
  • Free massage sessions
  • Stress management, sleeping well, and mindfulness workshops
  • Information on a range of conditions including dementia, arthritis, autism and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chair based exercise sessions
  • Feel better with a book group

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to come and find out more about what health and wellbeing support there is in our local libraries. As well as these events in January, libraries hold sessions throughout the year so check out our website to find out more.

“Don’t forget as well if you want to try and give up alcohol for the month for Dry January you will be able to get advice on how to sign up at Central Library this Saturday.”

Janice Potter, Deputy Head of Health Improvement at Livewell South West, said: “We are delighted to be a partner in the Love life programme, and recognise that the library offers a great range of resources which can help people to think about their health and make positive changes. Deciding to make a major lifestyle change like stopping smoking, losing weight, becoming more active and/or cutting back on alcohol, can be a daunting challenge to undertake alone.

“The Livewell team can offer one to one support, specialist services and group activities which can help people stay on track to achieve their personal goals. There is no limit to how many times our support can be accessed, and we know that sometimes it takes more than one attempt to reach a goal. Our specialist advisers will be on-hand at the library event, or can be contacted via our Livewell line on 01752 437177 or via our website www.livewellplymouth.co.uk

For more information visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing or call 01752 305900.