Bolton libraries had a busy week with the promotion of Health Information Week. Health agencies were on hand to provide information and advice to the public. Agencies involved included Macmillan Cancer, Diabetes UK, Bolton Public Health, Smoking Cessation, Bolton NHS, Dementia specialists and Deafway. Lots of invaluable information was provided.
A Mindfulness workshop run by Public Health was well attended and offered ways to learn how to control your focus of attention which in turn helps you enjoy life.
Health Information Week also saw the launch of the new Books on Prescription collection, ‘Reading Well for People with Long Term Conditions’. Titles cover conditions such as arthritis, IBS, asthma, COPD, diabetes, stroke, pain management etc.
The branches had displays to highlight health issues through their book stock.
Throughout the week we had mindfulness colouring sheets and colouring pencils on offer for people to take away. It is thought that colouring can help to de-stress and relax, some people even say it helps them sleep. If you took a colouring sheet, we’d love to see the finished piece, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to our blog, like this beautiful one from Summaya Ali.
The week culminated with a smoothie bike event at Central library which gave staff the opportunity to promote healthy eating and the NHS Live Well 5 a day campaign. We used 9.5kg of fruit and 49 bananas to make over 60 smoothies.
During Health Information Week the library wanted to promote healthy living and also provide information on illnesses and diseases that people may be living with. Information gives people knowledge and knowledge is important when recognising symptoms, treatments and raising questions to ask your doctor. There were health book displays in the Upfront area covering a variety of popular health topics.
Our younger readers also got involved, Arty Babies and Toddler tales had healthy eating themes. The Toddler tales group even had a visit from a member of the Oral Health Improvement Team to talk to them about dental hygiene.