Health Information Week 2018

Bolton libraries celebrated Health Information Week with a wide range of events and activities.

Health information week at Bolton libraries was a very busy and eventful week. Bolton Central library launched their first ‘Down Memory Lane’ session aimed at people with early onset dementia and their carers. There were objects and photographs to jog memories and reminisce. Harwood, Breightmet and Westhoughton libraries also run ‘Down Memory Lane’ sessions. Come along to future sessions, all welcome.

A very colourful Travelling Happiness Bar was stationed in the library for the week and was manned by staff from the library/museum, Bolton at Home and CVS who spoke to dozens of people about their five ways of wellbeing – to connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

Health Information Week also saw the launch of the new Reading Well for Mental Health Books on Prescription booklist. A set of new books recommended by health professionals and people with mental health needs. Subjects covered include stress, wellbeing, depression, anxiety etc.

2018 is the 70th birthday of the NHS and to celebrate this, visitors were given tours of the archives and shown original records documenting the history of healthcare in Bolton.

Several organisations including Macmillan, Bolton Carers Support, Independent Living Service and Primary Care Psychological Therapy Service had information stands and spoke to the public about their services and the help they offer.

At both Central and Harwood libraries, NHS health trainers offered blood pressure checks and information regarding stopping smoking, cutting back on alcohol, healthier diets and getting more exercise.

Younger members of the library also joined in with Health Information Week with the Toddler Tales and Arty Babies sessions focusing on health and wellbeing.

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