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Librarians: Plan Ahead for January, Exercise and Fitness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are January 2013 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for three months out. 

Still working on Fall and December? Check out October: Talk About Prescriptions Month,  November: National Healthy Skin Month, and December: National Handwashing Awareness Month. Does your library program focus on Maintaining a Healthy Weight this January? Check out our January 2012 library health programming ideas.

January is a time for new beginnings and resolutions. Fitting in fitness is, for most people, at or near the top of their list of promises to themselves for the coming year — and with good reason. Exercise lends all kinds of benefits: cardiovascular health, weight loss, strength and agility, and more.

Helping your library users set and keep their New Year’s fitness resolutions will be easy with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages and activities for children
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club:
  • Tie Ins: integrate exercise into craft time, story time or after school fun
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize Exercise and Fitness Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy

Printables for Children

Printables for Adults:

Featured Resources


Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

From the publisher:

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Tie Ins

Get Active at the Library with Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use these free resources alongside your library’s January programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote both your library’s programs and New Year’s healthy weight resolutions.
  • CDC – Social Media Tools
  • Spread the word! Encourage your students, friends, family, colleagues, or community to participate in the President’s Challenge.
    • 2010-11 President’s Challenge Poster: PDF
    • President’s Challenge Logo: PDF or GIF
    • Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) Logo: Blue Text PDF or White Text PDF
    • Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Logo: PDF
  • We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition!) a national public education program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8-13.

Fun Stuff

Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

Free Apps:

Interactive Web Sites for Children and Teens:

Posted on: October 1, 2012, 12:48 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with:

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  1. Good one, thanks for the wonderful post, i feel i can have a great schedule to my kids with the guidance shared here.

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