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.
- 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
Printables for Children
- E is for Exercise
- Football – Quarterback: Stay Open
- Jump Rope
- Jump Rope for Heart
- Soccer – Boy
- Soccer – Girl
- Yoga – T is for Tree Pose
- Exercise Word Search – Easy
- Exercise Word Search – Difficult
- Exercise is Fun! Track Your Move It Minutes
Printables for Adults:
Trustworthy Online Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Physical Activity
- CDC: Physical Activity – Data and Statistics
- Lets Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
- MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
- National Institute on Aging: Go4Life
- President’s Coucil on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Lets Move!
- WebMD: Fitness & Exercise
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.
- Click to Look inside!
- Author’s Website
- Author’s Twitter Page
- Book Trailer
- Reading Guide from Publisher
- Reading Guide from Oprah.com
- Pacific Crest Trail Association
- New York Times Book Review
- NPR Coverage
- Vogue Interview
Get Active at the Library with Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)
- Gaming for Fines
- DDR Study Break at the library
- How to Run a DDR or Guitar Hero Tournament at Your Library
- The Librarian’s Guide to Gaming from the American Library Association (ALA) – an online toolkit for building gaming at your library.
- ACE & AARP – ACE certified professionals offering a 20% discount and free fitness consultation or group session for seniors who are members of AARP
- ACE-certified Fitness Professional Finder
- Find your local American Heart Association (AHA) chapter
- Fitness and Health Club Finder from ACE
- Become a Community Partner with the USDA/CNNP Nutrition Communicators Network
- Visiting Nurse Associations of America – Find a VNA near you to request a workplace presentation.
- Find a We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition!) program in a community near you
- Find your local YMCA
- CDC – Social Media Tools
- Spread the word! Encourage your students, friends, family, colleagues, or community to participate in the President’s Challenge.
- 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.
Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:
- Map My Walk: Track Route, Distance, Pace and More in Real-time, Using GPS
- Exercise Journal from Everyday Health
- Y-Finder Find your local YMCA