Tagged Health

I Belong: Facing COVID-19 with Wellness and Resilience

The Languages and Learning Center (LLC) supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education, language learning, and digital literacy.  This guest blog post is…

Stocking Up Food for the Winter

Written by Alex Evenson, Philabundance Nutrition Educator, with additions from Caity Rietzen, Culinary Literacy Center Supervisor Frozen peas, canned beans, and potato chips. What do these three food items have in common? Since the…

Cooking with Pomegranates: Seeds the Day!

Pomegranates! They are unique red fruits filled with many juicy seeds, with a sweet and tart taste. While these fruits grow in warmer climates, they can be available in some local Philly stores in the fall and early winter months. …

Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Written by Alex Evenson, Philabundance Nutrition Educator, with additions from Caity Rietzen, Culinary Literacy Center Supervisor   Cooking is a wonderful way to bring people together, and while this year's holiday will be…

Using the City's Online Maps to Find Free Food Distribution and COVID-19 Testing Sites

As COVID-19 cases surge in our city, Philadelphia health officials have announced a new Safer at Home plan, which aims to limit the spread of this virus through this difficult period. Vaccines for COVID-19 are currently under…

Philadelphia Announces New "Safer at Home" Restrictions and Closures to Fight Rising COVID-19 Cases

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events, and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve,…

Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month and certainly in October 2020—health is on everyone’s mind. At the Free Library, "literacy" is one of our favorite words, as it means "being able to understand." …

National Depression Screening Day

by Jessica Walker and Allegra D'ambruoso According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 16.2 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode. This represents 6.7 percent of the U.S. adult…

Salad Science: Make a Simple Vinaigrette!

There may be no better way to dress your salad than with a healthy, homemade vinaigrette! While choosing a salad may seem like an inherently nutritious option (and it often is!), adding the wrong dressing can drown out the health…

Workshops and Resources for Teens Navigating Uncertain Times

This is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for everyone. But if you're a teenager, you may be feeling especially vulnerable. The Free Library is bringing you a series of workshops over the next several days to help you process…

#MaskUpPHL: Why, When, and How to Use a Mask

Updated June 29, 2020 10:00 a.m. On Friday, June 26, 2020, Mayor Kenney signed a Mandatory Mask Order , which requires masks to be worn in any indoor public spaces and outdoors if there is less than six feet between people from…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Thai Citrus Salad

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. While Free…

Tips and Suggestions for Juggling Work from Home and Homeschooling Duties

It's been 8 weeks since Philadelphia schools closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic , leaving parents and caregivers pivoting back and forth between work schedules and full-time childcare, amongst other concerns. Last week was the first…

5 FAQs for Food Safety During COVID-19 and Tons of Reliable Resources

These are scary times, and there is a lot of false information out there, so it’s important to make sure that you are finding answers using reliable resources. Questions about food safety during this crisis have become a hot…

Straight from the Source—Philly Tap Water is Safe and Delicious!

As we have all come to learn recently, finding certain items at the grocery store or through online shopping has become much more difficult than usual. Shelves are often cleared of milk, bread, eggs… and bottled water?  The…

Join the Free Library for Online Storytimes and Virtual Activities!

**Upated to reflect new virtual programs on March 26 at 3:23 p.m.** While we’re sad that our buildings are closed for now , our Free Library librarians and staff members are taking some of your favorite programs online…

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

***Updated 3:45 p.m. March 4, 2020: Due to the evolving nature and recommendations about the COVID-19 coronavirus, parts of this post may be out of date. For the latest information from the Health Department, please visit their COVID-19…

Stay Fit—Borrow a Home Gym Kit!

New year, new you! Let one of our new Home Gym Kits help support your health and fitness goals. You can use your library card to borrow the kit for up to two weeks.  Inside the kit you will find: A non-slip yoga mat…

Michelle Obama Grows a Garden

Today is the birthday of celebrated former First Lady and citizen of the world, Michelle Obama . A political figure in her own right, Michelle Obama is well known for her healthy eating campaign, Lets Move! The campaign targeted…

Let the Free Library Help You with Your New Year’s Resolution!

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on this decade and welcome 2020? I sure can’t! With every passing year – but particularly a momentous one like this – I can’t help but turn my attention to goals…

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Care Crisis: A Time Capsule of Art & Curating During a Pandemic

Enforced social isolation resulting from the pandemic threatens to leave local seniors more disconnected than ever before. To help combat the potential stress of this isolation, Parkway Central Library’s Senior Services and…

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Care Crisis: A Time Capsule of Art & Curating During a Pandemic

Enforced social isolation resulting from the pandemic threatens to leave local seniors more disconnected than ever before. To help combat the potential stress of this isolation, Parkway Central Library’s Senior Services and…

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Care Crisis: A Time Capsule of Art & Curating During a Pandemic

Enforced social isolation resulting from the pandemic threatens to leave local seniors more disconnected than ever before. To help combat the potential stress of this isolation, Parkway Central Library’s Senior Services and…

Community Screening & Discussion: Wild Food, I Think I Love You

Join the members of the Nourishing Literacy team in viewing and discussing the PBS short film "Wild Food, I Think I Love You." This film is a part of PBS' Food Forward series, and shares perspectives from people who are…

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Care Crisis: A Time Capsule of Art & Curating During a Pandemic

Enforced social isolation resulting from the pandemic threatens to leave local seniors more disconnected than ever before. To help combat the potential stress of this isolation, Parkway Central Library’s Senior Services and…

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Care Crisis: A Time Capsule of Art & Curating During a Pandemic

Enforced social isolation resulting from the pandemic threatens to leave local seniors more disconnected than ever before. To help combat the potential stress of this isolation, Parkway Central Library’s Senior Services and…

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation via Facebook Live

Join Miss Abbe on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. live ( Fumo Family Library ) for some calm Mindfulness Meditation using a body scan and breathing techniques, ground your body and mind. 

Exercise DVDs

Try a new workout or an old favorite with these DVDs.

Health for Kids

Check out some health-related books for kids and teens at the Free Library.

Health

Here are some of the health books on the shelves of the Free Library.

Diabetes

Learn more about diabetes and how to manage it.

Health

What are your health questions? The Free Library can connect you with resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle, including research tools, cooking classes, resources to help you quit smoking or increase your exercise, and…

Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month, a month dedicated to promoting the importance of understandable health information. The month was first honored as an annual worldwide event in 1999 and continues to be an important initiative in…