Tagged Health

Exercising With Baby: Babies Need Exercise, Too!

Hey there, new parents and caregivers! It's time to get those little bundles of joy moving and grooving — babies need exercise too! Picture this: your adorable baby, exploring the world with those tiny hands and…

Penn Med's Health Talk Tuesdays

The Science and Wellness Department invites you to explore and learn about health topics in a new program series. Introducing Penn Med's Health Talk Tuesdays !  Skip the waiting room and hear about the latest health advice and…

Observing Mental Health Awareness Month With the Free Library

May 1 begins Mental Health Awareness Month; this is a time to think more about our mental health journeys. Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness about the importance of mental health in the…

What's Your New Year's Resolution for 2023?

We're about to embark on a new year, and even if you're not a New Year's Resolution person, you might view this time of year - and the turning of the calendar - as a chance to evaluate goals for the next 12…

Empathy Versus Misinformation: Transgender Youth Panel Series

Lately, transgender and gender non-conforming youth have been a hot topic across the nation. Many people feel confused, even panicked, and it can be hard to tell what claims being made are even true. We've assembled a panel of…

April is Stress Awareness Month

It’s never too late to take personal inventory and check in with yourself. How is your mental health? When was the last time you drank some water or ate a fully balanced meal? Can you remember the last time you inhaled and exhaled…

The Free Library and You: New Year’s Resolutions in 2022!

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on another (long, strange, COVID-19 filled...) year? I know I can't!  While I've never really been a big New Year's Resolution person, I do appreciate how the…

COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children and Available in Philadelphia

The FDA has approved a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11—just in time for the holidays! The holiday season is usually a time for family and friends to gather and share food and fun. For the past year and a half, however,…

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month!

by Lillian B. and Jake T. Afraid of shots or needles? Have questions about protecting your health? Get excited to learn with us this National Immunization Awareness Month ! Primarily, immunizations are most effective when given to…

Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box... Chicken and Potatoes

This week at Whitman Library  we are making a simple meal of Chicken and Potatoes that can be tweaked and flavored to your preferences! Baking with Becca at Whitman Library I prepared and cooked chicken two ways because we are…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

by Breshay Woods, Culinary Literacy Center Intern Edible Alphabet  is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center . Our mission is to teach English language…

Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box

Baking with Becca began at Whitman Library , nestled between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Snyder Avenue in South Philly. When COVID hit, we had to take a long break. I continued to grow and learn to strengthen this class and to steel myself…

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…

Eagles Eye Mobile

The Eagles Eye Mobile will be at Charles Durham Libary, this summer giving kids (ages 5-18) NO-COST eye exams and if needed, glasses! Please visit  https://eem.intakeq.com/booking  to schedule an appointment. …

Free Medicare Workshop with Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell is a Medicare benefits advisor. She will be on-hand to answer your Pennsylvania Medicare questions.  Attend one of her free workshops and find the best plan for you! This is a free workshop. No reservations are…

Eagles Eye Mobile

This Summer, the Eagles Eye Mobile, powered by Vision to Learn, is providing no cost eye exams and glasses for kids (grades K-12) who have previously failed a vision screening or have vision issues. To schedule an appointment for…

CPR Training with The Mobile CPR Project

Join us for a free non-certified CPR training with The Mobile CPR Project . Whether you are new to CPR or just want to practice your skills, this class is for you! Coffee and bagels will be provided.  This 45-minute class will…

Kids Can Cook! with Keisha Prosser

Kids and Teens are invited to join us for the final in our series of Kids Can Cook! classes at the Fishtown Library! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka the Mobile Cooking Teacher. This program is…

Free Medicare Workshop with Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell is a Medicare benefits advisor. She will be on-hand to answer your Pennsylvania Medicare questions.  Attend one of her free workshops and find the best plan for you! This is a free workshop. No reservations are…

Eagles Eye Mobile at the Library

This summer, the Eagles Eye Mobile - Powered by Vision To Learn - is providing no-cost eye exams and glasses to kids (in K - 12th Grade) who have previously failed a vision screening or are having vision problems. Visit this link…

Eagles Eye Mobile

This Summer, the Eagles Eye Mobile, powered by Vision to Learn, is providing no cost eye exams and glasses for kids (grades K-12) who have previously failed a vision screening or have vision issues. To schedule a…

Children’s Yoga

This class for school-aged children, led by Bianca Santini-Dumas, will focus on a peak posture along with a mindfulness exercise which may include breathing techniques or meditation. School-aged children under 7 years old must be…

Kids Can Cook! with Keisha Prosser

Kids and Teens are invited to join us at the Fishtown Library one Monday each month at 4:00pm (7/15 & 8/12) to help prepare and enjoy a meal! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka the Mobile…

Free Medicare Workshop with Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell is a Medicare benefits advisor. She will be on-hand to answer your Pennsylvania Medicare questions.  Attend one of her free workshops and find the best plan for you! This is a free workshop. No reservations are…

Courageous Kids: Wilma Exhibit

In partnership with Philadelphia Doll Museum Forward , we now have on display Wilma alongside related library materials and activities. Wilma was made to honor four brave Black girls named Ruby Bridges, Leona Tate, Gail Etienne…

Author Talk: Caroline Wiseblood-Meline, PhD

This unique book helps readers address four major obstacles to conquering chronic and compulsive overeating: not understanding the constraints on their will, not living in their creative true self, unconsciously working against their…

Penn Med's Health Talk Tuesdays | Accessing Health Benefits

Do you find accessing health care benefits and community resources complicated? Are you in need of help with day-to-day problems? Join us to hear from Patti Meehan, Director of the Social Work Department at the Hospital of the…

CPR Training with The Mobile CPR Project

Join us for a free non-certified CPR training with The Mobile CPR Project . Whether you are new to CPR or just want to practice your skills, this class is for you! Coffee and bagels will be provided.  This 45-minute class will…

Free Medicare Workshop with Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell is a Medicare benefits advisor. She will be on-hand to answer your Pennsylvania Medicare questions.  Attend one of her free workshops and find the best plan for you! This is a free workshop. No reservations are…

Meditation Club for Adults (Virtual)

Let's meditate together!  We will explore various modalities of meditation in this ongoing program.  Meditation has many benefits.  It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and…

Free COVID-19 Test Giveaway

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will be at Whitman Library twice a month with FREE at-home COVID tests, face masks, and hand sanitizers, while supplies last. No insurance or ID is required. Please call 215-685-5488 or email…

Free Narcan and Fentanyl Test Strip Distribution - Outside the Library

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) has partnered with the Library to offer a safe, discreet place to pick-up Narcan and Fentanyl Test Strips, during the library's open hours.  PDPH will be in front of the…

Walking Wednesdays

Put on your walking shoes as you join us every Wednesday for Walking Group. We meet at Whitman Library, walk up to Washington Ave and walk back to Whitman Library. No need to be a speed walker, this group is a walk at your own pace,…

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…