Tagged Health

Heart Health at the Free Library

February is American Heart Month , so it’s a great time to learn about making heart-healthy choices every day and to use your neighborhood library to help improve your heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for…

Meatless Mondays at South Philadelphia Library

If you walk into the South Philadelphia Library meeting room on a Monday afternoon between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., you’ll find a group of children, teenagers, and adults chopping, grating, and peeling fresh veggies to learn about vegan…

November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are too high. There are different types of diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, the more common type,…

Health Insurance Enrollment & Health Fairs at the Free Library of Philadelphia

This November, the Free Library will be hosting enrollment fairs for federal marketplace (Affordable Care Act/Obamacare) health insurance. You can find out more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how to get assistance , and resources…

October is Health Literacy Month

Medical information changes rapidly with new research and when new information is delivered to you during a stressful medical appointment, it can be tough to remember everything you were told. Differing levels of education, access…

Celebrate International Literacy Day with the Free Library!

Happy International Literacy Day ! Literacy is, of course, very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core tenet of our mission to serve Philadelphians. And while everyone knows libraries are literacy hubs, what…

Health Lending Library Now Available in South Philadelphia

The South Philadelphia Library has added a new collection: the Health Lending Library . The first items in this new collection are electronic blood pressure monitors and food scales. These items will now be available for checkout in…

Health Resources for World Hepatitis Day

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day . The goal of this day is to raise awareness about hepatitis. You can do that by reading this blog and checking out health resources at the Free Library! The South Philadelphia Library will be hosting a…

Summer in the City: Heat & Your Health

This summer, we’re bound to have sunny, hot, and humid days. We may even experience extreme heat, when daytime temperatures reach the 90s or 100 degrees or above, along with high humidity and hot nights. This will affect residents…

Summer Thyme Cooks - Apply Now!

The Culinary Literacy Center is excited to present Summer Thyme Cooks, a fresh approach to learning about cooking, collaboration, and cost. Summer Thyme Cooks is a FREE , four-part summer cooking program for kids and teens entering…

Good Food for All: What Does Hunger Look Like To You?

As we gear up for the 3rd Annual Good Food for All Conference with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger on May 11 at the Parkway Central Library , the Culinary Literacy Center wants to know – what does hunger look…

Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month was started in 1992 to increase public awareness of the causes and cures for chronic stress. Stress is the body’s response to a person’s perception of a threat to their well-being. A stressful event…

We <3 Hearts: A Heart Healthy Family Day

The Free Library of Philadelphia, American Heart Association , and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will come together at Parkway Central Library on Saturday, February 18 in honor of American Heart Month to host We <3…

What's the HYPE?

Get HYPE Philly is a city-wide initiative for youth development, funded by GSK and brought to youth by several organizations including The Food Trust and the Free Library of Philadelphia. At Parkway Central Library and the North…

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017 takes place January 9-13. The second annual state-wide week of awareness is unique in that it focuses on a holistic view of teen health and seeks to raise awareness of the health issues facing…

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Starts November 1, 2016!

The United States is about to enter its fourth year of Health Insurance Open Enrollment. This year, consumers can sign up for health insurance between November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. In order to be insured on January 1,…

For the Love of Avocado!

Get HYPE Philly! team and teen participants alike learn new things all the time about the benefits of different foods and how to prepare them. At a recent HYPE program with culinary educator Lauren Nixon , participants learned about the…

October is 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…

Cookbook Club

Do you enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends? Join us one Saturday a month as we explore a new cookbook. We’ll each choose a recipe from the featured cookbook to make and bring for sharing with the group. On June 2, we will…

Healthy Storytime

 Learn about different health topic each month through stories and activities. Presented in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This program is held the fourth Thursday of each month.

Cookbook Club

Do you enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends? Join us one Saturday a month as we explore a new cookbook. We’ll each choose a recipe from the featured cookbook to make and bring for sharing with the group. On May 5, we will…

Healthy Storytime

 Learn about different health topic each month through stories and activities. Presented in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This program is held the fourth Thursday of each month.

WC Gatchel and Friends Show

The show is inspired by the book "The King Who Had Issues," a best-selling children's book.  The author himself plays the part of the Chef and reads the book to the children with the help of his puppets…

Cookbook Club

Do you enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends? Join us one Saturday a month as we explore a new cookbook. We’ll each choose a recipe from the featured cookbook to make and bring for sharing with the group. On April 14, we…

Herbal Incense Cones & Smudges

Transform your herbs into incense for your home! In this hands on workshop, participants will learn how to make incense from all natural ingredients and oils. Participants will take home their own incense from this workshop.. This…

Lip Balm Workshop

In this hands on workshop, participants will learn how to make all natural lip balm using herbs that are easy to grow in a home garden! Each participant will take home two tubes of lip balm from this workshop. This program is presented…

Women's Wellness Circle

The Women’s Wellness Circle is a six-week wellness program at Lillian Marrero Branch promoting physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and environmental health and well-being for the women of North Philadelphia. We aim to…

Quick Dinners with Matthew Whipple, RD

Join Matthew Whipple, Registered Dietitian at ShopRite Whitman Plaza, to learn some tips and tricks for getting a healthy dinner on the table at the end of a busy day!

Monthly Mobile CPR Project

Learning CPR can help keep you and your family safe. The Mobile CPR Project will offer FREE hands-only CPR training on the first Wednesday of each month at 5pm. This class will train you how to recognize a cardiac arrest and how to…

Monthly Family Health Fairs

Join us at the South Philadelphia Library for a family-friendly health fair, including snacks and a nutrition lesson with Matthew Whipple, RD. Each month, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about health resources for your family…

Vegan for Non-Vegans: Redux

Back by popular demand, Joy Manning and Marisa McClellan will teach you some easy, make-ahead meat free staples to prepare on Saturday or Sunday for plant-based meals whenever you want them during the week. The class will explore the…

Women's Wellness Circle

The Women’s Wellness Circle is a six-week wellness program at Lillian Marrero Branch promoting physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and environmental health and well-being for the women of North Philadelphia. We aim to…

Healthy Storytime

 Learn about different health topic each month through stories and activities. Presented in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This program is held the fourth Thursday of each month.

Family Caregiver Workshop: Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors

Are you caring for a relative with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia? Is your relative agitated, refusing help, waking up at night, and/or wandering? Our workshop for family caregivers provides a forum for…

Soup for you– a two-part soup series

Soup lovers rejoice! We’re celebrating the best seasonal veggies winter has to offer with soup-making tips and suggestions from Chef Dolores. We’ll be creating two vegetarian-friendly soups that are sure to…

Cookbook Club

Do you enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends? Join us one Saturday a month as we explore a new cookbook. We’ll each choose a recipe from the featured cookbook to make and bring for sharing with the group. On March 10, we…

Women's Wellness Circle

The Women’s Wellness Circle is a six-week wellness program at Lillian Marrero Branch promoting physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and environmental health and well-being for the women of North Philadelphia. We aim to…

Monthly Mobile CPR Project

Learning CPR can help keep you and your family safe. The Mobile CPR Project will offer FREE hands-only CPR training on the first Wednesday of each month at 5pm. This class will train you how to recognize a cardiac arrest and how to…

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…