Tagged Health

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…

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…

Meditation Club for Adults

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

Meditation Club for Adults

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

A Taste of African Heritage

"A Taste of African Heritage is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts…

VIRTUAL Mindfulness Mondays

Each Monday at 5:00 p.m., find a new Mindfulness Activity for Children & Families in our Instagram & Facebook stories. Join Ms. Becky for journaling prompts, breathing exercises, read-alouds, guided meditation, positive…

Kids’ Wellness Day featuring Stacey Woodson, MS, RD, LDN author of Delicious and Nutritious: The Princess of Picky Eating Tries New Foods

Kids' Wellness Day is a collaboration between the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Children's Department, The Free Library Culinary Literacy Center's Nourishing Literacy team, and author Stacey…

Kids’ Wellness Day featuring Stacey Woodson, MS, RD, LDN author of Delicious and Nutritious: The Princess of Picky Eating Tries New Foods

Kids' Wellness Day is a collaboration between the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Children's Department, The Free Library Culinary Literacy Center's Nourishing Literacy team, and author Stacey…

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Get vaccinated at the Library! The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will administer free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for ages 12 and up. No insurance or IDs required. Walk-ins are welcome. Stop by any time between…

Medicare Info Seminar

Do you want to lower your RX costs?  Do you have questions about your Medicare health insurance options?  Do you know how to maximaize your entitlements?     This informative gathering will educate you and you…

Free COVID Vaccine Clinic

Join us COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic administered by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (1 dose for ages 18+) Wednesdays, October 6th & October 27th; November 3rd &…

Meditation Club for Adults

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

A Taste of African Heritage

"A Taste of African Heritage is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts…

Head into the Holidays with a Healthy Start by the Frazier Family Coalition

Wow your family and friends this year by bringing homemade cranberry sauce to the Thanksgiving feast! In this free, virtual program presented by the  Frazier Family Coalition  and  Jefferson Health , we'll be making…

Clinica de vacunacion COVID-19 11-4

Clinica de vacunacion COVID-19 Todos los martes: 21 de septiembre al 9 de noviembre 11am - 4pm Se ofren las vacunas Pfizer (mayores de 12 anos) y Johnson & Johnson No se requiere identificacion. Pasas de SEPTA gratuitos disponibles…

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic 11-4

Free Covid-19 vaccine clinic every Tuesday starting September 21 through November 9 from 11am - 4pm. Pfizer (age 12+) and Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered. No ID required. Free SEPTA passes available on site, Call 311 for…

OUTDOOR Yoga Storytime

Join us for yoga stories & songs, plus movement, meditation, and mindfulness for children age 2-5 and their caregivers! This event is FREE and open to the public. At Yoga Storytime with Ms. Becky, children will learn how…

COVID Vaccine Clinic

COVID Vaccine Clinic Administered by Philadelphia Dept of Public Health Offering Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and J&J (1 dose for ages 18+) Tuesdays beginning July 20 10:00-4:00 No ID or insurance required Walk-ins welcome, or…

VIRTUAL Mindfulness Mondays

Each Monday at 5:00 p.m., find a new Mindfulness Activity for Children & Families in our Instagram & Facebook stories. Join Ms. Becky for journaling prompts, breathing exercises, read-alouds, guided meditation, positive…

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Get vaccinated at the Library! The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will administer free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for ages 12 and up. No insurance or IDs required. Walk-ins are welcome. Join us anytime between…

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Get vaccinated at the Library! The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will administer free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for ages 12 and up. No insurance or IDs required. Walk-ins are welcome. Stop by any time between…

Hip and Knee Pain

Dr. Vakil, of Premier Orthopaedics, will be hosting a virtual seminar with us.  During the seminar, Dr. Vakil will discuss treatment options for hip and knee pain.  Additionally, attendees will be entered into a raffle to win…

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…