Tagged Health

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…

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…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

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…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

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…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

Stop the Bleed

Death due to traumatic bleeding can occur in less than 5 minutes. In under 1 hour, you can learn to save a life.  Register here.  

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…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

Virtual Yoga-Based Movement Workshop

Join us for a yoga-based movement workshop with instructor Michele Tantoco. Please email hoopese@freelibrary.org for the Zoom registration link. This program series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Philadelphia City…

Virtual Yoga-Based Movement Workshop

Join us for a yoga-based movement workshop with instructor Michele Tantoco. Please email hoopese@freelibrary.org for the Zoom registration link. This program series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Philadelphia City…

Stop the Bleed. Save a Life.

In response to increased violence throughout Philadelphia an experienced RN will teach non-medical individuals the proper steps to aid an injured person until help arrives.  In one hour, you can learn to save a life.  This…

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…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

Medicare Awareness: Parts and Options

Join Ms. Monique Scott learn about the Medicare Parts and Options.  Ms. Scott works at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This program will take place both in person and via Zoom.  For Zoom, please…

Virtual Yoga-Based Movement Workshop

Join us for a yoga-based movement workshop with instructor Michele Tantoco. Please email hoopese@freelibrary.org for the Zoom registration link. This program series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Philadelphia City…

Fitness @ the Library

  Join us for a fun fitness class at the library. We’ll strengthen and stretch, with a variety of exercises that improve balance and coordination.  An inclusive class for all bodies. Mat recommended. Sponsored by…

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…

In Person Yoga

Join Whitman library for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8 participants. First come first served.…

Virtual Yoga-Based Movement Workshop

Join us for a yoga-based movement workshop with instructor Michele Tantoco. Please email hoopese@freelibrary.org for the Zoom registration link. This program series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Philadelphia City…

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…