Tagged Health

International Day of Yoga

Today, Friday, June 21, is recognized as the International Day of Yoga and organizations around the world are preparing fun ways to engage their communities through yoga practice. Many people, however, are intimidated by yoga. It is…

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Community Engagement

Chera Kowalski is the Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Free Library of Philadelphia and a participant in Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. The Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May, among other things, is Mental Health Awareness Month —so this is a great time to discuss and reduce the stigma around mental illness. Millions of people in the United States and around the world cope with depression, anxiety,…

LEAP Spotlight: Training on Trauma Informed Approach

LEAP , the Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program, is continuously looking for ways to better serve youth in Philadelphia. On January 25, LEAP hosted training for staff on Trauma Informed Approach, led by Michael O'Bryan, the…

Get Pumped Up for American Heart Month!

February has been named American Heart Month , to raise awareness of how heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States while still being the most preventable. The average heart beats 100,000 times a day and pumps…

Senior Strength Training Big Success at Fumo Family Library

It’s 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and nearly a dozen seniors at the Fumo Family Library are stretching, strengthening, and sweating to Funk, Disco, and Soul tunes. While it’s not unusual to see seniors at the library…

Health Support at the Free Library

Do you need help finding healthcare or signing up for federal benefits? Do you have questions about resources for free or low-cost food? Are you worried about the mental health of a family member? Find support and get your questions…

Grip, Philadelphia's Pet Raven

One of the most popular items in the Rare Book Department that resonates with visitors the world over is not what you would expect. It is not a rare manuscript or a printed book from one of our spectacular literary or historical…

The Free Library is Here for You During 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…

Hypnosis & Your Health

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things, such as for quitting smoking , curing…

Library Card Signup Month | You Can Get WHAT at the Free Library?

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month , and while we all know that a library card grants you instant access to a treasure trove of books, DVDs, and audiobooks from our catalog , we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight…

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week takes place this week, from April 2-8. But what is "public health", you may be asking? Public health promotes and protects the health of all people and the communities where we live, learn, work,…

7 Tips to a Healthy National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month . Here are 7 Healthy Tips to put your best fork forward... Include a variety of healthy foods in your diet, from all of the food groups on a regular basis. Eat more fruits and vegetables . Be mindful of…

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…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

Kids Cooking Club and Family Holiday Party!

Learn how to make healthy afterschool snacks with our Mobile Cooking Teacher, Keisha Prosser. Construct simple and delicious snacks from start to finish; such as, mini vegetable pizzas, granola bars, and fruit smoothies. You will also…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

Pop-Up Cooking Classes with the Mobile Cooking Teachers

Stop by once a month for Ree & Kei’s Pop-up Mobile Cooking classes. Bringing the fun back into the kitchen! Lessons include: knife skills, team building, cooking and baking principles, food safety, healthy choices, and how to…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an opioid overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now offering FREE training on overdose awareness and overdose reversal using naloxone, or Narcan. We will be…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

Pop-Up Cooking Classes with the Mobile Cooking Teachers

Stop by once a month for Ree & Kei’s Pop-up Mobile Cooking classes. Bringing the fun back into the kitchen! Lessons include: knife skills, team building, cooking and baking principles, food safety, healthy choices, and how to…

Philadelphia Department of Public Health| FREE NARCAN DAY

Health department staff will be available to answer questions, give information about responding to drug overdoses, offer training, and distribute Narcan. From 1-4PM

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

Kids Cooking Club

Learn how to make healthy afterschool snacks with our Mobile Cooking Teacher, Keisha Prosser. Construct simple and delicious snacks from start to finish; such as, mini vegetable pizzas, granola bars, and fruit smoothies. You will also…

New and Expectant Parents Group

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for parents and their young ones. All parents, nannies, and caregivers that have or are…

Kids Cooking Club

Learn how to make healthy afterschool snacks with our Mobile Cooking Teacher, Keisha Prosser. Construct simple and delicious snacks from start to finish; such as, mini vegetable pizzas, granola bars, and fruit smoothies. You will also…

PDPH Free Narcan Day

With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an opioid overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now offering FREE training on overdose awareness and overdose reversal using naloxone, or Narcan. Trainings…

Acupuncture for Health & Well Being

Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to reduce stress and relieve pain while stimulating the body's natural healing processes.  Join us for a free talk followed by Q&A about how acupuncture can benefit you and your…

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…