Five Ways to Health and Wellbeing with Cheshire West and Chester libraries

8 January 2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Libraries Service has organised a Health and Wellbeing week and is promoting a range of activities to help people stay fit and well.

Health and Wellbeing week takes place between 18 and 23 January in libraries across Cheshire West and Chester.

All the activities connect with the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which is a great way for everyone in Cheshire West and Chester to make positive changes to their health and the way they feel about themselves. The Five Ways to Wellbeing encourages everyone to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “Libraries are about so much more than books and can help you connect with the people around you. You could try something new, like researching your family tree, or borrow a book to become more active; we have books on all sorts of activities, from football to yoga, mountain climbing to pilates.

“Take notice next time you visit and discover what your local library has to offer on-line through the eResources and eBook collections.  There is a whole world of information available at your fingertips, 24/7.

Always keep learning by exploring your local library for ideas for new hobbies; find out about clubs and societies in the area, or adult education classes.  Our Libraries have everything from Knit and Natter to Adult Colouring Groups - this craze for colouring in books has swept the country and, if you haven’t tried it, it’s surprisingly enjoyable, creative and calming.”“Also, why not give something back to your local community? You could join us as an IT Buddy and help other people to get online.  Or cook an extra portion of dinner for an older neighbour through the Casserole Club.” Reading for just six minutes can have a direct and significant impact on stress levels, thereby improving individual mental health. If you have trouble reading a book, why not listen to one? The Libraries Service offers a range of books on CD, or you can even download them online for free via the website.

If you know someone who loves reading but can’t get to the library the Council’s Home Library Service can help. Working in conjunction with the RVS, the scheme is able to deliver books, large print books and talking books to people who have difficulties getting out and about.
The Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme consists of a collection of recommended self-help books for common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. There is also a selection of Mood Boosting Books, for an uplifting read.

To find out more pop into your local library, or visit the libraries service website for a full list of events happening during Health and Wellbeing Week at: 

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