Healthy Libraries – more than just books!

This month sees the launch of Buckinghamshire Council’s ‘Healthy Libraries’ pilot programme in a number of libraries across the county.

The programme seeks to highlight that our libraries are a diverse and interactive place for people from all walks of life. Divided up into three categories: Start Well; Live Well and Age Well, Healthy Libraries will cover activities, events and information that aim to promote healthier, happier lives for Buckinghamshire residents.

Libraries act as hives of activity with strong links within the local community and so are ideally placed to support residents whilst promoting health and wellbeing. Whether you want to learn about healthy eating or have a chat about your mental health, there are many ways the selected libraries will be able to support you with your health and wellbeing over the next few months.

Running from February to April, the Healthy Libraries pilot is taking place at libraries in the following locations:

  • Aylesbury
  • Buckingham
  • Burnham
  • Chesham
  • High Wycombe

Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “I am so pleased that the council is launching a pilot that has the potential to be pivotal in the promotion of health and wellbeing in children, adults and older people. All too often people forget that libraries are for more than just books. I think the launch of this pilot will serve as a reminder of what great community resources our local libraries are.”

Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing added: “We want to make sure that helpful and important information on how to look after our health and wellbeing is as accessible as possible to everyone, so what better place to do this than these hubs of community activity? It is important that everyone takes their mental and physical health and wellbeing seriously and there is so much support and advice out there. We can all benefit, often by making just a few simple changes.”

For more information about the Healthy Libraries pilot or for a full list of events running throughout the pilot, visit the Buckinghamshire Council website