The Jackson County Public Library has announced a new series of public programs to run through the summer called Mind and Body: Health, Nutrition, and You. These monthly presentations will focus on community health priorities and have been created in collaboration with local agencies and organizations. Topics include nutrition, diabetes prevention, PTSD, suicide prevention, addiction, dementia, and end-of-life care and planning.
In late January, MCPL staff joined the Iotla Valley Elementary School’s PTO Family Fitness Night and gave the kids the chance to dance on the moon! With the help of a green screen and software provided by NASA, kids had a wonderful time getting fun exercise by dancing in space, with the moon as their all-star background. This unique combination of STEM and fitness was extremely popular with kids and parents alike. For a video montage, go to: https://youtu.be/iz08jJCdbxc
Another winter program involved staff from Abel Fitness in Franklin, who worked with library patrons of all ages to focus on posture, body alignment, the anatomy of movement, and the benefits of correct body mechanics. Attendees experimented with all of these concepts to experience the benefits of proper movement, turning the library’s living room into an exercise studio and promoting the library as a place to learn about health and wellness for every body.