45% of Americans are feeling down, depressed, or hopeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to MedlinePlus, an authoritative online health encyclopedia created by the National Institutes of Health, there are many mental health benefits to maintaining an active lifestyle. People who are active may enjoy a happier mood, less stress, and a stronger body.
The library is partnering with the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte County for a more “Healthy You”. Watch for “Healthy You” events for all ages this summer and beyond. Did you know that 20% of questions at the Library’s Help Desk are related to health and wellness? Community members recognize that libraries are partners in healthy communities. This is why the La Porte County Public Library offers wellness classes and events that support increased health literacy. When you attend a health and wellness class this summer, not only will you enjoy excellent instruction and a community of support, but you will also receive a water bottle or beach ball, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a bike or kayak.
Weekly yoga classes help relieve stress. According to MedlinePlus, yoga can improve your overall fitness level and improve your posture and flexibility. It may also:
–Lower your blood pressure and heart rate
–Help you relax
–Improve your self-confidence
–Improve your coordination
–Improve your concentration
–Help you sleep better
–Aid with digestion
Learn more about mental health and depression at Walk with a Doc on June 30 and August 4 at 8:00 am at the Chessie Trail and Truesdell Ave with Stacy Garcelon of Anam Cara Stables. You can join us for Walk with a Doc on Tuesday mornings all summer long.
Every time you attend a Healthy you event, you will be entered in a drawing to win a bike or kayak. The raffle for the bike and kayak will be drawn on Friday, August 7 at 12:00 pm and the winners can pick up their prizes during open hours anytime after that.