Pictured from left to right: Josephine Coyne, County Librarian, Karyn Deegan, Healthy Ireland Coordinator, and Cllr David Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council
Healthy Ireland at your Library is a nationwide initiative which seeks to encourage people to make positive choices to improve their physical and mental health, while also providing support and information to help people make those health choices.
Kilkenny Library Service is involved in the initiative, and services provided include enhanced health information with all library branches having books, eBooks, audio and emagazines on various issues such as healthy eating, positive ageing, childhood health and wellbeing.
Launching the service in Loughboy Library, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council David Fitzgerald said that the programme will establish the libraries in Kilkenny as a valuable source within the community for health information.
Kilkenny’s Healthy Ireland co-ordinator, assistant librarian Karyn Deegan says that as well as this valuable collection of information, there will also be a free programme of events and talks running across the county library network until February 28, and she hopes people will come along and get involved.
Events include introduction to yoga, health and nutrition talks, storytelling yoga for children, talk by Teac Tom, a School of Food event, Optimal Health talk and a visit by food writer and blogger, Ciara Attwell who is the founder of the website My Fussy eater.
Details are available on the website www.kilkennylibrary.ie or by calling into your local branch.
Healthy Ireland At Your Library is being financed by the Department of Health as part of their Healthy Ireland Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025.