Geri-Fit Virtual Fitness in Libraries Opportunity for Small and Rural American Libraries

Through our involvement with Go4Life, Let’s Move in Libraries has formed a partnership with Geri-Fit, a progressive resistance exercise program designed for older adults. We are helping Geri-Fit start a virtual fitness study based in rural and small libraries throughout the United States. Consider joining the dozens of libraries that have already signed up to participate!

Designed exclusively for older adults, Geri-Fit helps rebuild strength that’s been lost through the aging process and helps to ensure a higher level of function as we continue to age. This national initiative seeks to partner with rural public libraries to extend access to physical fitness. Geri-Fit will provide your library with DVDs and other resources you can use to provide free, evidence-based fitness classes at your library, in exchange for participating in a study on the effectiveness of this program (which uses DVDs instead of instructors). You’ll be given public performance rights that will enable you to use these resources at your library for as long as you wish to do so.

To participate, your library must be be willing and able to offer a series of free exercise classes for older adults during a 12 week period, beginning around January 2018 for 12 continuous weeks. Classes would be held on two, non-consecutive days per week for 45-minutes. Other requirements: Your library must be in the U.S., and have either a DVD player or a wide-screen TV or projector with the capability of displaying a workout video that participants could see and move along with. Your library must have study chairs with no arms – each participant will need two chairs for this exercise class. For more information on the program, download this presentation.

The program is prepared and ready to go! Are you ready to take advantage of this free opportunity? To express interest in this opportunity, fill out this form. A staff member from Geri-Fit will then follow up with you. Don’t delay! If you have questions, you can also reach out directly to Geri-Fit.

Additional resources that may help you get started offering chair-based and other exercise programs at your library

InfoPeople. 2013. Instant Recess: Encouraging Customers and Staff to Get Moving in the Library. Webinar archive has pdf of how to do these types of programs.

Liz Morris. 2016. “Engaging Public Libraries in Community Health Information and Services.” National Networks of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest regional medical library (NN/LM PNR). See also

Quatrella, L. and B. Blosveren. 1994. Sweat and self-esteem: A public library supports young women. Wilson Library Bulletin 68, no. 7: 34-36. Quatrella-1994-Wilson_library-Bulletin.pdf

Stacy Delano. 2017. Tai Chi at the Stillwater Public Library.

Today’s News Herald: Havasu News. 2016. Tai Chi Returns to Havasu Library under pilot program.

San Diego County Library. Turning Enthusiasm into Exercise with Adaptive Zumba,

Jessica Jupitus. How to Design Library Programming That Reaches Millennials and Generation X. Discusses Book Club Urban Walk and Punk Rock Aerobics. Ideas and Inspiration from DEMCO

Engeszer, R. J., W. Olmstadt, J. Daley, M. Norfolk, K. Krekeler, M. Rogers, G. Colditz et al. 2016. Evolution of an academic–public library partnership. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA 104, no. 1: 62-66. Discusses development of adult fitness program in St. Louis Public Library

Pyatetsky, J. 2016. “Promoting health and fitness literacy at the library.” Public libraries online

Morris, L. 2015. Community members move and groove at Hampton Public Library. WebJunction. Retrieved from:

Morgan, K. 2013. Health happens in libraries. NextSpace December 16. Retrieved from:

Boyer, Katie. 2014. “Fitness Programs in the Library” Public Libraries Online.

Zaker, Jessica. 2014. “‘I’ve Never Been So Sweaty in a Library’: Programs that Pop.” Library Journal.

Mills, Michelle. 2014. “Getting Fit @ The Library.” Public Libraries Online.

EIFL. 2012. Keeping fit in Romania: Pietrari Local Public Library helps the community get back into shape.

Trauring, M. 2012. Fitness classes flood local libraries. Southampton Press January 9. Retrieved from:

Libraries Embrace Changing Role. On programs in Norwalk [CT] Public Library.

Morris, Liz. 2016. “Health Happens in Libraries Part II: Programs.” Public Libraries Online.

Himchak, E. M. 2014. Check out fitness options at libraries. The San Diego Union-Tribune January 9. Retrieved from:

Libraries Now Offering Books and Workouts: Public Libraries are now the Place to Stretch Your Mind and Body.

Scottish library offers free pole dancing classes to help boost attendance.

Les Lehman, Jessamine County Public Library. 2016. Four Programs for Connecting Information and Fitness.

Decatur (Illinois) Herald & Review. 2012. Decatur Public Library partners with fitness centers to provide free exercises classes.

Rivard Report. 20 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at Your San Antonio Public Library (#17 is Get Fit).
See also Urban Libraries Council. Adult Fitness Stations, Playgrounds & Walking Paths at the Library. San Antonio Public Library.–playgrounds—walking-paths-at-the-library-innovation-832.php?page_id=171.

Record-Journal. A day for wellness at the Durham Public Library.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2011. Tai chi classes offered at Mt. Lebanon library to help relieve arthritis and stress.

The Press Democrat. 2016. Get fit, healthy for free at Sonoma County libraries.

Omaha Public Library. 2014. Tiba Brown offers fitness, friendship and fun with Zumba.

Health Happens in Libraries. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Women’s Health Fair.

Health Happens in Libraries. Hampton Public Library Zumba with Felicia.

Urban Libraries Council. Humana Healthy Kids Zone. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Urban Libraries Council. Fit for Life at the Library. Fresno County Public Library.

Don Sapatkin. 2016. South Philly center combines health, literacy, recreation.

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