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LET’S GET HEALTHY, TOGETHER

Everyone has a role to play in increasing healthy living, including libraries! Let’s Move in Libraries is an international initiative to get people of all ages and abilities on the path to health. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, public libraries can and do support healthy communities through StoryWalks®, seed collections, Yoga classes, gardens, cooking classes, and much, much more. Through Let’s Move in Libraries, public libraries can come together with partners to answer the call to action.

The Let’s Move in Libraries Project receives its inspiration from Former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which from 2010 to 2017 focused on increasing healthy living among Americans through the promotion of Healthy Eating and Active Living, or HEAL.

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HEALTHY EATING AND ACTIVE LIVING

HEALTHY LIVING AT THE LIBRARY FOR ALL AGES

BABIES TO PRESCHOOL

  • Libraries support early literacy through healthy, inter-generational play activities that contribute to the development of fine and gross motor skills.
  • Begin lifelong culinary literacy in programs that introduce new foods and flavors
  • Take your programs outdoors with a StoryWalk®!

ADULTS

  • Libraries have become a place where you meet up with friends and fit physical and culinary literacy into your daily life.
  • We can help you stay healthy! Interested in preparing for your first 5K? Thinking about starting Yoga, Zumba, dancing? Want to learn more about gardening or cooking? It’s time to start active and engaging programs at your local library!

YOUTH AND TEENS

  • The library becomes a safe and fun space for healthy living as schools reduce physical education and home economics offerings.
  • Learn more about Yoga, running, Nerf capture the flag, miniature golf and other popular program ideas.
  • Supercharge your Summer Reading programs with fun, healthy living activities!

SENIORS

  • Regular physical activities help seniors maintain their ability to do the everyday things they love doing.
  • Chair yoga, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and balance classes support independence, strength and brain function.
  • Your library can become a great place to gather with friends and meet new people around food and shared meals.
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LIBRARIES ACROSS THE USA AND CANADA WITH ACTIVE PROGRAMS (ca. 2017)
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OF LIBRARIANS SAID NEW USERS CAME TO THEIR LIBRARIES BECAUSE OF HEALTHY PROGRAMS
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NUMBER OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE USA (Source: IMLS, 2020)

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