Alameda County Library

Alameda County Library designed and delivered BeHealthy5 (pdf) – a weekly, adult program series and monthly activities checklist that promoted financial (pdf), mental (pdf), social (pdf), physical (pdf) and spiritual (pdf) health. The series was offered from January to May 2009 at the Newark Library. Finance programs covered managing personal finances, investing in turbulent times, and estate and retirement planning. Mental health programs included clutter and personal organization, board game sessions, and Tame Your Tech (pdf) which offered free assistance with technology gadgets. Wii bowling, scrapbooking, blogging and finding a love relationship were highlighted programs aimed at promoting social health. Physical health topics included brain health, Wii Play, and health qigong. The project was promoted through community partnerships, local media, and online networks. Due to strong community response, some programs developed through this grant have become ongoing library programs and others will help define future program planning. An active Advisory Committee of local adults age 50+ helped guide library programs, ensuring responsiveness to community needs.

Grant: $20,000

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