Library Fitness

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Albeit several years old, the Fit For Life initiative serves as an amazing example of the potential of library services (specifically public library services) in partnership with local organizations, agencies and schools. In 2004, MetLife Foundation awarded a grant to to pilot Get Real, Get Fit!, a program designed to provide library systems with training, resources and support to promote health literacy and wellness in their communities, with a specific focus on populations in urban areas with limited access to reliable health information. LFF selected 40 libraries in 15 states to bring together teens and their parents for discussions and activities focused on fitness and nutrition and to help develop these libraries as centers for health information.

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Community Health Connections: Emerging Models of Health Information Services in Public Libraries, an LFF publication, can be downloaded here.

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