Porter Library takes annual Health Fair virtual

[NOTE: Westlake Porter Public Library will be closing beginning today, Sept. 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. The Library has been informed that staff members of the library have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, WPPL will remain closed and will reopen at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. During the closure, browsing and computer use will be suspended. However, the drive-up window on the south side of the building will remain open and many of our scheduled virtual programs will continue. Visit westlakelibrary.org for updates to check the status of online programs.]

Westlake Porter Public Library is taking its annual Health Fair virtual this year, with a week’s worth of virtual programs, online health challenges and health blogs. The Virtual Health Fair Week will take place Sept. 20-26.

All ages are invited to join The Healthy Living Challenge on Beanstack. Complete activities to earn points toward a healthy living prize. Participants may log their activities on Beanstack using the same account they used for the Summer Reading Challenge, or on logs they can pick up at the library or print out at home from westlakelibrary.org. Points may be earned from Sept. 20-26, and paper logs must be returned to the library by Sept. 26. Prize drawings will be held on Sept. 28. The more activities participants do and the more library programs they attend during the week, the more prize points they’ll earn.

The four available prize packs are courtesy of the Friends of Porter Library. Two are for adults and two are kid and teen friendly.

In addition to the Challenge, participants can also check out the library’s health-related blogs throughout the week at blogs.westlakelibrary.org, and attend the following programs:

Monday, September 21 (11-11:30 a.m.) Health and Medical Databases (Live) – Kick off Health Fair Week with an overview of the databases we have that can jump start your research towards a healthier you! Program will be live on the library’s social media (Facebook and YouTube).

Monday, September 21 (noon-1 p.m.) Hear Better so You Can Socially Distance Better (Live) –The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center will share ideas on how to improve your hearing, particularly during these unprecedented times. Face masks create some challenges for those with hearing loss and hearing aids. We will discuss how to hear better while staying safe and socially distancing! Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the Zoom meeting.  

Tuesday, September 22 (noon-1 p.m.) Get E-Healthy: Digital and Emerging Health Technology (Live) – From 7-minute workout apps, to a mobile EKG that can fit in your pocket, to a ring that can detect sickness before even showing symptoms, technology can do amazing things to help us get and stay healthy. Discover which devices can help motivate, track, and increase the quality of your health and lifestyle. Learn about apps that can track and analyze to help you learn about your habits so you can focus and personalize your goals. From beginner tools that nudge you to push harder to advanced ones that can fit your healthy lifestyle, join us on Zoom to learn about new technology and apps you could use today to get E-Healthy. Please register. After registering, you will receive an email with details on how to participate in the program.

Wednesday, September 23 (noon-1 p.m.) Healthy Living for Your Brain (Live) – Maintaining a healthy brain can go a long way in reducing your risk for getting Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Join us on Zoom to learn tips in living a brain healthy lifestyle, exercise and mental stimulation suggestions, stress management tools and living a brain healthy diet. Registration required. You will receive an email with details on how to join the meeting.

Thursday, September 24 (11-11:30 a.m.) Yoga with Miss Jen (Live) – Calm your body, mind, and spirit in this live Zoom yoga class. Recommended for children up to 3rd grade. Registration begins Sept. 16. Participants must provide an email to receive Zoom instructions.

Thursday, September 24 (noon-1 p.m.) Genetics and Your Health (Live) – Join us on Zoom to learn about genetics and your health, including at-home DNA tests, considerations, and clinical genetics services. We will also discuss when it may be important for you to consider genetic testing and answer your genetics related questions. Please register. After registration, you will receive an email with details on how to join the program.  

Friday, September 25 (11-11:30 a.m.) Healthy Living with Suma (Live) – Suma likes to be healthy and you can too! Join us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to see what she gets up to in today’s adventure! For babies through grade 4.

Friday, September 25 (noon-1 p.m.) Drug Interaction Seminar (Live) – Are you afraid of drug interactions? Join us for a Zoom presentation by the Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy to learn how you can avoid them. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive instructions for joining the meeting on Zoom.

To register for any of the programs or for more information on the Virtual Health Fair Week, please call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.org.

Elaine Willis

Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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