In the Times newspaper recently (16 March 2013 – log in with your Westminster library card number to view the article via Newsbank), the health ‘Czar’ said something along the lines of:
We are all going to have to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing as the NHS simply can’t afford to treat the results of our unhealthy lifestyle choices.
I won’t ‘rabbit’ on too much in this week before Easter but Marylebone Library customers seemed to be taking this on board last week, or perhaps they were attracted by the offer of a ‘Free Health Chick’. Quite a few people turned up to have their blood pressure taken by Barry from the Stroke Association. I provided him with miniature toy chicks to give out – they raised a smile and, perhaps, even lowered the blood pressure result!
Marian and Rachel from the NHS health improvement team were also in the library; they offered information and advice around healthy eating and ‘eggsercise’ alongside a bowl of ‘easy peel’ satsumas, the fruity health event favourite, to tempt people away from choccy eggs.
Several Marylebone Library staff got their blood pressure checked; librarian Sameena was full of smiles at her eggcellent result. Duty Supervisor Helen informed me that her ‘body is a temple’. I am jolly pleased to hear it!
The staff of Marylebone Library and Information Service are going to need all their health and strength for the year ahead – first the move to a temporary home in August and then, this time next year, (hopefully) to their brand new, state of the art, de luxe new library in Luxborough Street [find out more]. I for one am very much looking forward to lots of health events in the new space inside, and outside in the park area.