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SPOTLIGHT
Be Well at NPL
We consider our neighbors’ health to be
a big deal, and we understand that health
is about more than just healthcare. Many
Nashville residents can face significant barriers accessing wellness information and
activities. In fact, Davidson Country has been ranked 44th among
95 Tennessee counties for socioeconomic factors affecting health
outcomes: 22% of Nashville
adults have not graduated high
school, 29% of our children live
in poverty, and 19% of residents
face severe housing problems.
The library aims to break down
those barriers to access. While we
hold health and wellness classes
at all of our branches, the Be Well
at NPL program focuses on enriching the communities served
by our branch locations through
free health activities, education,
and resources provided in a safe
and welcoming environment.
Residents can attend nutrition
seminars, join a casual cooking
club, stretch out during weekly
yoga classes, and more. Be Well
at NPL also partners with several
organizations in the community,
such as NashvilleHealth, Small
World Yoga, TSU Extension, Second Harvest
Food Bank, NAMI Davidson County, Mental Health Cooperative, and Neighborhood
Health, to connect residents
with the resources and expertise they need to enjoy
healthier lives.
Most excellent class on
smart eating… Shopping
tips and saving money
was a big plus. The
teacher was highly
knowledgeable, able to
answer questions – she
engaged the class and
served tasty bites.
Participant in a class on
“Eating Smart, Moving More”
Be Well at NPL is making a
big difference for Nashville
residents. This year, we provided 1,952
health and wellness programs to 25,595
patrons. Plus, 81% of participants indicated they would make a health change
based on what they learned from Be Well
at NPL. 97% of program attendees indicated that classes being free, welcoming and
conveniently located affected their decision to attend.
2017— 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
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