By Jennifer Zartman Romano
With a generous grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation, the South Whitley Community Public Library will soon launch a new series of programs focused on wellness for women. Called the Living Well program, the series of programs will inspire women of all ages throughout the community to start or continue on their own path toward better health.
Living Well begins in May and will continue throughout the remainder of the year, introducing participants to a variety of free activities from healthier cooking to yoga and more. All classes will be held at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
South Whitley Community Public Library director Darci Kessie saw a need in the community and began looking for a way to meet it.
"I saw an article in the Tribune-News about the Whitley County Giving Circle, a fund of the Whitley County Community Foundation, requesting grant applications targeted towards enhancing the health and well-being of Whitley County females," Kessie said.
"When I read the article I immediately thought of two things. We could put together a series of presentations that would connect women to the varied health services within our county. The library is a familiar, convenient, and inviting space to host the programs and to also initiate ongoing contact between the attendees and these health providers, organizations and small businesses," Kessie continued. "The second thing I thought of was the stumbling block I have felt and many of the women I know feel -- the whole idea of becoming healthier can seem like such an overwhelming idea, but what if we took it one small step at a time and made it interesting and fun."
By initiating the process of pursuing better health one step at a time, Kessie feels women might try something new and something new might spark a permanent change for the better.
"Our goal is to share a variety of small things we can all easily do or pick and choose from that will make the road to wellness fun and interesting and not so overwhelming," she said. Although the initial plan is to offer the Living Well series for 2015, if the response is great, Kessie said they might continue. "If some of these turn into ongoing classes at the library, we would love that."
"We have some programs on mindfulness and ways to live life with a little less stress -- we can all relate to that," she said. "There are introductory yoga and Pilates classes. Someone might be a little hesitant to sign up for an entire yoga series somewhere, but trying it out at the library with others who are also new to it, that may be a little more comfortable."
The spring series of classes are scheduled as follows:
- Intro to Yoga with the Whitley County YMCA - Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
- Mindfulness with Tiffany Herron of Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio - Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Herbs in the Garden or Anywhere…and How to Use Them with Master Gardener, Bridget Johnson of Parkview Whitley. - Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
- "Finding a Quiet Place," with Sara St. Clair - Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
- YMCA Safe Sitter program for 11-15 year olds - Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.
- YMCA Silver Sneaker chair exercise class - Tuesday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.
All Living Well classes are offered at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
Enhanced information about the Living Well classes will be published soon.
While the spring portion of Living Well is now full, and there are several summer, fall and winter classes scheduled, Kessie hopes to add a few additional classes to the lineup. For more information, contact Darci Kessie at email@example.com or by calling 723-5321.