Sure, you know the saying — early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, right? But what else helps support a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle — one that is balanced with sound physical, mental and financial health?
The Naperville Public Library continues its initiative Healthy, Wealthy and Wise through the end of the year to educate the community on just that — living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
The idea began when Alice Wood, founder and president of Live Smart International, recognized a need for community-wide education about personal health and financial literacy in the face of rising obesity rates and debt levels. To start a hub of information, Wood contacted the library with her idea, and the program grew from there.
Through partnerships with the city of Naperville, Edward Hospital, Whole Foods Market Naperville, the Naperville Park District and 18 other companies and organizations, Naperville Public Library has become a source for unbiased information about living a healthy lifestyle. The partnering organizations provide free programs at the three library locations that cover various topics related to their expertise.
“This initiative offers community members the tools and resources to learn how to develop and incorporate healthy physical and financial habits and benefit from positive lifestyle changes,” says Kim Neidermyer, Naperville Public Library marketing manager. “Support from area businesses and organizations has been essential in that it has allowed us to offer programs that cover many different aspects of health, wellness and financial literacy.”
Library reference staff members are also readily available to help patrons who want to seek out additional information about living a healthier lifestyle. With a wealth of print and digital information on hand, plus knowledge of outside resources and programs, Naperville Public Library staff members are eager to help those who want to integrate the program’s values into their daily lives.
Education at the library doesn’t come without fun, though. The library holds monthly raffles with prizes for those who submit how they are putting the ideals of the program into practice. Community members can stop by any of the three Naperville Public Library locations and drop an entry into the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise kiosks. Patrons can also pick up a complimentary health and financial planner at any adult services desk.
The library encourages residents to begin adopting healthy habits even before the rush of resolutions in January.
For more information contact Kim Neidermyer, marketing manager, Naperville Public Library, 630-961-4100, ext. 4913, or visit www.naperville-lib.org.