You don't have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy. Just hop, skip or jump on over to your public library and get started on the road to fitness.
The Volusia County Public Library system will celebrate "Healthy Living Month at Your Library" with a series of free programs that offer health and wellness tips, Medicare advice, and information about common diseases of the elderly.
Daytona Beach Regional Library, 150 Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach, (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16155.
Understanding Parkinson's: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Social Worker Nancy Dawson will share information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, interesting facts, lifestyle adjustments, how to stay positive, and caring for the caregiver. She also will explain the services of the Parkinson's Association of Greater Daytona Beach and other resources.
Living with Alzheimer's - A workshop for caregivers: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Danny Anez of the Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida will provide information about the early and middle stages of Alzheimer's disease. Learn what to expect and hear from others who have been affected. Registration is required and may be made by calling 800-272-3900.
Strokes: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Patty Wilson will shed light on causes, symptoms and therapies and discuss other stroke-related topics. Wilson is a registered nurse and education coordinator for Halifax Health Hospice.
Medicare 101: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. SHINE Counselor Judy Hahn will explain what is covered under Medicare, how individual parts differ from Medicare Advantage and how to avoid potential financial penalties if you opt in at a future date. Seniors needing further assistance may sign up for free individual counseling sessions held from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday from Oct. 17 to Dec. 6.
Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach, (386) 676-4191, Ext. 21084
Move it Mondays! 10 a.m. every Monday in October. Try a different way to move and get healthy each week. Programs will focus on yoga Oct. 7, movement for better balance with the YMCA Oct. 14, tai chi with Celene Cone Oct. 23, and Wii sports Oct. 28.
Health resource databases: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 and 15. Meet in the computer lab and learn how to use the health resource databases provided through the Volusia County Public Library website.
Hospice -- Sharing a journey: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Learn about the services Halifax Health-Hospice provides in helping to improve patients' quality of life and honor their care goals.
Stretch for life: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Jeff Azad combines rehabilitation exercises, yoga, tai chi and the martial arts in a practical application for improving and maintaining health in everyday life. Bring water and a towel or mat.
Improve your brain health: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Jill Taufer, a registered dietitian with University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will explain what super foods you should eat to increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain.
The 10 most important exercises you can do: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Employees from Thomas Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy will demonstrate safe exercises that anyone can do with little or no equipment. They'll also offer tips on preparing yourself for a new exercise program. Advance registration is required.
Healthy cooking with herbs: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Karen Saley will use demonstrations, share recipes and offer samples while explaining how to use herbs to liven up foods. Registration is required.
Herbal tea watercolors: 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Join a group talk about Pinterest, sip herbal tea, and paint with the "watercolors" made form herbal teas. Register before Oct. 25.
Health fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Visit vendors and health care providers for the latest information. Health screenings will include blood pressure measurements.
Healthy Herb: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Herb will teach and entertain, while Jiggleman's brother, Art A. Choke, will offer tips to stay healthy and enjoy active lives. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12 and their parents.
How to keep me healthy, part 1: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, and 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Toddlers and preschoolers can listen to stories about doctors, dentists and other people who help us when we're sick.
How to keep me healthy, part 2: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, and 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn about nutrition and exercise during these special story times.
The Jump Bunch: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can jump, dance and wiggle with the librarians during this fun fitness program.
Healthy bites and tiny frights: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Cheryl Floyd will tell stories about Halloween and healthy choices. Schoolchildren and their families are invited. Costumes are optional.
New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, (386) 424-2910, Ext. 20854
Organic farming: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. The owners of Green Flamingo Organics in Oak Hill will explain the health benefits of organic foods and where you can find local produce. Attendees can take home vegetables and seedlings to start their own gardens.
Grief support: 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 22. Joan Langley will lead a group discussion about moving on after grief trauma. The sessions allow participants to interact with others who are experiencing similar grief circumstances.
Health and wellness databases: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Librarian Anne Verdon will discuss and demonstrate health-related databases that library cardholders can access from home.
Healthy living: 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. YMCA staff will offer pointers on maintaining or improving our physical activity, health and wellness.
Water safety: 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. YMCA staff will explain how you can keep your child safe in and around the water.
Healthy Herb: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Herb will teach and entertain, while Jiggleman's brother, Art A. Choke, will offer tips to stay healthy and enjoy active lives. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12 and their parents.
Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, (386) 322-5152, Ext. 20936
Tools to quit smoking: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. Marie Major, a trained facilitator with the Northeast Florida AHEC, will share information about the health effects of tobacco use, the benefits of quitting, and what to expect when quitting during this intense two-hour seminar. Attendees will receive free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges.
Success strategies: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Pat Kirton, a local business owner and inspirational speaker, will reveal custom-designed success strategies that can help you deal with changes and develop a healthy outlook on life.
Healthy eyes: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Dr. William Gilmer will provide information about vision, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Gilmer is a board certified ophthalmologist with the Riverside Eye Clinic in Port Orange.
Breast cancer awareness: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. A breast cancer survivor and representative of the Florida Breast Cancer Institute will tell her powerful story of survival. She will also provide a basic primer and statistics about the disease.
Organic and hydroponic gardening: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Stephen Zelazny, manager of Urban Sunshine Organic and Hydroponic Gardening, will discuss the health benefits of sprouting, juicing, wheatgrass and raw foods. He'll also share tips on growing your own sustainable food supply.
Tea, tisane and health: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Joyce Harris, the "herbal gourmet," will discuss the health benefits and uses of tea and tisane. The New Smyrna Beach resident is a certified tea specialist who enjoys cooking, gardening and, of course, mixing teas.
Benefits of Medicare: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Edith Clayter will explain the benefits and the various parts and plans Medicare offers.
Stress -- the big picture: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Stress is one of the leading causes of pain, illness, fatigue and many other common maladies. Ed Eisler, a local therapist and author, will demonstrate simple self stress relief methods you can use to improve your health.
DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand, (385) 822-6430
Medicare 101: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. SHINE Counselor Judy Hahn will explain what is covered under Medicare, how individual parts differ from Medicare Advantage, and how to avoid potential financial penalties if you opt in at a future date. SHINE stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders.
Nourish your brain: 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Jill Taufer, a registered dietitian with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will identify functional foods that can improve your body and mind.
Health Fair Open House: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Representatives from SHINE, the Alzheimer's Association, the House Next Door, COPE, Healthy Kids and other location health organizations will answer questions and give out information.
Being a girl in today's world: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Girls in grades five through 12 and a parent are invited to this program presented by Community Outreach for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. Participants will learn their self-esteem IQ, take part in games and activities, eat healthy snacks, learn about the risks of teen dieting, and discover what true beauty is. Learn more about this nonprofit group at cope-ecf.org.
Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Learn the basics during this free workshop presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida. Topics will include causes, risk factors, symptoms, effects and treatment options. To register, call the Alzheimer's Association at (800) 272-3900.
Tai chi: Movement for body and mind: 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Participants will practice the ancient art, which focuses on breathing, body movement, balance and relaxing the mind. Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. The program is limited to 25 participants. Register by calling Ellen or Susan at (386) 822-6430, Ext. 4.
Healthy living programs -- These special story time programs are designed for toddlers and preschoolers.
Yummy (and healthy) for your tummy: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 and 10
Let's move! 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 and 17
DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary, (386) 668-3835
Get fit and move around: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Infants through fifth graders are invited to stretch and move to different songs. Healthy snacks will be served.
Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona (386)789-7207, Ext. 21011
The gift of life -- an education in blood donation: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Daniel Brandt, community relations coordinator for OneBlood, will explain the process of blood donations in Central Florida and describe the organization's bloodmobile, "The Big Red Bus," which serves more than 200 local hospitals and health care facilities.
Health care law explained: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. AARP volunteer Bill Ternent will discuss the new health law and the process of selecting a health care plan in the state's new Health Care Marketplace. He will address the law from the viewpoint of those without insurance, those who have insurance, those covered by Medicare and small business owners.
"Big Red Bus" Bloodmobile: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. OneBlood's "Big Red Bus" will be stationed in the parking lot. Blood donations are open to the public; incentives may be available while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by visiting www.oneblood.org and clicking on "where to donate."
Diabetes prevention: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Join Bev Johnson, vice president of health strategy for the Volusia-Flagler YMCA, for a presentation on diabetes and the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program adopted by the YMCA. This innovative program helps those diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Healthy living programs: These programs are designed for children and teens.
Yum-yum: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can enjoy a delicious story time buffet of yummy stories and songs.
Yum! ĦQue rico! 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Bilingual Storytime presents a program featuring deliciously healthy stories for all ages.
Fruits and vegetables, oh my! 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Yummy stories and songs are in store for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years. Healthy snacks will be served.
Finding the healthy you! 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will take part in a scavenger hunt to discover the "healthiest you." Healthy snacks will be served.
Healthy you! 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Teens ages 11 to 17 can solve a puzzle through games, relays and snacks.