Health in the Rockies
Goal: 1 . Increase resources and knowledge of library patrons on health related issues. 2. Make healthy eating fun, tasty, and not intimidating. Objective: 1. Contract 3 health professionals and/or chefs knowledgeable on healthy eating to offer at least 2 classes to adults and 1 to kids. 2. Each class will introduce and explain how to use the NLM databases to explore different health options. 3. Each health professional will bring their own supplies for their classes. Overall, Larimer County ranks high in health ratings for Colorado, but Red Feather Lakes (RFL) median household income is 46% less than the median income for the county. The closest major grocery store is a 2 hour round trip. Access to healthy food is limited in our small, isolated mountain town. This can be especially difficult for the elderly with mobility and transportation issues. Single parent families with limited income find it challenging to buy healthy, high quality food. We hope to give access to knowledge and health professionals through our library. We will research different health professionals in the Fort Collins area to give presentations at the library on a health topic appropriate to our patrons. We will price out different options for the classes and create a schedule. A local chef will do one class with the kids and one for the adults on healthy cooking or preparing meals or snacks. All classes will be advertised and marketed through flyers, social media, the library's weblist, and word of mouth. The presenter will provide all supplies for the class. We will include NLM resources in the classes. The classes for adults will be scheduled from May-December 2017. The classes for kids will take place during the after school programs which run from Oct 2017-May 2018.