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Heart-Body Connection

The Heart-Mind Connection project will be a continuation and expansion of the Brain Health Initiative, which focused on educating the public on ways to lower their risk for dementia as well as providing resources to those living with Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's caregivers. The Heart-Mind Connection will emphasize the connection between good heart health and a healthy brain, as well as the benefits of lowering blood pressure for improved long-term health. This project will also address the need for virtual mind and body wellness programming, as well as equipping people with health resources and medical tools, while the library is closed to the public. We will hold blood pressure clinics at branches throughout our system; provide patrons with the opportunity to create “Fidget Blankets” for those living with Alzheimer’s disease; utilize mobile services to give out medical tools, health books, and NIH resources to youth and senior populations; provide virtual yoga and fitness classes; hold virtual mindfulness film screenings and discussions; and participate in outreach events throughout the community to share health information and promote Brain Health Kits and blood pressure monitors in our collection.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Men
Seniors
Teens
Women
Rural
Suburban
African Americans or Black
Latino or Hispanic
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Katie Ball
Funding Source: 
PSR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$9000
Funding Period:
Aug 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded