So, Christmas has passed and the New Year looms. It is that time of the year when we realise, we’ve gained a few extra pounds and our clothes are tighter. We promise to begin eating healthily and exercising. For we all know, eating healthily and exercising is good for us. Yet how much do we really know about healthy eating? Here is a quick quiz to get you started.
So many diets exist that it can feel overwhelming to find the right one to try. Some eating patterns have more scientific backing than others. Whether you are looking to shed pounds or simply to boost your overall health, try to find diets that are supported by research. For some idea see here:
Along with healthy eating exercise is important. Exercise need not be boring or difficult. There are so many good reasons to exercise. You can manage your weight, improve your mood, live longer and ward off heart disease. For some cardio exercise ideas see this page:
To make lasting change requires commitment and motivation, possibly the hardest part of a new healthy lifestyle. In this Ted Talk, psychologist Dan Ariely discusses a couple tricks that may help us to do the right thing.
On Monday 21 December Kensal Library hosted Go Golborne’s Fruity Jewellery making session. The children were delighted by the beautiful beads and some truly stunning creations were made.
Also a wonderful performance of Handa’s Surprise complete with animal masks was acted out the by the children and narrated by Kate Gielgud, Health Information Officer for Libraries who guided and encouraged the children during the play.
Go Golborne is a local campaign led by the council which is all about supporting children and families to eat well, keep active and feel good.
We made delicious colourful fruit kebabs which are always very popular at Go Golborne’s events!
If you missed this event don’t worry, come along to the next one on Monday 1 February at 4.15 to 5.30pm.
We had a fantastic year in 2015 and I have no doubt that 2016 will be just as great. We wish all our customers health, happiness and success in 2016.
Cheap and healthy eats at North Kensington Library
Celebratory chef Jamie Oliver has generously donated copies of his latest book ‘Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less’ to over 4,000 public libraries in the UK including all six libraries in Kensington and Chelsea. There’s more information about the chef’s donation in an article in The Guardian.
In honour of the occasion we have a display promoting Jamie’s book at North Kensington Library. We have also included other books about cheap, healthy eats which help you eat well and waste less. So whether you are a busy parent looking for healthy snacks for children and nutritious family meals, or live on your own catering for one, we have a wide range of books which will help you shop wisely and cook delicious healthy meals.
Our Baby rhyme time is fast becoming a popular event that is regularly attended by a local nursery. The young children aged between 12months to 3 years rush into the library every Friday morning, all eager to participate in the singing and listening to stories. For those 30 minutes, Kensal Library livens to energetic chatter and stamping of feet that resonates throughout the library. At the moment our most read and requested stories are:
-The Fish who could wish by John Bush
-Animal Music by Julia Donaldson
The stories are read in various, comical voices, which grip the children’s attention. They all stare at the colourful images on the pages which we almost bring to life.
However, the best is saved for last and that is the nursery song ‘Jumping Bean’ – the children love being dancing beans. So if you want to join our ‘everyone is a dancing bean, biggest bean I ever seen’ and hop about the library for about 30mins then come along to our baby rhyme time sessions.
Expert Patients Programme
Jenny Clement received her Expert Patients Programme (EPP) course completion certificate from Davendra Dangol at North Kensington Library. Jenny, a regular library visitor, found out about the programme by visiting an information stall run regularly in the library by Davendra.
The EPP is a free course designed for people who have long term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, Arthritis etc. and covers:
healthy lifestyle advice
pain and fatigue
and better communication with family and friends and health professionals
Registering is easy all you to do is contact Davendra on 0208 749 8017 for a call back or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Or you can visit him at North Kensington Library on Thursdays 12 noon to 3pm until Thursday 24 October.