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Books can help you live a healthy, well-informed life
Medway Libraries stocks a variety of titles that can help you
enjoy a healthier life, with books about nutrition and fun
ways to cook healthily, as well as fitness DVDs and books about
maintaining a healthy
The libraries hold information about specific health
conditions, stocking two special collections of titles dealing with
mental health and cancer.
More details can be found on the online catalogue or by asking at
one of the libraries.
Medway Libraries subscribes to information in electronic
formats including online materials and electronic books. Check
out the dedicated web page for the eBook and
The libraries host both regular and one-off drop-in support
sessions from local and national organisations, and two sets
of weighing scales that are free to use. More information about the
scales is available on the healthy weight web page.
People with disabilities and carers
Visit our people with disabilities page to find out more
about the full range of services that Medway Libraries
can offer you, including the drop-in sessions
run partnership with national and community groups and
organisations including Hi-Kent.
Are you a carer?
If you have the responsibility for caring for someone you may
find it harder to access library services. Information about what
the library can offer you is available on the page, Are you a carer?
Medway Libraries subscribes to helpful online resources that an
be accessed by members of Medway Libraries.
- Oxford Reference Online has information about
medicines, nutrition, nursing and sports science.
- Copies of Which? magazine are available to view
Community hub and Gillingham
library. Which? magazine routinely offers consumer
advice and information on health-related matters
including medicines, dentistry, cosmetic treatments
and health tests.
- Medway Libraries maintains a list of useful websites on
their list of library links, under Health and mental
Healthy living drop-in sessions
Want to give up smoking? Want help in maintaining a
Medway Libraries hosts drop-in sessions from various support
groups, to help you achieve your health goals. For more information
about individual sessions please contact the library direct.
- Stop smoking support sessions are held at the Chatham Community
Hub, Rochester Community Hub and at Strood Library. No need to
book, just turn up.
- The health and lifestyle team call into the libraries on a
regular basis, to offer advice and support.
- The library hosts health checks for those aged 40 to 74,
please ask for more information.
Walking groups meet at library locations on a regular basis.
There may be a walking group that meets near you. For more
information check the walking groups
Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of their gender,
age or physical ability. For more information about how libraries
can support victims of domestic abuse, please view the domestic abuse page.
Useful links - national
Direct provides health information and advice from the
- NHS Choices contains
information about living well, a symptom checker and details about
local health services.
UK provides information for patients and carers.
Health gives information and advice, and offers interactive
- Health in my
language provides information about health translated into
different languages. Although the site is aimed at people living in
Scotland, the information about healthy living can be used by
anyone living in the UK.
Useful links - local information and support
- MOLE is a list of local
clubs and societies maintained by Medway Libraries.
- A Better Medway provides
practical support in helping local residents lead longer, healthier
- The Medway LINk is an
independent network of local organisations and individuals working
to increase the involvement of local people in how health and
social care services are provided.
- Medway Gets Active is your
one-stop shop for sports and activity ideas in Medway.
- Living well in Medway
is an information service for adults with low to moderate social
care needs, and their carers.
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