Healthy minds and healthy bodies: Kilgore Public Library is recruiting children and adults to turn the page and start a new fitness-focused chapter in their lives.
Library staffers, volunteers and partners will layout the steps this month – while asking locals to step out as well with community-wide fitness goals of 300,000 steps and 10,800 minutes of exercise in September.
“Fitness and health are so important for all of us for a variety of reasons,” says library director Stacey Cole. “After becoming a mom I realized that I had to make my own health a priority and I want to share all of the knowledge that I have gained with our community while enlisting the help of fitness experts.”
The wellness push kicks off today with fitness tracking via KPL’s Beanstack App. The program was previously used to track progress in the library’s Summer Reading Program, but it’s since been re-purposed to help patrons track their health-related activities.
“Prizes will be given to those who complete the challenge,” Cole announced this week.
During September, the library and its fitness gurus will highlight a variety of topics from nutrition and fitness for all ages to oral hygiene. Local instructors will hosts free workout events at the library and in other locations in Kilgore while the library hosts sessions with dentists, physical therapists and other health professionals.
“We have several exciting events planned this month,” Cole said, “and we have put forth every effort to offer informational and fitness sessions that appeal to all ages and interests.”
Some out-of-the-ordinary fitness activities include 'Gentle Parkour' with instructor Hannah Beets Sept. 10, 'Yoga for Kids' with instructor Michelle Wilder Sept. 12 and 'Camp Gladiator' Sept. 17. There will be sessions on the Keto Diet and essential oils and, on Sept. 27, 'Storytime in Motion.' with a dance instructor and physical therapist.
For more information, log on to the events page at CityofKilgore.com/Library or visit Facebook.com/KilgorePublicLibrary. Call the library at 903-984-1529.
– By JAMES DRAPER