Healthy reading on offer at libraries
ANEW scheme will make a selection of books available to help people in Lancashire living with long-term health issues improve their health and wellbeing through self-help reading.
The national scheme, Reading Well for LongTerm Conditions, began on Monday, July 3.
Developed from the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, in collaboration with leading health organisations and people living with health conditions and their carers, the books cover specific conditions including diabetes, stroke and asthma, as well as common symptoms including pain and fatigue.
Under the scheme, 28 self-help books will be available in all Lancashire libraries.
They provide adults with advice, information and support to help them to understand and manage the physical and mental symptoms of living with a long term condition and can be recommended by GPs and other health professionals.
Alternatively, people can simply find the books in the self-help section of their local library or search the online catalogue, if they know the title or author.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “This is an extension of a tried and tested programme, which is a great way of delivering community-based help and support for people living with long-term conditions, and importantly their family and carers too.
“Millions of people are living with at least one long-term condition, and a significant number of these are unfortunately living with two or more.
“It’s good to know that recommended information is available to help people to manage their symptoms and get on with their lives.
“Readers will also be pleased to know that all of the books are recognised by health professionals and meet National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) guidelines.”
For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov. uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.