Healthy read­ing on of­fer at li­braries

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

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.

Asthma suf­fer­ers will be able to find help on the li­brary shelves

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