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Sessions aim to help make ‘A Better U’

Library workshops to address healthy living, budgeting

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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 2:00 am | Updated: 12:05 pm, Wed Dec 10, 2014.

To help people keep their New Year’s resolutions, the Warren County Public Library is offering a series of workshops called “A Better U,”  featuring sessions with expert advice about smart spending, healthy foods, household budgeting and more.

People have a renewed interest in health and wellness at the beginning of the year, and the library wants to provide resources to help with those goals, said Ashley Fowlkes, assistant library director.

“The library’s a great place to find information and be inspired to try new things,” she said.

From January through March, the library will offer workshops focused on self-improvement and developing healthier lifestyles. It’s the first time for programming like this at the library and offers an opportunity to reach out to people who haven’t discovered library events, Fowlkes said.

The first “A Better U” session is at noon Wednesday at the Main Library, where Mary Hance, known as “Ms. Cheap” in her frugal consumer column for The Tennessean, will share money-saving tips.

“This lady is particularly savvy,” Fowlkes said.

For the rest of the January workshops, the library is drawing on the wealth of experts in Bowling Green, including Sherry Belcher from the Warren County Home Extension Office and Jeanne Fisher, a certified financial planner with ARGI Financial Group.

Belcher will discuss healthy foods at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Bob Kirby Branch, and Fisher will host a session about household budgeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Main Library. At 5 p.m. Jan. 31, Belcher will return to the Kirby Branch to talk about fruits and vegetables.

“That way we have all aspects of nutrition covered,” said Monica Edwards, outreach manager for the library.

“A Better U”  is the latest effort by the library to offer programming of interest to adults, she said.

“Adults, they want to do things that are fun too. ... It’s like a lifelong learning thing,” Edwards said. “I’m always open to new ideas, and I think our patrons are too.”

The workshop series will continue in February and March, though the library is still working on scheduling those sessions, which will hopefully include expert information about stress reduction and exercise, she said.

There’s already been a positive response to the workshops, with people asking questions and showing interest in the sessions, Edwards said.

“Everyone wants to learn how to save money and eat more healthy,” she said.

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