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Elkins Library offering new health program

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is offering a new program for adults, “Healthy Inside and Out” to start in August.

The program will begin with an orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

A combination of interactive classroom and support group, the program will cover topics such as setting realistic, achievable goals; emotional eating versus physical hunger; healthy alternatives to common foods; and implementing healthy coping skills.

Participants can apply what they learn to achieve goals of their choice, such as smoking cessation, losing weight, stress management and improving overall health and wellness.

Leading the group will be Jess Johnson, library associate and teen programming coordinator, who will draw on her experience of working and volunteering in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. Johnson will teach and facilitate this program which she has done at least twice in the past.

Johnson stated, “I think this program can be the vehicle to realize lasting positive change in one’s life.”

Anyone who would like to participate in Healthy Inside and Out will need to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Johnson in order to set individual goals they would like to achieve. Please e-mail crunchtimeercpl@gmail.com to schedule an appointment with Jess, or call and leave a message for her at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library at 304-637-0287.

The class will run from mid-August to approximately mid-November every Monday evening, time TBD by the group at orientation. Each graduate of the program will receive a certificate and graduation gift. A follow-up meeting after the holidays is also planned to help people stay “on track” with the healthy changes they have made, and gauge whether there would be interest for a support group for graduates.”

For more information, visit the library’s website at www.elkins.lib.wv.us, call the library, or follow the event tab on Facebook at Facebook.com/erlibrary.

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