BE WELL at NPL advances health literacy in the Nashville/Davidson County community by providing access and outreach to free wellness programs and health resources through the trusted space of the Nashville Public Library system. BE WELL addresses local health inequities by prioritizing resources and activities in NPL branches whose neighborhoods have higher rates of chronic disease and less access to healthy living opportunities. From weekly yoga and Zumba, to cooking classes, meditation and smoking cessation groups, BE WELL at NPL aligns its activities with the local health priority areas outlined in Davidson Countys Community Health Needs Assessment. Embracing its role as a key partner in community health, NPL opens its doors to partner agencies to hold health insurance open enrollment, summer feeding for 86, WIC clinics, and social worker drop-ins, with the understanding that many people feel more comfortable accessing assistance in the library than in a clinical setting. This work continues in spite of COVID-19 as the BE WELL at NPL program currently adapts to face these unprecedented times.
Nashville Public Library - Main Branch