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Reading for Health at your local library

A new national scheme will make a selection of books available across Lancashire to help people living with long-term health issues improve their health and wellbeing through self-help reading.

The scheme, Reading Well for Long-Term Conditions, will run from Monday 3 July.

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. All of these recommended titles 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.

The books 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.”

Events will take place to promote this scheme. These include:
• Young Carers Health Mela to take place at Lancaster Library on Saturday 8 July
• Longton Library will support the Longton Health Mela on Saturday 15 July

Reading Well for Long-Term Conditions is organised nationally by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, and is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. It’s free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.

Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.

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