Explore the Chapters of Health at the Ocean County Library

Everyone knows you can check out books and movies from the Ocean County Library, but did you know that you can learn how to improve your health at the library?

This month, the Ocean County Library has several programs in its “Chapters of Health” initiative which feature health care professionals discussing ways you can improve your quality of life.

Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey’s Blue to You Van stops by the Lacey branch (10 East Lacey Road, Forked River) July 24 at 7 pm. Representatives from Horizon will share information about healthy living strategies and local wellness activities, as well as provide access to health care information.

Horizon members can also speak with advisors about recent claims, billing information or other issues. The Blue to You Van will also be stopping by the Long Beach Island branch (217 South Central Avenue, Surf City) July 11 at 9 am.

Ron Hyland, fitness director for Keswick Pines of Whiting, presents two informative classes specifically designed for senior citizens at the Manchester branch (21 Colonial Drive).

Hyland presents “Better Balance for Seniors” on July 17, demonstrating simple exercises to help maintain and strengthen balance. On July 31 he covers how nutrition and exercise can help seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Both programs begin at 2 p.m. Registration is required; call (732) 657-7600.

Shop-Rite’s registered dietician Jennifer Klein leads two demonstrations on how to prepare easy, nutritious meals. She will be at the Manchester branch July 12 at 2 pm. Registration is required; call (732) 657-7600.

Klein will also be presenting the program in the Lacey branch July 26 at 6:30 pm, but this time especially designed for teenagers 13-18. Registration is required; call (609) 693-8566.

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