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Get fit for free with WCL

It’s no mystery that the words “free” and “healthy” are not typically linked. Gym memberships and grocery bills can be pricey, to say nothing of visits to the doctor. Cookbooks too can run high and, let’s be honest, today’s internet presents contradictory advice on everything from symptoms to spices. It might seem dubious then to propose that saving money and feeling better can happen together, but here’s the kicker… 

No matter what your practical health goal is for 2024, we believe it can be accomplished through the library. Whether you are managing diabetes or anxiety, aiming for sobriety, juggling financial stress, or simply wanting to get out more, there are plenty of interesting books and programs to find within the Whitman County Rural Library District (WCL) for free. 

Just this month, two new programs were launched with such goals in mind. At the Uniontown Community Center Gym every Wednesday at 6:00 PM, adults are invited to learn the rules of pickleball or hop in for a game with friends or strangers. Similarly, in Garfield, a walking club was trialed. Open to all ages, paces, and abilities, this group left from the library for a stroll at 6:05 PM every Tuesday evening. Even friendly dogs were welcome! Unfortunately, due to cold weather, the Garfield Library Walking Club has been postponed until warmer temperatures return to the Palouse, so keep your eye out for details this spring!

A more longstanding program at the Colfax Library is worth knowing about too. S.A.I.L. Fitness, which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life, is led by instructors from Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics every Tuesday and Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM. Here, many adults and seniors can be found improving their strength, balance, and agility in The Center.

All completely free and very fun, these programs are just a few of the many ways that your library wants to help you get fit this year!

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