Some statements by participants after the four community health workshops called “Healthy, Happy, Hungry You” at the Tamarack Assisted Living Center include, “I can make healthy choices; These workshops have provided nutritional information in practical ways to follow; and, I really liked the fun physical activities and exercises that have made me try to move more rather than sitting so much.”
The Southern Prairie Library System and the Great Plains Literacy Council sponsored the workshops, along with Tamarack Assisted Living Center as a community partner. Financial assistance for this special health literacy project was made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
Meegan Mackay was the facilitator for each workshop. She is the founder of the Artes pro Vita Academy (AVA), when translated means “Skills for Life”. Her presentations also included class interaction, tactile, audio, and visual exercises, and time for summary and review at each session.
“I planned the content of all the interactive workshops around the three aspects of health, happiness and hunger,” said Mackay. “I taught that individuals can achieve enjoyment and success with L.I.F.E. skills (Look and Listen, Imagine, Focus, and Empower).
The 26 attendees strongly agreed that the instruction of a total of six hours improved their knowledge and are more motivated to improve or maintain their health. Another “Healthy, Happy, Hungry You” series will be held at the Altus Public Library in April.