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Healthy Living Suite

PGCMLS fosters the wellbeing of our community by connecting you to trusted health information resources, programs, and opportunities. Through the Healthy Living page, we hope our community will gain access to pathways towards a balanced mind and body. All of the healthy living resources on this page are intended to support individuals in making informed and empowered decisions about their health and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

There are many National wellness weeks and months throughout the year. For example:

  • January: Blood Donor Month
  • February: African Heritage and Health Week 
  • March: National Nutrition Month
  • April: National Minority Health Month
  • May: Mental Health Month
  • June: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  • July: National Fireworks Safety Month
  • August: National Immunization Awareness Month
  • September: Suicide Prevention Month
  • October: Mental Illness Awareness Week 
  • November: American Diabetes Month
  • December: Worlds AIDS Awareness Month

Community Food Pantries and Provider Sites

pop-up food and meal distribution events calendar

You may be eligible to enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection, the state’s official health insurance marketplace, if you are present in the U.S. under certain immigration statuses or if you have applied for certain lawfully present statuses.

Enrollment and Eligibility Information for Immigrant Families

Usted puede ser elegible para inscribirse en un plan de salud autorizado (QHP por su sigla en inglés) a través de Maryland Health Connection, el mercado oficial de seguros médicos del estado de Maryland, si usted está presente en los Estados Unidos bajo ciertos estatus migratorios o si ha solicitado ciertos estatus de presente legalmente.

Información sobre inscripción y elegibilidad para

Access to nearly 300 consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Prevention, and Vegetarian Times.

Experience over 150 of the most popular courses taught by the world’s top professors from the Great Courses Library Collection, including their Health, Fitness and Nutrition collection.

This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

OverDrive’s collection offers hundreds of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks on physical and mental wellness. Access materials on your computer or through the Libby app.

Sports Team Partnerships

Healthy Living Booklists

Featured Videos

A TIPP for Managing Big Feelings

This program will teach four behavioral skills that children (and their adults!) can use to manage "big" feelings, whether they be fear, sadness, anger, or other overwhelming emotions. All of the skills can be performed at home, in public, and with little to no extra supplies. Follow along as the presenter, a licensed marriage and family therapist, demonstrates how to perform each skill.

Up & Out with PGCMLS

Cooking Demos

Guided Meditation

An easy guided meditation designed to be calming, stress-reducing, and to promote personal connection.

Community Conversations: Let’s Talk about Mental Health!

Join special guest Stacy L. Smith from National Alliance on Mental Illness as we discuss one of the most prevalent topics among our community: Mental Health. September spotlights Suicide Awareness and Prevention and October spotlights Mental Illness Awareness Week (Sun 4th Oct - Sat 10th Oct 2020) Today's conversation will provide our community with resources on seeking help and helping others.

Readers Advisory: Mental Health

Library staff and special guests convene weekly to share book recommendations and chat all things books!

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for Children and Teens

Tiffany Thomas from the Mental Health Association of MD joins us to discuss youth mental health, suicide prevention, and local resources.

Health and Wellness Resource Fair

Looking for info on Health and Wellness? Explore great library resources that you may not have known about!

Head Games: Teen Gaming and Mental Health

Hear from a licensed counselor and Esports commentator about supporting your mental health while gaming.

Yoga for Kids

PGCMLS Yoga for Kids returns, just online this time! Kids and their families are invited to join a fun yoga class from home with Miss Kathryn who leads Yoga at the Bowie Branch. Kids and families welcome.

Yoga and Healthy Living Ep. 1

Learn new tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle through yoga ! Taught by Joy Levine. Thursday at noon, Jan 14, 21, 28, and Feb 4. No experience necessary.