When we are young it is easy to stay active and healthy with the watchful eye of our parents. A familiar chorus of, “stay inside, do chores; go outside, have fun”. There is gym class, sports, and just roaming around outside which helps our growing bodies, but as we get older and busier with the world of being an adult our fitness and health can take a backseat in our lives.

At Desert Foothills Library we try to make health and wellness a key aspect of our programming and collection. We want to be the reminder to a healthier life, and have an ease of access to that information for our community. Ask your librarians for help finding the right tool for your overall wellbeing, whether that be a book, program, local practitioner, database for the newest articles, or a new support group. Your library is your resource

Here are some of the amazing things you can find to motivate you into a healthier lifestyle:


The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet; Second Edition by Donald D. Hensrud, M.D. find it in our catalog

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb find it in our catalog

Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol by Ruby Warrington find it in our catalog


Gentle Yoga
Every Sunday & Wednesday, 11:00-12:00 pm
You are only one yoga class away from a good mood! Yoga for Every Body: through a slow flow of controlled poses you’ll begin strengthening your heart and bones, improving balance, and sharpening the mind. Please bring a yoga mat or light blanket. Questions: Contact instructor Marina Kachur, at 480-510-6572 or yokama14@gmail.com.

Yoga Inspired Soul Play
Every Monday, 9:15-10:30 am

A hybrid yoga class suitable for all levels, includes a multi-variation of styles of yoga infused with play-bringing us to our true inner child space. Body movement of dance, body awareness movements for strength, balance, resilience, and flexibility. Meditation – Guided visualizations, guided energy, and breath flow, use of voice via chant. Questions: Contact instructor Jennifer Mathews, jen72mathews@yahoo.com or 480-707-8377

Yoga Fusion
Every Thursday, 12:00-1:00 pm
Please join Elizabeth Boisson for an intermediate-level course of Yoga Fusion on Thursdays from 12-1 pm!  We will start with breathing exercises, go through a series of stretching movements to open our hearts and our hips, and then move into Vinyasa or Flow yoga and several standing sequences, including balance exercises.  We finish with 5 minutes of Savasana at the end of class. Questions: Contact instructor Elizabeth Boisson: 480-363-5275 or evboisson@yahoo.com.

Practical uses of Reiki and Various Energy Modalities in Meditation, Relaxation, Healing, Health, and Overall Self-Care
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
The discussion will begin with an explanation of the energy body, how it works and functions. We will review what effects this unseen energy force or body and how you use it. We will play with the energy for a better understanding of how you use and control your energy body at the present and how you can consciously control more of the energy that makes up all that is you. Questions: Contact instructor Karen Cimagllia: rockinvibs21@gmail.com or 602-721-7714.

Craft N Chat
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Do you knit, crochet, or practice another table craft? Join other local enthusiasts monthly for companionable creating and conversation. Any portable craft is welcomed! New crafters and all skill levels are always welcome!

Caring for the Caregiver
1st Mondays
Taking care of yourself is essential in being able to take care of your loved one. Join us for this opportunity to fellowship with other caregivers.  Led by Hospice of the West facilitators.

“The Healing Pathway”, After the Loss of a Spouse or Partner
2nd & 4th Mondays
Join us on this Journey that will guide you to find a “NEW NORMAL” as you process through your personal grief journey. Led by Hospice of the West facilitators.


Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (W.I.S.E.) Program

Various Programs from Eye Care North

Your 2019 Guide to Diet and Nutrition

Various Game Groups

Qigong/Tai Chi September-April
Every Friday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
A discipline that can be practiced and benefits gained at any age – you are never too old! A blending of Qigong and Tai Chi, with deep breathing and repeated gentle motions and stretches to improve health, balance, agility and flexibility.  Wear loose clothing and bare feet. Questions: Call or email instructor Bina Bou: 480-284-1300 or bina.b75@gmail.com.