Wellness Programs at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

The ALA-APA Wellness website states that “wellness is an active and life-long process, involving positive decision-making and finding balance between many priorities. It is tied to awareness and to making choices that lead to being happier, healthier, and more fulfilled. Individual and community well-being are inherently connected, so it is vitally important that workplaces be places of wellness for their employees.” During the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (June 22-27, 2017), conference attendees will find several opportunities to learn about ways to find balance in their lives. Listed below are some programs being held at the conference that are related to wellness.


Renew, Re-Energize, Refresh Your Career

Saturday, June 24, 2017; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Placement Center, McCormick Place West, Level 3, Hall F2

Here are the top three reasons many people say they’re in their current jobs – “I needed more hours, so I took it.” “It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was a foot in the door.” “I needed more money.” Sound familiar? Well, as they say, this isn’t a dress rehearsal, so it’s time you made the right career decisions – for the right reasons. Imagine being happy to go to work in the morning, seeing a bright future ahead of you and taking pride in the contribution you’re making. It can happen! Maybe you just need to… Renew Yourself!


Manage Your Stress and Start Living a Healthier Life Today

Saturday, June 24, 2017; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Placement Center, McCormick Place West, Level 3, Hall F2

Join us for this interactive session where we will discuss signs of stress and how it impacts your body and mental health.  Walk away with stress reduction techniques that you will be able to use immediately.  Leave feeling refreshed and prepared to meet challenges in healthier, more productive ways. 


Healthy Aging @ Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

Saturday, June 24, 2017; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: McCormick Place, W175b

Sponsored by the ASCLA President, this session is designed to help library staff assist older adults find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet. Attendees will learn what makes a website senior-friendly, ideas for planning library programs on senior health topics, and where to locate health materials for distribution to older adults within the community.


Unemployed and Faking Normal

Sunday, June 25, 2017; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Placement Center, McCormick Place West, Level 3, Hall F2

Elizabeth White, Author of Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal, will discuss the hidden financial plight of many baby boomers and the pressure to act like everything’s OK when everything is not OK. White was interviewed recently on PBS NewsHour and her story/articles have appeared in Next Avenue, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. 


Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Sunday, June 25, 2017; 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Placement Center, McCormick Place West, Level 3, Hall F2

Self-care is not a one-time thought or event. The concept needs to be part of a long-term strategy that is embedded in your life-style. Join us for this interactive presentation where we will explore a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses mind, body and spirit.  Walk away with tangible ideas that you can put in to practice immediately.


General Wellness Activities in the Exhibits

What’s Cooking @ ALA Demonstration Stage

The “What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking Pavilion will showcase a variety of chefs and authors. Chefs will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of the latest cookbooks, and will prepare the hottest recipes on the Demonstration Stage and autograph their latest books.


The Park & The Playground @ ALA

A new feature of the exhibit hall, The Park is a great place to take a break from the miles of aisles. Enjoy a little green (carpet) space and take a little break. The Park @ ALA is located in the center of the exhibit hall with the food court above.


Think Fit @ ALA

Sustainability and ‘green’ efforts are increasing throughout the events and hospitality industry. ‘Thinking Fit’ by minimizing our negative impact on the environment, ALA encourages you to keep an eye out for our environmentally friendly activities, as well as those of our vendors and other partners.