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									                                             Mary Ann Mongan Library
                                     502 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011
                                      phone (859) 962-4060 fax (859) 962-4096
                                           www.kentonlibrary.org


Contact: Sue Banks, (859) 962-4001                                                        December 9, 2009
Branch Manager, Erlanger Branch
susan.banks@kentonlibrary.org


Health Kiosk to Unveil at Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger Branch
Partnership between University of Kentucky College of Nursing, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the
NKY Health Department

On Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m. the public is invited as the region’s newest health resource will be
unveiled at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library. The University of Kentucky College
of Nursing’s Clean Indoor Air Collaborative, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the Northern Kentucky Health
Department will launch an interactive health kiosk that will provide information on heart health, smoking
cessation, second-hand smoke and radon.


The kiosk, called The Well, with a tagline of “the hub for a healthier you” will allow visitors to take
interactive quizzes about heart health, smoking cessation, second-hand smoke and radon and provide take
away information for those using it. The kiosk features a BMI calculator, scale and interactive computer
screen and keyboard for BMI calculation. There are also lower panels of the kiosk that can keep children
entertained so that busy adults can use it. Additionally, visitors can use resources at the Library to find out
more information, including the free online resources such as Medline Plus.


The Erlanger Branch Library was designated as the location for the kiosk due to the number of visitors the
library receives, nearly 40,000 each month, and its ongoing efforts to provide and promote healthy-living
opportunities and information to visitors. Erlanger Branch manager, Sue Banks, explains.


“Several years ago, we began to realize how important the Library was as a resource for people in regards
to health care, wellness and fitness. Since then, with the help of our community partners like the Kenton
County Extension Office, NKY Health District and many others, we have provided a Senior Health and
Wellness series, fitness programs, health clinics and been heavily involved in the city’s “Step Forward,
Erlanger” walk-ability initiative. Additionally, we are working with Gateway Community and Technical
College and Thomas More College’s nursing program to make sure their students have the resources they
need for their studies in the medical field. We are thrilled that the Library can now offer this health kiosk
because of our partnership with University of Kentucky College of Nursing, St. Elizabeth’s and the
Northern Kentucky Health Department.”


The public is invited to attend this free event which takes place Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m. at the
Erlanger Branch Library, located at 401 Kenton Lands Road.


Contacts for partnering organizations:
           St. Elizabeth Medical Center
       Theresa Taylor, Marketing Communication Manager
        859- 301-6305 direct 859- 301-6305 main Theresa.taylor@stelizabeth.com
           University of Kentucky
       Ann Blackford, media contact
        859-312-3587 ann.blackford@uky.edu
           Northern Kentucky Health Department
       Emily Gresham Wherle, Public Information Officer
     859.344.5470 ect 859-462-7090 cell Emily.gresham@ky.gov
           Kenton County Public Library
       Sue Banks, Manager, Erlanger Branch
       (859) 962-4001 susan.banks@kentonlibrary.org


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The Kenton County Public Library has three locations – Covington, Erlanger and Durr in Independence. The library
is consistently one of the top ranked public libraries in the state of Kentucky and served more than 1.1 million visitors
last year. The library also provides more than 4,000 free educational, informational and recreational programs and
training classes annually. Learn more at www.kentonlibrary.org. In 2008 and 2009, the Kenton County Public
Library was ranked #1 in the state of Kentucky according to the HAPLR Index.

								
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