Wearable Wellness programme
Smart activity tracker watches and blood pressure monitors are now available to borrow from our libraries.
About Wearable Wellness
Wiltshire Council are running a 'Wearable Wellness' programme from our libraries with the aim of helping you lead a healthier lifestyle.
The programme makes available smart activity tracker watches and blood pressure monitors for free, with a library membership, to enable you to monitor your health and make informed decisions about your wellbeing.
With a library membership, you can borrow the devices for free from the following libraries:
If you aren't already a library member, join online, or in person at one of our libraries.
How Wearable Wellness works
Our 'Wearable Wellness' programme will help you unlock a healthier lifestyle by providing devices that let you monitor your health and make informed decisions about your wellbeing. It also gives you the opportunity to trial these devices and see whether having your own is something you want to invest in.
Devices available to borrow from our libraries
Smart activity tracker watches are a great way to encourage a healthier lifestyle. They help you monitor your daily activities, show you how small increases in movement add up throughout the day, and even send you inactivity alerts telling you it's time to move, and much more.
The AmazFit smart activity tracker watch is available to borrow for free from these libraries, with a library membership. If you aren't already a library member, Join the library online, or in person at one of our libraries.
Key features of the watch:
- monitor heart rate, activity, sleep quality, and stress levels
- use with a dedicated smartphone app: Zepp (apps.apple.com) or Zepp (play.google.com)
- easy to set up and use with the
- quick charging with a long battery life - up to 14 days use
Sign up and follow up surveys with the terms and conditions for loaning a smart activity tracker watch are available to download or print here:
Library members borrowing the Smart activity tracker watch must be 16 or over. The watches can be borrowed for up to six weeks from Salisbury or Trowbridge Library, or eight weeks from the North or South Mobile Libraries. Watches are cleared of all data when you return them, ensuring your privacy isn't compromised.
Why physical activity and exercise is important
Regular physical activity improves both immediate and long-term health. It enhances quality of life and can help prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Being active can help reduce mobility issues and falls in old age. It also enhances sleep, mental health, and strengthens muscles and bones. Simple changes like walking the children to school, cycling instead of driving, getting off the bus a stop early, are all things you can do to increase your physical activity.
Using a blood pressure monitor helps you track your heart health - it detects high blood pressure, which can indicate health issues - monitoring helps you raise any concerns to your GP or healthcare professional, and ensure timely treatment if needed. It's a simple way to protect your well-being, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
The OMRON blood pressure monitor is available to borrow for free from these libraries, with a library membership. If you aren't already a library member, Join the library online, or in person at one of our libraries.
The blood pressure monitors come with usage guides and a monitor diary, available to download:
There is also a short video: British Heart Foundation - How to measure your own blood pressure (youtube.com), which goes through how to use a blood pressure machine.
Sign up and follow up surveys with the terms and conditions for loaning a blood pressure monitor are available to download or print:
Library members borrowing the blood pressure monitors must be 18 or over. The monitors can be borrowed for up to three weeks from Salisbury or Trowbridge Library, or four weeks from the North or South Mobile Libraries.
Why blood pressure is important
High blood pressure affects one in four adults, of whom half are undiagnosed or not receiving treatment. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), and significantly increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It can also indicate kidney disease. Early detection of high blood pressure, and accessing treatment, can help people live longer, healthier lives. Measuring blood pressure at home is easy, and very useful tool in giving a more accurate picture of what a person's blood pressure is like.
Staff in libraries do not have medical training and are unable to show customers how to use the devices. However, instruction leaflets are provided, and online resources are available, as detailed in the sections above.
Links to information on why, where, and how to get active in Wiltshire, whatever your age or ability, and help if you have a medical condition, disability, or long term health condition.
- Physical Activity (mecclink.co.uk) - why you should get more active, and how to do it
- Health Coaches (Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub) - what they do and who to contact
- Get Active (wiltssport.org) - find out what's going on in Wiltshire to get you active, for all abilities and ages
- Active Health - the GP (or healthcare professional) referral programme that gives you access to reduce rate leisure centre membership, and a free programme tailored to your needs, to help you become more active and maintain your health and wellbeing
- Ability Sports programme (localoffer.wiltshire.gov.uk) - information on opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities to access a sport of their choice
- Active Trowbridge - offers a range of physical activities for both children and adults
- Get Active (wiltssport.org) - finding ways to be active in Wiltshire and Swindon
- Getting started (weareundefeatable.co.uk) - finding ways to be active for people managing a range of health conditions
- EXI app (exi.life) - Exercise Intelligence for Weight, a personalized physical activity programs for people managing weight and multiple health conditions
- Couch to fitness (couchtofitness.com) - online fitness programme, take part from the comfort of home at your own pace
- NHS weight loss app (nhs.uk) - free NHS Weight Loss Plan to help you start healthier eating habits, be more active, and start losing weight
- HEART UK: HEART UK publications - blood fats explained
- NHS: Quit smoking - free app to help you quit smoking and start breathing easier
- Turning Point: Connect Wiltshire - advice and guidance for people having problems with alcohol