Health and Wellbeing

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Make healthier changes with the help of Livewell and Derby Libraries.

Looking to improve your well-being? 

Derby offers a wealth of resources to support your goals in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Explore Livewell's comprehensive programs designed for lasting health improvements. Alongside these programs, 

Livewell offers a wide range of free programmes to help people in Derby live better. Livewell has already helped lots of people to lose weight, stop smoking, get fitter and support their children to be a healthy weight.

Derby Libraries boasts a range of resources to complement your well-being journey.

Blood pressure monitor kits available for loan at Derby Libraries

Blood pressure monitors kits are available to borrow at Alvaston LibraryMickleover LibraryNormanton Library, and Riverside Library. They have been provided in partnership with Livewell, Derby City Councils Wellbeing Service.

Monitoring your blood pressure regularly can help you find the positive changes in your day-to-day life to keep your heart healthier for the future.

  • The kits are free to borrow with your library card.
  • They are available to borrow for 1 week.
  • You can renew once.
  • The kit must be returned to Normanton Library.
  • Fines and charges will apply if it is returned late or lost / damaged.

The blood pressure monitor kits

The blood pressure monitor kits include an information leaflet that explains how to check your blood pressure at home and what to do with the results – measuring blood pressure at home can be very useful to give a more accurate picture of what a person’s blood pressure is like. The monitors can also detect an irregular heartbeat.

Please note that staff in libraries do not have medical training and can’t show you how to use the kits – please use the information provided and if you are concerned consult your doctor.

More Derby Libraries services for Health and Wellbeing

Books and Reading for pleasure

Curling up with a good book is a great way to de-stress and improve your wellbeing. 

Library Clubs and Activities

If you are feeling isolated our clubs and activities are a great way to meet new people with a shared interest.

Reading Well collections

Our Reading Well collections help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using recommended books available from your library. 

Library support for people with dementia and their carers

We offer a range of resources to support people with dementia and their carers, including reminiscence packs and our Quick Reads collection. 

Let’s Chat

Derby Libraries support the Let’s Chat Derbyshire campaign, which helps people to start conversations with others about their wellbeing and mental health.

Pick up a booklet from one of our libraries or ask a member of staff.

Healthy living support from Livewell

Lose weight

Free, supportive 12 month programmes designed to help people in Derby lose weight sensibly and keep it off for good.


Quit for good with Livewell's free 12 month Stop Smoking programme.

Aged between 40 and 74? Get a free 30 minute NHS Health Check to find out your BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure and heart age.


12 month fitness programmes run in partnership with Derby County Community Trust.

Other places to get advice and support

Move More Derby

Physical activity inspiration and online health coach

Walking for Health (Walk Well Derby)

Free led walks all over Derby

NHS Choices

Comprehensive health information containing thousands of articles, videos and tools.

One You

Tools, support and encouragement to improve health.

British Heart Foundation

Booklets, guides and information about heart health

Diabetes UK

Helpful advice and support to understand and manage diabetes.

Trent Psychological Therapies Service

Information and online self referral for physchological therapies in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

British Nutrition Foundation

Network of support and advice on nutrition and diet