Start A Book Club With Help From The MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program

The MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program addresses social and intellectual wellness with our choice of this month’s topic of TAKE TIME TO READ.  Book clubs are a great way to tackle these two aspects of wellness.  Catch up with friends, meet new people and read and discuss great books.  How to get started?  Read on!

 

WHAT KIND OF BOOK CLUB DO YOU WANT?

Social or serious? If you make this decision right away you will know who to invite and what books to read.

 

WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU WANT TO READ?

• Fiction – general, current or classic, historical, mystery, science fiction, western, romance

• Nonfiction – memoir, biography, history, current events, science, travel, cooking

• Others – poetry and drama

Vary your reading by moving between more challenging works and those on the lighter side.

 

WHAT ABOUT MEMBERS?

• Number – 8 to 16 members are best; enough for a discussion if several are absent, but not too many to make discussions unwieldy.

• Getting started – start with 3 friends, all dedicated readers; ask each to invite 1 to 3 others.  It is not important for everyone to know one another, in fact, it is fun if you don’t.  After you meet a couple of times, you can grow the club at your own pace.

• Caution – be sure to find people with similar reading styles.

 

MEETING, HOW OFTEN & WHEN?

The most important thing is to pick a schedule and stick with it.

 

WHERE SHOULD YOU MEET?

Homes, clubhouses, public libraries, churches, cafes and restaurants all make good meeting places.

 

HOW DO WE KEEP IN TOUCH?

Send out monthly meeting reminders. For those who don’t use email, send postcards or setup a phone tree. Distribute a complete list of phone numbers, as well as home, email and twitter addresses.

 

KEEPING MEMORIES

Keep a club journal to keep track of the books you have read, plot summaries, discussion highlights and members’ opinions. It is especially good to bring new members up to speed.

 

LINKS TO FIND BOOKS

http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/overview.html

http://www.goodreads.com/

http://whatshouldireadnext.com/

http://www.oprah.com/book_club.html

You local library also has many resources for book clubs.

 

The goal of the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program is to recognize the unique individuality of everyone.  This approach to wellness is an active process in which everyone is encouraged to make choices towards personal growth in seven dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational/vocational and financial.  Most workplace wellness programs focus entirely on physical health.  With a whole person wellness approach, the physical needs will not be downplayed, but will be held in equal importance as the dimensions that involve mind and spirit.  In whole person wellness a high priority is placed on prevention, individual involvement and the responsibility we each have for achieving optimal wellness of body, mind and spirit.

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