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Living Well Ellenville (LWE) is a program from the Ellenville Public Library & Museum, in partnership with Ellenville Regional Hospital, that began in January 2018. The program meets at the library consistently each Thursday at 10:00 AM for a leisurely walk through town. Patrons and library staff leading the walk return at 10:30 AM for a healthy snack, and water, tea, or coffee, and then participate in a wellness related program. This program offers a wide variety of activities, including cooking demonstrations, Reiki, Tai Chi, information about when to utilize the Emergency Room, urgent care and the doctor, and many more. Ellenville Regional Hospital (ERH) received a grant that ‘fit’ the program, called Healthy Hearts, which provided additional funds to supplement Living Well Ellenville. Community organizations like the Cornell Cooperative Extension are involved on a semi-regular basis, and the library also pays some special instructors out of their programming budget. Though the participant numbers ebb and flow, from the community perspective it has been a very successful program. Ellenville staff have noticed that some of their older adult patrons, “snowbirds” who winter in warmer locations, have just started coming back to attend this program, and they love it!