Health and Wellness Center

The Finkelstein Memorial Library Health and Wellness Center provides access to resources and information on a variety of health related topics such as free lectures on nutrition, disease prevention, etc. and hands-on free yoga, Tai Chi, and zumba classes offered seasonally.

The Health Information Center houses an in-depth collection of health reference books, periodicals and three computer workstations to enable patrons to search for health information on the Internet.

Health & Wellness Classes

Zumba (August)
Heroin & Opioid Crisis
HIV Free Testing
Tai Chi
Hatha Yoga
Regenerative foods
Understanding Dementia
Zumba (November)
Advanced Beginner Yoga

All classes are free but require registration. To register and for further information call 352-5700 ext. 244 or stop by the 2nd floor reference desk.

Check with your health care professional before any exercise regimen.


Zumba® for Adults

(4-Week Course)

Tuesdays, 7 – 8 PM

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22

Licensed Instructor: Arianna Pallens

A fusion of Latin and international music that provides a motivating fitness workshop. Dance your calories and worries away! Beginners are welcome; this class is designed to

be easy to follow. Wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Registration begins July 3.


The Heroin & Opioid Crisis in Rockland County

Thursday, Aug. 3, 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Free community awareness event: Resources, discussion & an open forum with an     addiction provider.

Featured Guests:

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS, addiction treatment provider and professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

India Perez-Urbano, Harvard Graduate & Founder of Rockland Connects.

Hosted by Rockland Connects: Registration begins July 3.




HIV Free Testing Days

Teste Gratis Pou VIH/SIDA Prueba Gratis del VIH

Tuesdays, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Monday, Oct. 23

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Rockland County Health Department invites you and your loved ones to participate in this free event. Confidential results in 20 minutes. Registration is not required. For info, please call: 845-364-2570.




Meditation on the Inner Light

Monday, October 2, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Presenter: Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D.

Learn the steps to meditation that can lead to a deep source of spiritual nourishment. All levels of meditators are welcome. Registration begins September 11.



Healthy Tai Chi Classes

Suitable for seniors and non-seniors

Session 1:  Mondays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Session 2:  Wednesdays, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Instructor: Master Ted Peng, Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years.

Slow individual movements are taken from elements of regular Tai Chi.

Suitable for senior and non-seniors. Participants can stand or sit in chairs.

Wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Note: Each session consists of four classes. Both sessions are the same. You may register for any of the sessions.

Registration begins September 11.




Hatha Yoga for Beginners

Mondays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

October 16, 23, 30, Nov 6

Instructor: Mary Ann Gebhardt, E-500

Hatha yoga is the physical branch of yoga that is known to strengthen, revitalize, and bring balance to the mind/body connection. All levels welcome.


Mary Ann Gebhardt has been studying yoga for over 35 years.  She is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance and a Chopra Certified Instructor.  Her deep respect for yoga comes in part from her experience working as a Medical Technologist in Hematology and Open Heart Surgery at Hackensack Medical Center. There she witnessed firsthand the powerful connection between the mind and body in the healing process. Registration begins Sept. 12.    



Regenerative Foods for Energy and Weight Loss

Wednesday, October 19 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Have you tried many diets only to find that the deprivation doesn't lead to permanent weight loss? Come learn techniques that will help you become naturally thin without crazy diets and exercise programs, without having to have a ton of discipline or depriving yourself of things that make you happy. Do you want to stop the cycle of unhealthy eating?  Are you ready to be empowered on how to eat for energy and weight loss?  Join me as I give you the tools leading to pleasurable eating and sustained weight loss. I'll also be preparing my delicious Pina Colada Green Smoothie. Registration begins September 11.



Understanding and responding to Dementia related behavior 

Wednesday, October 25 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Presented by Jody Addeo, MPA, Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County.

During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, and learn strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors. Registration begins September 26.



Zumba ® for Adults - 4 Week Course–Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Licensed Instructor: Arianna Pallens

A fusion of Latin and international music that provides a motivating fitness workshop. Wear sneakers, bring a water bottle and towel. Registration begins October 10.



Advanced Beginner Yoga

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

November 8, 15

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500

Use poses and breathing exercises to free up body and mind. Wear loose fitting clothes, bring a yoga mat and towel. Registration begins October 9.


Registration is required for these free programs. To register call 352-5700, ext. 244 or stop by second floor reference desk. Check with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise regimen.