Healthier Living Workshops are six-week classes for people with chronic conditions and their caregivers, and a new series begins this Valentine’s Day at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.
Offered for free as part of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, the workshops are led by trained facilitators and are designed to help improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. They also provide tips for managing medications, eating healthier, and improving communications with family and friends.
The goal is to help people better manage their health conditions and deal with the frustration, fatigue, and pain that can accompany a chronic disease.
Participants also benefit from meeting other people with chronic conditions, learning how they cope, and enjoying the camaraderie of knowing that they are not alone in how they’re feeling, notes Gifford workshop coordinator Susan Delattre.
According to the Vermont Department of Health, past participants report increased energy, reduced stress, more self-confidence, and fewer doctors’ visits as a result.
The workshops are offered quarterly at Gifford, and this latest class begins Feb. 14 and continues Tuesdays through March 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Randolph hospital’s Conference Center.
To register or for more information, call Delattre at Gifford at (802) 728-2118.
Gifford Medical Center is at 44 S. Main St. (Route 12 south of the village) in Randolph. The Conference Center is on the first floor. Log onto www.giffordmed.org to learn more.