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WSMC offers workshops

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Beginning March 7, community members are invited to participate in a free, six-week Healthier Living Workshop Series hosted by Western Sierra Medical Clinic.

The Healthier Living classes will take place Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Miners Family Health Center through April 11. Designed to help those living with any type of chronic health condition, the classes are free and open to the public. Chronic conditions are generally of long duration and slow progression and may include heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, MS, celiac disease, ALS, arthritis and chronic pain.

The program was created by Stanford University and is made possible at WSMC through a grant from the California Collaborative for Chronic Disease Prevention.

Classes cover topics such as pain and symptom management, the benefits of condition-appropriate exercise and nutrition, dealing with difficult emotions, relaxation techniques and tips for communicating with health care professionals. Participant interaction, shared learning experiences, and the creation of weekly personal action plans are part of the program.

"I can't say enough about the impact and benefit that participants gain from this class," says co-instructor Chris Grace, a medical assistant at Western Sierra Medical Clinic. "Individuals gain confidence, skills and information that can improve their everyday lives."

Every participant will receive the companion book, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" and a guided relaxation tape. Pre-registration is required and can be made by contacting Chris Grace at 530-274-9762.

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For information about Western Sierra Medical Clinic, visit Miners Family Health Center is located at 1345 Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley.

Nevada County Democrats

to host women's issues forum

The Nevada County Democrats will host an educational forum supporting women's issues March 5 at the Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 N. Pine St., in the downstairs dining area beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The guest speaker is Sandy Schmidt, founder and executive director of Women of Worth. Every time Schmidt adds a new service to Women of Worth, the underlying question is always, "What would help others to escape and start a new life?"

There will be pizza and salad served and no-host beverages available. The forum is open to the public.

For information contact Jim Firth, NCDCC chair, at 530-477-1804 or visit the website at

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