Clinic to host free chronic health conditions workshop series |

Clinic to host free chronic health conditions workshop series

Western Sierra Medical Clinic invites community members living with chronic health conditions to register for a free six-week Healthier Living Workshop series, beginning Jan. 29.

The program is grant-funded and designed to help those living with any type of chronic health condition. 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.

Healthier Living classes take place Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miners Family Health Center Jan. 29 through March 5.

Participants will cover topics that include pain and symptom management, the effects of appropriate exercise and nutrition, dealing with difficult emotions, relaxation techniques and tips for communicating and problem solving with health care professionals. Classes include ample time for participant interaction and shared learning experiences, as well as the creation of weekly personal action plans.

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

"This class provides participants with confidence, skills and information that can help improve their everyday lives as well as their long-term health," says co-instructor Joanna Snider-Lipa, LCSW at Western Sierra Medical Clinic.

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Every participant receives 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.

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

Western Sierra Medical Clinic Inc. is a nonprofit community health center serving more than 17,000 patients throughout Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties. WSMC offers comprehensive patient-centered medical, dental, maternity and behavioral health care from its sites at Miners Family Health Center in Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville. It is WSMC's mission to ensure that every person, regardless of ability to pay, has access to quality health care.

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