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Evening session of ‘Healthier Living Class’ for those with chronic health conditions

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Western Sierra Medical Clinic will host a new daytime session of the six-week Healthier Living Workshop beginning Thursday. The program is designed to support and educate individuals living with chronic health conditions and is free and open to the public.

Though grant funding was recently eliminated for the program, WSMC is committed to continuing the classes.

The weekly classes will take place at Miners Family Health Center Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the facility's conference room. 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.

Chronic conditions are generally defined as being 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.

Participant interaction, shared learning experiences and the creation of weekly personal action plans are part of the program.

This program was created by Stanford University and instructors received comprehensive training through the California Collaborative for Chronic Disease Prevention.

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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.

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

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