Free workshop for those with chronic health conditions Dec. 4 |

Free workshop for those with chronic health conditions Dec. 4

Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC) invites community members living with chronic health conditions to register for the free Healthier Living Workshop Series, which begins Dec. 4.

Healthier Living is a grant-funded, six-week series designed to help those living with chronic health conditions including, but not limited to: diabetes, MS, celiac disease, ALS, heart disease, arthritis and chronic pain. Classes meet weekly in the Miners Family Health Center conference room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 4 through Jan. 22, 2013. No class will be held on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, due to the holidays.

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. The series provides ample time for participant interaction and shared learning experiences. Discussion topics include: pain and symptom management, exercise and nutrition, dealing with difficult emotions, relaxation techniques, and tips for communicating with health care professionals.

"Chronic conditions can cause pain, frustration and fear," says co-instructor Joanna Snider-Lipa, LCSW at Western Sierra Medical Clinic, "and this class gives participants the courage and confidence to improve how they live each day."

All participants 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 Miners Family Health Center is located at 1345 Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley.

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