Monday, January 16, 2017

Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Healthy Acadia, in partnership with MDI Hospital, will offer a free, six-week "Taking Action for Health" workshop series at the Community Health Center in the Straus Center, 16 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor.  Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:30pm beginning February 15 and continuing through March 22, 2017. “Taking Action for Health” is Healthy Acadia’s Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, an evidence-based program to help those living with a chronic disease discover new tools for managing their chronic condition and maintain an active and fulfilling life.

“Taking Action for Health” is a free, interactive series that is open to anyone living with a chronic health condition, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, migraines, asthma, eating disorders, depression and more. Caregivers are also welcome.  Participants will learn appropriate use of medications; how to evaluate new treatment options; appropriate exercise for maintaining/improving strength, flexibility and endurance; nutrition information; how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals; techniques to manage frustration, pain, fatigue and isolation; and decision making processes. Visit to learn more about "Taking Action for Health." 

The process in which “Taking Action for Health” is facilitated makes it effective, even for those living with multiple chronic conditions. Classes are highly interactive - participants share their progress and successes and provide mutual support and encouragement. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Workshop participants will each receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, and an audio relaxation CD, “Relaxation for Mind and Body.”

“Taking Action for Health” will be facilitated by Laura Clapp and Ben Billings, Health Coaches with MDI Hospital's Integrated Care Team. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kathy Mulligan at 207-801-5034 or to register or for more information about “Taking Action for Health.”

 “Taking Action for Health” is supported by Grant Number D04RH28404 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.