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Course/event description Location Dates & times
My Choice...My Health - Diabetes Prevention Program
This National Kidney Foundation of Michigan program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. This program is free to Priority Health members. 
Call the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 800-482-1455 or go online for more information.
Grand Rapids
Priority Health
3111 Leonard NE
January 14, 15  Wednesdays for 16 weeks
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Vascular Screenings
Spectrum Health is offering free vascular screenings at most regional locations. These screenings will identify vessel changes and help you take charge of your health. If you have at least two of these risk factors: age 60 or older, diabetes, high blood pressure, history of smoking, high cholesterol, immediate family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm (bulging in the aorta), or an immediate family history of a stroke or mini-stroke before age 60.

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule. 

Grand Rapids
Various locations
Offered at various locations, dates and times.

Quit 101: Smoking Cessation Class
Are you fed up with the cost of tobacco to your wallet and your health? Have you struggled in the past to stop using tobacco, only to remain caught in the web of addiction? QUIT 101 focuses on tips to help you develop a quit plan and strategies that will work for you. Libby Stern, LMSW, a nationally-certified tobacco addiction specialist who is also a former smoker, facilitates this program to help you find the motivation and skills you need to stop tobacco once and for all. Information about medications used in quitting smoking and a free nicotine replacement therapy sample also are included. 

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
West Michigan Heart 2902 Bradford Street NE, (lower level, east side entrance)
Tuesday, January 13, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Three-part Alzheimer’s Education Series
Week 1 (January 13) Understanding Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias: Getting a diagnosis and current information on treatment and research developments.

Week 2 (January 20) Legal & Financial Issues: Making financial and medical decisions on behalf of a person with dementia and planning for future care needs.

Week 3 (January 27) Navigating the Dementia Journey: Successfully interacting with a person with dementia and practical solutions to the daily challenges of caring for someone with memory loss.

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 110
Tuesdays, January 13 to January 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Diabetes Prevention Class
Do you have pre-diabetes or does diabetes run in your family? We will help you develop a healthy lifestyle and help prevent diabetes from taking over your life. A certified diabetes educator will help you learn more about nutrition, provide smart ways to grocery shop, offer tips on weight loss, suggest ways to become more active, provide guidance to develop a support system and answer your unique questions. Free diabetes support groups are available. 

Call 616.267.8950, option 3 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Medical Group Integrated Care Campus at East Beltline 2750 E Beltline NE, Community Room
Monday, January 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

What’s Your WHY? Finding Your Reasons to Live Well
Are you thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Did you ever wonder what is motivating you to make and break them? Discover the “why” behind your choices and make this the year you finally turn your good intentions into a permanent, healthier lifestyle. Join Jessica Corwin, MPH, registered dietitian and Kim DeLafuente, MA, ACSM-PD, exercise physiologist, to explore the importance of positive self-talk, learn ways to sustain a healthy lifestyle and maximize positive health choices. Make this the year it happens!

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 210
Wednesday, January 28, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Secondary Caregivers: Supporting the Caregiver of a Person with Dementia
This series of three classes (especially helpful for family and friends) addresses issues relating to supporting the primary caregiver of a person with dementia living at home. Learn about dementia and its effects on the brain, managing behaviors, navigating changing roles and relationships with the primary caregiver and the person with dementia, improving caregiver skills and much more!

Call 616.459.4558 or toll-free 800.272.3900 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 110
Tuesdays, February 3 to February 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Change Your Mind, Move More
Do you want to increase your energy, improve your mood and start feeling better about yourself? If you often talk yourself out of exercise before you even have your shoes on, then this class is for you. You will leave the session with a fresh perspective on an active lifestyle, and the desire to give it a try—without the excuses. Join Kim DeLafuente, MA, ACSM-PD, exercise physiologist, to learn more.

Call Renee at 616.454.1459 extension 1503 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Salvation Army Fulton Heights Citadel 1235 East Fulton Street
Wednesday, February 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Balance
Are you concerned about falling? Kim DeLafuente, MA, ACSM-PD, exercise physiologist will help you learn about the importance of balance in your everyday activities and share some basic exercises to help you stay steady on your feet.

Call Renee at 616.454.1459 extension 1503 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Salvation Army Senior Program
1235 E. Fulton
Wednesday, February 18, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Get Brain Smart
The brain is as healthy as the body that carries it. Join Kim DeLafuente, MA, ACSM-PD, exercise physiologist, to learn how movement optimizes your brain health by improving memory, impacting Alzheimer’s disease and lifting your mood.

Call Renee at 616.454.1459 extension 1503 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Salvation Army Senior Program
1235 E. Fulton
Wednesday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Getting Started with Resistance Training
Thinking of resistance training, but not sure where to start? This class is perfect for beginners! Kim DeLafuente, MA, ACSM-PD, exercise physiologist, will highlight different methods of resistance training including resistance bands, medicine balls, dumbbells and body weight as ways to improve strength and tone up.

Call Renee at 616.454.1459 extension 1503 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Salvation Army Senior Program
1235 E. Fulton
Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Vegetarian Cooking: More Tips and Tricks for Delicious Meals
Join Jessica Corwin, MPH, registered dietitian, and learn to create delicious vegetarian dishes for your spring events and summer cookouts. Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad will do an encore, and we will be adding Spicy Spaghetti Squash, Crabless Crab Cakes, and of course, dessert—all recipes that will appeal to meat lovers and vegetarians alike! We will also discuss meat-free protein sources such as tempeh, edamame and tofu, cooking techniques and the latest advice on soy. Discover how to bring nutrition and flavor together in this fun cooking demonstration and sampling. Fee is $10 per person.

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 210
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Quit 101: Smoking Cessation Class
Are you fed up with the cost of tobacco to your wallet and your health? Have you struggled in the past to stop using tobacco, only to remain caught in the web of addiction? QUIT 101 focuses on tips to help you develop a quit plan and strategies that will work for you. Libby Stern, LMSW, a nationally-certified tobacco addiction specialist who is also a former smoker, facilitates this program to help you find the motivation and skills you need to stop tobacco once and for all. Information about medications used in quitting smoking and a free nicotine replacement therapy sample also are included. 

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health South Pavilion 80 68th Street SE, Community Room
Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Diabetes Prevention Class
Are you fed up with the cost of tobacco to your wallet and your health? Have you struggled in the past to stop using tobacco, only to remain caught in the web of addiction? QUIT 101 focuses on tips to help you develop a quit plan and strategies that will work for you. Libby Stern, LMSW, a nationally-certified tobacco addiction specialist who is also a former smoker, facilitates this program to help you find the motivation and skills you need to stop tobacco once and for all. Information about medications used in quitting smoking and a free nicotine replacement therapy sample also are included. 

Call 616.267.8950, option 3 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Diabetes Education Services 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 210
Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Balance and Bones Sampler: Helping to Protect Your Bones
Help your balance and your bones. No matter what your bone health, join Spectrum Health physical therapists for this interactive session to learn how to protect your bones and prevent falls. You will have an opportunity to try balance and core exercises, strength training and Tai Chi to increase coordination.

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 210
Tuesday, March 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Many older adults are afraid to participate in activities because of fear of falling. Matter of Balance is an evidence-based, award-winning program designed to manage this fear and safely increase activity. Learn how to look at falls and the fear of falls as something you can control, set realistic goals for activity, reduce fall risk factors and use exercise to increase strength and balance. This program is designed for individuals who are independently mobile and able to problem solve. Please join us to increase your confidence and maintain your independence. For a complete listing of area-wide class dates, times and locations, please contact the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at 616.222.7011. Fee is $10 for the 8-week series.

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital 1840 Wealthy Street SE, Room 4E68
Mondays, March 16 to May 4, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Many older adults are afraid to participate in activities because of fear of falling. Matter of Balance is an evidence-based, award-winning program designed to manage this fear and safely increase activity. Learn how to look at falls and the fear of falls as something you can control, set realistic goals for activity, reduce fall risk factors and use exercise to increase strength and balance. This program is designed for individuals who are independently mobile and able to problem solve. Please join us to increase your confidence and maintain your independence. For a complete listing of area-wide class dates, times and locations, please contact the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at 616.222.7011. Fee is $10 for the 8-week series.

Call 616.267.2626, option 4 or toll-free 877.495.2626, option 4 to schedule.

Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 110
Thursdays, April 2 to May 21, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Low impact exercises that you can do either sitting or standing to help relieve stiffness and pain and build strength. Developed especially for people with arthritis or related conditions. Several two-day a week sessions are available.
Call Senior Neighbors at 616.459.6019 for the location and time that works for you.
Grand Rapids
Salvation Army Senior Program
1235 E. Fulton
Mondays and Wednesdays 
10:15-10:45 a.m.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Low impact exercises that you can do either sitting or standing to help relieve stiffness and pain and build strength. Developed especially for people with arthritis or related conditions. Several two-day-a-week sessions are available.
Call Senior Neighbors at 616.459.6019 for the location and time that works for you.
Grand Rapids
United Methodist Community House
904 Sheldon Ave SE
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Low impact exercises that you can do either sitting or standing to help relieve stiffness and pain and build strength. Developed especially for people with arthritis or related conditions. Several two-day a week sessions are available.
Call Senior Neighbors at 616.459.6019 for the location and time that works for you.
Grand Rapids
Senior Neighbors Grand Rapids Senior Center
333 S. Division
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00-10:45 a.m.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Low impact exercises that you can do either sitting or standing to help relieve stiffness and pain and build strength. Developed especially for people with arthritis or related conditions. Several two-day a week sessions are available.
Call Senior Neighbors at 616.459.6019 for the location and time that works for you.
Rockford
Rockford Reformed Church
4890 11 Mile
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Low impact exercises that you can do either sitting or standing to help relieve stiffness and pain and build strength. Developed especially for people with arthritis or related conditions. Several two-day a week sessions are available.
Call Senior Neighbors at 616.459.6019 for the location and time that works for you.
Sparta
Sparta Senior Neighbors Center
Harvest Way
100 Ida Red
Tuesdays and Fridays
10:30-11:15 a.m.
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