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Be empowered with Healthy Living

Healthy Living workshops at LifePath are classes for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet weekly for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders.

"No one suggested any program to learn how to live with [my chronic heart and lung conditions] until the morning I received a telephone call from Tracy," a Healthy Living Leader, says Claire.

“It has been a great relief to let the fear and anger leave
and allow the hope, peace, and love back into my life.
It takes you to make it happen."

The six Healthy Living workshops

Choose from six, evidence-based workshops on managing chronic conditions and pain, diabetes, falls prevention, eating, and exercise.

“My Life, My Health: Living Well with Chronic Conditions”

This workshop is for those with chronic physical and/or emotional challenges that impact quality of life. Learn how to manage pain and fatigue, understand nutrition and exercise options, improve communication with medical providers and family, use effective relaxation and breathing techniques, manage medications, and make sound treatment decisions. Read more about this workshop.

Healthy Living workshop“Chronic Pain Self-Management”

Gain the tools, skills, confidence, and motivation you need to manage the challenges of living well with chronic pain. Adults with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, back or neck pain, or migraines will experience an effective, supportive, learning environment. Read more about this workshop.

“Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults”

Learn more about nutrition and how lifestyle changes can promote better health. Focus on heart- and bone-healthy nutrition strategies, as well as support for physical activity in conjunction with sound nutrition practices, to help maintain or improve your wellness and independence and prevent chronic disease development or progression. Build a sense of empowerment as you accomplish incremental changes. Read more about this workshop.

“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls”

Reduce your fear of falling while you increase your activity level. Learn strategies that improve balance and increase flexibility and strength. Set training goals and share practical solutions with each other while you learn to stay safe, active, and independent. Read more about this workshop.

Diabetes Self Management Program leader training Sept 2013“Diabetes Self-Management”

Developed by Stanford University, this workshop is effective in helping people learn to better manage their diabetes and live healthier lives. You will learn to create weekly, personalized action plans that will lead to attaining goals through small, workable steps. Read more about this workshop.

Free workshop in June!

A free workshop will be held for six weeks beginning on June 17, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the YMCA of Greenfield, open to anyone of any age with diabetes or pre-diabetes, as well as caregivers or family. To pre-register, contact 413-773-5555 x2297 or 978-544-2259 x2297 via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tai Chi

“Tai Chi for Healthy Aging”

Classes consist of simplified Tai Chi exercises adapted to the physical abilities of the group. You will learn to improve balance and general physical functioning, decrease the fear of falling, reduce pain, and achieve greater relaxation. This program has been researched and proven to reduce the risk of falls by 55%. Read more about this workshop.

Take control!

Improve your health and quality of life with help from Healthy Living today. Caregivers and loved ones of elders and persons with disabilities are also welcome to attend these workshops.

You can also be trained to become a volunteer Healthy Living leader and co-lead workshops in your own community.

For more information about Healthy Living or to register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Andi Waisman, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, at 413-773-5555 x2297 or 978-544-2259 x2297 via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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