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Healthy Living

healthy images photo montageHealthy Living workshops and programs are for people with one or more chronic health conditions. In an engaging, supportive environment, workshop attendees and program participants gain the confidence to become more active managers of their health. Workshops and programs are free of charge but offer the opportunity to donate. Workshops normally take place throughout the year at convenient locations in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, but are currently being offered remotely. Caregivers and loved ones are welcome to attend. Programs are also remote.

Workshops offered by the Healthy Living program:

  • My Life, My Health: Living Well with Long-Term Health Conditions: Provides information and practical skills that build self-confidence and help participants assume an active role in managing one or more chronic conditions. Topics include healthy eating, relaxation techniques, communicating with health professionals and loved ones, goal-setting, and problem solving.

  • Chronic Pain Self-Management: Provides information and practical skills that build self- confidence and help participants assume an active role in managing problems specific to chronic pain, including fatigue, frustration, and poor sleep. Topics include appropriate exercise for improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; pain management techniques; goal-setting; and problem solving.

  • Diabetes Self-Management: Provides information and practical skills that build self- confidence and help participants assume an active role in managing problems specific to diabetes. Topics include techniques to deal with hyper/hypoglycemia, appropriate use of medication, healthy eating, goal-setting, and problem solving.

  • A Matter of Balance — Managing Concerns About Falls: Teaches practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling and explores environmental risk factors and exercises that increase strength and balance.

  • Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults: Based on the USDA “My Plate” guidelines, “Healthy Eating” teaches nutrition basics, including label-reading, meal planning and management of dietary patterns, while encouraging self-assessment, goal-setting, and problem solving.

  • EnhanceWellness Coaching: A 6-month behavior change program that offers one-on-one coaching for people with long-term health conditions to identify health risks and create a personalized health action plan.

Find a calendar of upcoming Healthy Living workshops.

Request more information about Healthy Living workshops.

Read a testimonial about how our Healthy Living program changes lives.

All of our workshops are evidence-based, using curriculum shared by groups throughout the country.

Healthy Living Program Manager Andi Waisman will provide you with answers to your questions, help you decide which workshop or program is best suited for you, and help you overcome barriers to your participation. To speak with Andi about the Healthy Living Program, call 413-773-5555 x2297 or 978-544-2259 x2297, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Volunteer workshop leaders are always needed!

Contact Regional Healthy Living Program Coordinator Andi Waisman via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 413-773-5555 x 2297 or 978-544-2259 x 2297 for more information on becoming a leader. 

Feb 2018 AVS Gale Mason Healthy Living photo with Andi Waisman for WEBGale Mason, left, talks with Healthy Living Program Director Andi Waisman, right. “The workshop is focused on small steps. You take small steps to reach your big goals,” says Gale. “I offer people the skills to make those changes themselves.” Read about Gale's experience as a Healthy Living volunteer here.

Healthy Living Leader description:

  • Possesses good verbal communication, reading and interpersonal skills
  • Willing to lead a small group
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of participant information at all times
  • Enthusiastic and dependable
  • Treats everyone with respect
  • Able to perform low-intensity endurance exercises 
  • Able to attend one half-day to four full days of leader training, depending on the program
  • Able to facilitate a group in Franklin County or the North Quabbin region
  • Must prepare for each class and be well-organized
  • Must administer participant evaluations in a confidential manner
  • Must promote socialization and a participatory environment
  • Education/facilitation experience a plus, but not necessary

Download the Healthy Living brochure (PDF)
Additional Healthy Living Resources