WEST CHESTER — Chester County Hospital is offering free virtual wellness classes.
Registrants will receive a direct link via e-mail to join the class, along with instructions on how to download and participate through the online platform.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions through their computer or smart device’s video camera, microphone, or through the platform’s chat function. Video is not required.
The lineup of classes:
•Your Heart. Your Life. (May 18 from 3:45-4:45 PM) – Knowing the subtle, early warning signs of heart disease can save your life. Learn from a cardiologist what these signs and symptoms are, what they may mean, and what actions you should take to prevent a cardiac event.
•Inside the Mind of a Pain Doctor: Understanding the Basics of Pain (May 28 from 5-6 PM) – The treatment of patients with chronic pain can often be difficult and challenging. Patient-physician communication is a critical first step in effective pain management. This discussion will explore our current understanding of pain and how pain doctors approach pain using various treatment methods. Commonly asked questions related to topics such as opioid therapy and medical marijuana will also be addressed.
•Eat Right, Bite by Bite (May 20 from 6:30-7:30 PM) – Every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Learn how to make small dietary changes to improve your health. A registered dietitian will introduce you to probiotics, plant-based swaps, spices, superfoods, and more.
•A Mindful Way to Healthy Eating (June 16 from 6:30-7:30 PM) – Mindful eating is a powerful tool to gain control of your eating habits. This practice can help you feed your body with what it is asking for, often times resulting in weight loss and reducing yo-yo dieting and binge-eating. Come and learn how mindful eating can help you set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating.
•Steady As You Go: Fall Prevention Program (June 17 from 11 AM-12 PM) – Prevention is the best way to avoid the injuries and other problems often related to falls. But accidents can happen despite the best-laid plans. Learn from a Physical Therapist proven and practical ways to help you decrease your risk for falls and maintain your independence.
•Bones and Joints (June 18 from 6:30-8 PM) – Join a board-certified orthopedic surgeon to learn about the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatments for joint pain. These include medications, injections, small incision joint replacement, and other state-of-the-art advancements. A physical rehabilitation specialist will also be on hand to offer suggestions for how to stay strong to alleviate joint pain.
•Reversing Pre-Diabetes (May 13 and July 8 from 6-7:30 PM) – More than 88 million Americans have pre-diabetes. This program teaches you how to change your lifestyle and reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
•Stop Smoking Now! (Series: June 4-July 16 on Thursdays from 6:30-8 PM) – Education, behavior modification, and relaxation techniques help participants become nonsmokers during this free seven-week smoking cessation program. Once registered, arrangements will be made for participants to receive their program materials. Discounted nicotine patches also available.
•Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions – Staff from Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery discuss the latest surgical options for people with obesity seeking effective weight loss treatment. Call 215-615-7500 or click here for information.
•Coping with Cancer and COVID-19 (May 14 and June 11 from 11 AM-12:30 PM and May 28 from 3:30-5:00 PM) – This supportive, professionally facilitated group is here to provide a safe space where cancer patients and their loved ones can connect, share, and learn from one another as they cope with cancer and the impact of COVID-19. Join for one, some, or all four sessions. For more information or to register, call Brittany Fols at 610-738-2867.
•Lunch & Learn Series for Oncology Patients – Eat your lunch while enjoying presentations from professionals on varying topics of interest including: Nutrition, Mindfulness & Mental Strategies, Yoga, Beauty, Art, Joy & Gratitude, and Exercise. This series is for all oncology patients, newly diagnosed through survivorship. For more information or to register, call Brittany Fols at 610-738-2867.
•Struggles and Solutions (May 11 and June 8 from 5:15-6:15 PM) – A registered dietitian will lead a discussion on an interesting, timely, and immediately useful topic about food, activity, and wellness. Program provides ideas and encouragement for anyone on a journey to lose weight or begin to live a healthier lifestyle.
•Living with Heart Failure (May 14 from 2-3 PM and June 11 from 2-3 PM) – If you or a loved one live with chronic heart failure, join others who also deal with this issue and learn important information from Chester County Hospital’s Heart Failure Team representatives to help you avoid hospitalizations and live a longer, fuller life.
•Diabetes Support Group (May 26 from 1-2 PM and June 23 from 1-2 PM) – This monthly support group is for individuals living with the day-to-day challenges of diabetes. You and your family members can join for ongoing support, share your experience with others, and receive updates in diabetes management.
•Moms Supporting Moms (May 14 and June 11 from 7-8:30 PM) – Facilitated by a maternal mental health specialist, this group provides moms an opportunity to meet other new moms, share ideas and experiences, and to be part of a caring network of support. Express your joys and fears of caring for your newborn and raising a family, while offering ideas for how to take care of your emotional health, too. Your children and mom-friends are all welcome.
•Breastfeeding Support Group (June 6 from 1-2 PM and May 18 and June 15 from 11 AM-12 PM) – Talk with other moms, and share your breastfeeding experiences in a non-judgmental environment. Board-certified lactation consultants will provide support and share information.