BMH offers free self-management workshops for healthier living

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BRATTLEBORO >> This spring, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering three self-management workshops to give individuals new tools to deal with chronic health issues and live a fuller, healthier life. All of the workshops are free and open to the public.

The first program, Tobacco Cessation Workshop is for anyone over 18 ready to quit smoking. Your 802Quits Partner will help you get ready to quit with advice and support that works for your needs. Free nicotine replacement therapy available for Vermont residents. The workshop meets at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – noon or 4:30–5:30 p.m.. There will be an additional two community workshops offered by BMH with pre-registration required: one at Grace Cottage Hospital running April 4-25 and one at Parks Place running April 5-26, both will be from 5-6 p.m.. For more information call 802-251-8456.

The second program, Healthier Living with Diabetes, starts April 21 at Melrose Terrace and will run for six weeks, two and half hours each week. The program focuses on helping people manage their diabetes and improve their own health by providing tools to deal with nutrition, difficult emotions, physical fitness, and communication. Registration is required as space is limited.

The third program, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshop series is scheduled on April 15 (3-8 p.m.), April 16 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.), and April 17 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) in Bellows Falls. This free, 3-session workshop provides support for those dealing with mental health issues, helps you develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan, deal with stress, build self-esteem/self-confidence, develop/keep support systems and much more. Registration is required as space is limited.

"These programs change lives by giving individuals skills to become active managers of their lives again, even when dealing with chronic health conditions," says Terri Kneipp, Blueprint Program Coordinator on the BMH Community Health Team. "Watching people become more confident and engaged in life again are two of the best outcomes a facilitator may be lucky enough to witness when conducting a workshop. With these workshops, I witness these outcomes all the time!"

For more information and to register, call the BMH Community Health Team at 802-257-8867 or visit the CHT online at www.bmhvt.org.


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