Health Briefs

New Hunyuan Chen style Taiji Quan starts Jan. 8

DUMMERSTON >> Beginner's Hunyuan Taiji Quan is a 14-week series that introduces the principles of alignment, balance, correct movement, and qi (vital energy) cultivation. Each week participants will learn a new movement of the Hunyuan 12 movement taiji quan form. Through dedicated practice, students will complete the form by the end of the series. Participants will also learn chan si gong (silk reeling) exercises to help open and relax the joints while simultaneously nourishing the vital qi and blood of the body. All are foundational practices to re-condition the mind/body connection, deepening one's capacity to relax, release stress, improve balance, and build core strength.

The class will be held at the Dummerston Grange and will meet every Friday from 9 to 10:20 a.m. starting Jan. 8. The cost is $250 for 14 weeks. To register, visit or email

Classes will be taught by Thomas Garbarino licensed acupuncturist, practitioner of taiji quan and qigong.

Communication of the heart

BRATTLEBORO >> In this interactive and educational workshop led by Robin White of Refilling Your Well Wellness Center, attendees will be guided through a series of exercises and activities to help deepen self-awareness, recognize thought and behavior patterns, improve listening skills, and find more effective ways to communicate with loved ones.

Communication of the Heart workshop is based on the principles of "every action being an attempt to meet needs" and "feelings point to needs being met or unmet." It is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Retreat's Education Conference Center.

This educational and experiential community forum is free and open to all. While registration is not required, it is desired for planning purposes. To learn more or register, email Alysabeth at, or call 802-258-4359.

This is a program of Wellness in Windham Health Education, a collaborative effort of the Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Grace Cottage Hospital to provide health and wellness programming to residents of Windham County, Vermont and the surrounding region.

Advance care directives

BELLOWS FALLS >> On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Taking Steps Brattleboro is offering "It's Really About Love," an informational session on Advanced Care Directives at the Rockingham Library.

Taking Steps Brattleboro trains volunteers to support and guide people through the process of advance care planning. This is a free service to all members of the community.

Joanna Rueter MSW, the Coordinator of Taking Steps Brattleboro will discuss: Why every adult needs an advanced care directive; how to fill out an advance care directive; the key decisions that need to be made; why this is really about love; and any questions that come up.

Rueter has personally experienced the importance of having this paperwork done. She is a Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning certified Facilitator and Instructor.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email, visit or stop by the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. You can also call 802-460-1162, ext. 101, for information about Taking Steps Brattleboro.

A project of Brattleboro Area Hospice, Taking Steps Brattleboro reaches into the community through partnerships, community outreach and education to encourage and support all to complete and register advance directive documents in the interest of better end of life care and support. Many of us know we need to complete our advance directives, but we put it off. If a serious illness or accident leaves one unable to communicate, an advance directive becomes their voice. It tells loved ones and healthcare providers what that person would want. An advance directive is a gift for loved ones. It prevents people from the heart-rending burden of having to second-guess loved one's wishes.

Brattleboro Area Hospice is an independent, non-profit organization that provides non-medical support to dying and grieving community members and volunteer-staffed assistance with Advance Care Planning. BAH is 100-percent locally funded, provides services free of charge, and is located at 191 Canal Street in Brattleboro. Visit or call 802-257-0775 or local to Bellows Falls 802-460-1162, ext. 101, for information about Taking Steps Brattleboro.

Teens and prescription abuse

PUTNEY >> Did you know that 1 in 20 Windham County high-school students reported they had misused a prescription pain reliever or stimulant in the past 30 days?

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition in partnership with Putney Family Services and Putney Central School is offering a presentation to build awareness, to educate and to equip teens and adults with credible information about teen prescription drug misuse and abuse and effective strategies to take action to help prevent it.

The presentation will be held at Putney Central School on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered. Teens and adults will be presented to separately.

Nurse is in

WALPOLE, N.H. >> A Wellness nurse from Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services will be available at a Nurse Is In clinic in Walpole, Friday, Jan. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Applewood Senior Housing.

No appointment is necessary, and the service is provided free of charge to residents of all ages. For more information, call 603-352-2253 or 1-800-541-4145, or visit

The nurse will also be in Charlestown, at the Senior Center, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, at the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at the Alstead Fire Station on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Tobacco cessation support group

TOWNSHEND >> Ready to give up tobacco? Get the tools and encouragement you need with the Vermont Quit Partners program at Grace Cottage. Free nicotine replacement products are available to any Vermont resident enrolled in this program.

This free support group will be held on four consecutive Mondays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd. Terri Kneipp, the Tobacco Program Coordinator at BMH, will lead the group. To register, call Terri at 802-251-8456.


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