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Healthy Living

Stay Healthy, Stay Independent, Save Money and Make New Friends! 

Local Resources Help You Stay Healthy and Avoid Costly Medical Bills. 

You have control over many things that can improve your health and reduce the possibility of costly, unexpected medical expenses. Attend any of our evidenced-based workshops to learn how you can manage everything from preventing falls to managing chronic conditions. 

Trained facilitators from the ADRC and our community partners lead fun, informal, interactive workshops throughout Barron, Rusk and Washburn counties. 

E-mail Peggy Schmidt, call her 1-888-538-3031 or search our Event Calendar for the latest information about current workshops. 

Regularly Scheduled Workshops Include:

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Gain control with goal-setting, action plans, and support from peers. Topics include: 
  • Dealing with fatigue and pain 
  • Healthy eating 
  • Better sleep 
  • Medication management 
  • Effective communication with provider 
  • Evaluating treatment options 
Session Details 
  • Once a week 
  • Two and ½ hour sessions 
  • Six weeks 

Healthy Living with Diabetes

Increase confidence and develop techniques to manage symptoms and improve blood sugar readings. Learn about: 
  • Incorporating physical activity 
  • Healthy eating strategies 
  • Dealing with difficult emotions 
  • Stress-reduction techniques 
  • Preventing complications 
Session Details 
  • Once a week 
  • Two and ½ hour sessions 
  • Six weeks 

Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder!

This program is designed to help women learn how to take control of their bowel and bladder health. Learn how to prevent or improve symptoms without medicine or surgery! Participate in the free, online course here!

Stepping On: Falls Prevention

Learn simple strength and balance exercises to help prevent future falls. Interact with guest experts on many topics relating to falls, like: 
  • Vision 
  • Medication side effects 
  • Footwear 
  • Home safety 
  • Winter weather 
  • Community safety 
  • Vitamin D and calcium intake 
Session Details 
  • Once a week 
  • Two hour sessions 
  • Seven weeks 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Helps caregivers learn to take care better of themselves while caring for a spouse, family member, or friend. Learn to: 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Improve self-confidence 
  • Communicate feelings 
  • Increase ability to make tough decisions 
  • Locate helpful local resources 
Session Details 
  • Once a week 
  • Two-hour sessions 
  • Six weeks 

Support Groups

Caregivers and family members often benefit from the opportunity to share and learn from others experiencing similar concerns. Find current information about local support groups in your county’s Resource Directory or contact the ADRC