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Below is a listing for our Fall 2016 class schedule.
Registration is required for all classes. Please call 743-1562 x6896 to register for any upcoming class.

Gentle Yoga- Yoga for Wellness & Balance
Join Kat Larsen, Registered Yoga teacher & Mentor for a Gentle Yoga class including breathing practices, movement & led meditation. Learn practices that can be done both on & off the mat. This is an introductory/level one class- All are welcome! Please bring a yoga mat, a cushion or blanket to sit on, a bottle of water & wear comfortable clothing. Yoga brings ease & well-being for body and mind. See you on the mat!
Dates: Monday, September 12, 2016 from 9:00-11:00am
       Monday, October 3, 2016 from 9:00-11am
       Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 9:00-11am
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required
Cost: FREE

Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls
This program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Join Sheila Buckland for this program which consists of 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent.
Date: Wednesdays, September 14 – November 2, 2016 from 9:00-11:00am
Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Building (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required.  For more information please contact SMH Physical Rehabilitation Department at 207-744-6160.
Cost: 10.00

Taking Charge of your Health by Planning Ahead with Advanced Directives!
What are Advanced Directives? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time such as "terminal illness" or "permanent unconsciousness”. It’s not something that we like to think about, but the Advanced Directives give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on.  Join Stephens Memorial Hospital’s licensed clinical social worker, Robin Green for a discussion on the importance of Advanced Directives along with other ways to make your healthcare wishes known ahead of time. 
Dates: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8:00am-12:00pm
            Friday, October 21, 2016 from 8:00am-12pm
            Friday, November 18, 2016 from 8:00am-12pm
            Friday, December 16, 2016 from 8:00am-12pm
William L. Medd, MD Health Center (James Eshleman Conference Room)  (8 Pikes Hill, Norway)
No Registration Required/Welcome to just walk in!
Cost: FREE

“A better way to get patient centered prenatal care”.
Western Maine OBGYN is bringing “Centering” to Prenatal (pregnancy) care. This is an exciting model of pregnancy care that will help specifically address the issues of our patients and our community.
How Centering Works
Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, of which 6 are centering visits 90 minutes to two hours long - giving women 10x more time with their provider. Moms engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data. This includes private time with their provider for belly check and addressing personal concerns.
CenteringPregnancy® brings 8-10 women all due at the same time together for their care. Providing care in this way allows moms and providers to relax and get to know each other on a much deeper and meaningful level. Members of the group form lasting friendships and are connected in ways not possible in traditional care.
This meeting will help introduce this concept to our community and answer any questions or concerns. We hope that attendees will also share recommendations of what they would like to see included in our programming.
Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 5:00pm -7:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required
Cost: FREE

Living Well for Better Health
This is a Nationally Recognized, interactive workshop series held for 2 hours, once a week, for six weeks. Adults with any kind of health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, weight concerns, or any other ongoing health problem can attend. Family members or friends are encouraged to attend as well.
Join Robin Green, LSCW to learn new ways to deal with issues such as fatigue, pain, anxious feelings, sadness or depression. You’ll also learn appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance… how to eat healthier…. how to evaluate new treatments….. how to be a member of your healthcare team….. how to set goals…. plan for your future, and much more.
Coffee and muffins will be provided.
Date:  Tuesdays starting October 4 – November 8, 2016 from 9:00am-11:00am
Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Building (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required
Cost: FREE

Getting Back to Nature Hike
Join Carl Costanzi of 5210 Let's Go! Oxford County for a guided hike on Saturday October 22nd starting at 9:00 - 11:00 as he leads you Back to Nature.  During this 3 mile hike through the Virgil Parris Forest Preserve located in Buckfield, ME you will view areas of high value plant and animal habitats, exemplary natural communities; and significant wildlife habitat (for deer, waterfowl and wading birds).  Carl will speak a little about the history of the preserve and the trail systems that provide access to many beautiful sights.  The hike will begin at the South Pond boat launch on the east side of the pond.  We will be hiking up the hill overlooking the pond on a new low-impact trail (as yet unnamed).  The ascent and descent are gradual so the hike is accessible to beginners.  Meet at the Ripley Medical Building parking lot at 8:00 am.
Date:  Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:00-11:00am
(meet at the Ripley Medical Building parking lot at 8am)
Registration Required
Cost:  FREE

Dash Diet – Eating Healthy to Control Your Blood Pressure
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  The DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that’s designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension).  The DASH diet encourages you to reduce the sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure.  Join Stephens Memorial Hospital’s registered dietitian Pat Watson to learn more about this eating plan while sampling delicious, low-sodium, heart-healthy recipes.
Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 10:00-11:30am
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required
Cost: FREE

Cooking Matters Pop-Up Tour
Eating healthy on a limited budget has its challenges. If you are interested in learning tools and tricks to shop healthy on a budget, join us for our upcoming store tour- right here at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
Sarah Carter, a Community Nutrition Educator with Healthy Oxford Hills, is bringing the grocery store to you with a Cooking Matters Pop-Up Tour. Together we will compare fresh, frozen and canned options, read nutrition labels to make sure we are buying nutrient rich foods, and discuss ways to save money by comparing unit prices.
Date:  Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 5:00-6:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required
Cost: FREE

Understanding Dizziness
Is your world spinning?  Are you dizzy when you move your head or your body?  Are you having trouble walking or moving your body because you are dizzy? Vertigo is a common problem that causes dizziness, especially among older adults.  Join Amy Bottomley, a physical therapist (PT) from Stephens Memorial Hospital, for an hour long class on vertigo, including common causes and ways to help.  Amy has her doctorate in PT and is certified in vestibular rehabilitation from the American Institute of Balance.  A light refreshment will be provided.
Date:  Monday, November 14, 2016 from 10:00am-11:00am
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required
Cost: FREE

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