Fall Healthier Living Workshop Helps Patients Manage Chronic Pain

September 27, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—September 27, 2016—Living with a chronic pain is never easy or straightforward. The Healthier Living Workshop—a free, fun, and interactive six-week educational program in southern Vermont—can help patients manage symptoms and gain skills to live their best life possible every day.

Registration for the fall session is open now. The workshop is scheduled 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursdays, October 6, 13, and 20 and November 3, 10, and 17 at Equinox Village at 49 Maple Street, Manchester Center, VT. Sessions are confidential, and family and supportive friends are welcome.

The Healthier Living Workshops were created by Stanford University and are sponsored through a grant from the Vermont Blueprint for Health. Certified leaders offer sessions packed with ideas participants can use to stay optimistic; cope with loss, frustrations, and fear; manage pain; de-stress, relax, and beat fatigue; reduce depression; and improve self-confidence. Participants set their own goals, and learn to improve communication with medical team members and loved ones, increase activity, improve nutrition, feel better, and take an active role in their care.

Participants also make valuable connections with others coping with similar challenges and receive a free resource book and relaxation CD that offer even more information about the topics discussed. Many who’ve taken the workshop have called them “truly life-changing.” Those interested in attending should contact Kathy Dockum, regional coordinator, at 802-440-4098 or kathy.dockum@svhealthcare.org.


Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.