SVHC to Offer Healthier Living Workshops: You CAN Live Well with a Long-Term Illness


Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558
BENNINGTON— Do you have a chronic health condition that is affecting your life? Would you like to change your life for the better? Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Wellness Connection, along with the Vermont Blueprint for Health, is offering a free six-week workshop for those interested in self-managing one or more long-term health conditions.
            The next class begins Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the Walloomsac Apartments on School St. in Bennington, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A second class will be on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northshire Campus of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Rte. 7A in Manchester Center..
Learn how to take charge of your condition; communicate better with your healthcare providers and friends and family; stay optimistic; cope with frustrations; manage your pain; de-stress and relax; beat fatigue; and reduce feelings of depression.
Those with long-term diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, emphysema, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or persistent pain are encouraged to attend.
Participants should plan on attending all six sessions. Family members and friends are also welcome. Workshop leaders have a chronic illness themselves and use humor and compassion to teach new skills for living well with a long-term illness. The course also covers appropriate use of medications, tips for improved nutrition, and how to evaluate new health treatments.
People who have completed the workshop report less stress, more confidence, higher energy levels and fewer trips to the doctor’s office. The workshop is free for Vermont residents. Call (802) 447-5076 to register, for more information or for upcoming class schedules and locations.
The Wellness Connection is a community outreach service of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) that offers an ongoing schedule of health forums, classes, and screenings. SVHC is a community-based, not-for-profit charitable organization that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves. Find out more at