ILCHV hosts a variety of health and wellness programs, including both formal and informal groups, classes and workshops. Recent offerings include:
- Prevent Type 2 for All, a weekly class for people who are at risk of developing Diabetes. Each class focuses on an aspect of healthy eating and increased physical exercise, with attention focusing on living a healthy lifestyle with a disability.
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a six week class for people living with a disability. This program covers topic such as techniques to deal with problems associated with chronic disease, appropriate exercise, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, and, how to evaluate new treatments. Taught by peers (others with chronic conditions), the classes teach participants how to take control over their health care.
- Smoking cessation classes and individual one on one support. Individuals meet in small groups with a facilitator to learn techniques to stop smoking.
- Single session events such as health fairs, wheelchair Zumba, exercise, meditation, yoga and other classes based upon request.
- Summer art workshop series. Each summer, with the support of an artist, participants learn techniques to produce a work of art. Previous projects have included felting, collage, weaving, photography, and memoir writing.
If you want more information on wellness programs, call ILCHV and speak to Barbara Devore, Director of Development.