Coalition Offers Free Classes
The coalition THRIVES (Teaming for Health and Resiliency Improvement Via Education and Support) continues to offer evidence-based free classes in Waupaca.
- The first class, which is underway, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, teaches helpful strategies for anyone with a chronic health problem to better manage symptoms and make healthy changes. The class is currently full but will be offered again in the spring.
- Another class is designed to help people with diabetes learn valuable skills to better manage the disease. Healthy Living with Diabetes is a research proven, peer led workshop that promotes self-management skills for people living with diabetes. The class is offered from 9-11:30 a.m. for six consecutive Thursdays starting Oct. 1.
- A class for caregivers helps them understand the importance of taking care of themselves as they face the task of caring for the health and well-being of a loved one. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program to help caregivers, whether they are taking care of a parent, spouse, child or friend, learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Classes meet from 5:30 to 7p.m.for six consecutive Thursdays starting Oct. 8.
- The last class this fall is Stepping On, which teaches exercises and strategies to prevent falls from happening. Participants who have taken this class are shown to have 50 percent fewer falls. Classes meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for seven consecutive Tuesdays starting Oct. 6.
All THRIVES-sponsored classes are held in the Maasch Education Center in the 902 Building located on the ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca campus. Class size is limited and at least eight participants are needed. Pre-registration is required. To register, call ThedaCare Central Scheduling: 920-738-6521 option 1 or visit the ThedaCare website at www.thedacare.org.
The THRIVES coalition is a group of agencies working together to offer educational and supportive workshops to help all members of the community. Classes are offered in the fall and spring.
For more information on the THRIVES workshops, contact the ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca Health and Wellness Department at (715) 258-1183 or Waupaca Senior Center at (715) 258-4437.
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,800 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 35 clinics in 14 counties. It is the first health care organization in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with Northeast Wisconsin’s only level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. Construction of ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton and ThedaCare Medical Center – Shawano is underway. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.