Program and event topics span a full range of subjects for people of all ages and at all stages of life – from disease prevention to breastfeeding to safe driving for seniors – all designed to promote active, healthy lifestyles or prevent injury. Current and past programs have focused on stress reduction, heart health, diseases and disorders, nutrition and exercise, babysitting skills, children’s safety and more.
AARP® Safe Driving Program
Given by Baird Morgan, in partnership with AARP®, this driver safety class teaches the participant how to adjust their driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Students also learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. Many insurance companies provide a discount to AARP® graduates.
Alzheimer's Awareness Classes
These classes are given in partnership with the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association. Current classes are Basics of Memory Loss; Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease; and Healthier Habits for a Healthier You. These classes focus on the basic facts of this disease including information of the detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and resources. Research into the areas of diet and nutrition are also discussed along with exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Use of hands-on tools to help the attendee incorporate recommendations into a plan for healthy aging is also discussed.
Couch to 5k
This nationally recognized program is designed for those who have been leading an inactive lifestyle, but want to start being active. The attendee trains three days a week for 30-minute sessions over nine weeks in preparation to run or power walk successfully in a 5k race (3.1 miles). Participants are assigned a coach who will give individualized attention and feedback to their training.
This class is designed to provide information to participants on major areas of wellness. Currently, the class is given in five separate sessions. Two of the sessions focus on nutrition information given by a registered nurse and a dietitian. The third session discusses the effects of stress and insomnia on sleep. The fourth is devoted to a healthy cooking demonstration by a chef and the last is taught on fitness by a trainer with a master’s degree in physical education. The key focus or mission of this course is to provide its participants with sound health education so that they will be motivated to pursue further resources in the community to assist them with positive behavior change regarding their health.
Lower Your Stress the Write Way
Presented by Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA, Certified Instructor through the Center for Journal Therapy, this hands-on workshop provides the participant with writing and doodling tools to help them manage stressful situations and long-term worry. Many techniques take as little as five minutes.
Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
A discussion of minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery is discussed by Dr. William A. Lightheart, orthopaedic surgeon, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic. The key points covered include the benefits of this surgery that include faster and less painful recovery and rehabilitation, less damage to surrounding muscle and tissue, shorter hospital stays, and long-lasting, durable joints.
Modern Advances in Joint Replacement
Given by Dr. Eric Marsh, orthopaedic surgeon, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, a discussion of current treatments for arthritis of the hip and knee are presented. Dr. Marsh will also talk about the anterior approach hip replacement surgery and provides a demonstration of computer assisted knee replacement. Those interested in seeing if this kind of surgery may be right for them are encouraged to attend.
Peace & Calm in Chaos
This three-part class is given by Bonnie Olson, a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach and includes presentations on how and why meditation works and includes such topics as grounding and centering exercises, basic and guided meditation, ways to manage our thoughts, and mastering emotions.
Peace and Calm in Chaos: Your Journey—Discover Your Inspiring Story
Given by Bonnie Olsen, this class invites the participant to find a new perspective on their own life story, summoning them to see that events that have brought about misery can, in turn, become our greatest gift. The participant is taught to view that our most difficult times can become our gateways to learn and grow.
Designed for 11 to 13 year olds, Safe Sitter® is a two-day course that trains children to become safe and nurturing babysitters for younger children. This course covers such topics as: preventing injuries, child care essentials, injury management, preventing problem behavior, and infant and child choking and rescue breathing skills.
Speak Up Be Safe®
Speak Up Be Safe® is a school-based child abuse prevention education program that focuses on child safety and child abuse prevention. This research-based curriculum, developed by the Childhelp organization, is an updated version of the well-known “Good Touch, Bad Touch” program which provided safety instruction and information for grade school children who may encounter abusive or potentially abusive situations. Speak Up Be Safe® gives updated instruction on these important issues and further addresses current topics, such as cyber-bullying and internet safety.
Tai Chi for Beginners
This six-part course, given by Laurie Knauer, Certified in Dr. Lam Tai Chi, teaches this ancient practice that is slow, continuous and safe for all levels of fitness. The benefits of practicing Tai Chi include reduced stress, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation, and improved overall mind, body and spirit.
A wide variety of information, education, support and services is available through support groups and organizations within the Rutland community. The staff in the Community Education and Social Work Departments is available to help you learn about and access those resources appropriate for your needs.