Free ‘Healthy Living Workshop’ available soon in Gallia

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RIO GRANDE — Live in Gallia County or surrounding communities? Do you or someone you know have long-term health challenges such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other life-long health conditions? Would you like to gain confidence and new skills to manage your chronic conditions and feel healthier?

“Healthy U” is a program made possible by a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Aging and the Area Agency on Aging District 7. In the workshop that will soon be offered in Gallia County, the AAA7 is partnering with First Holzer Apartments to offer this special evidence-based healthy aging program to local residents.

Participants in the Healthy U program will gain needed support in addition to a number of other benefits including:

• Learning practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and depression

• Discovering ways to be more physically active

• Learning how to eat healthier

• Learning better ways to talk with your physician and family about your health

• Setting personal goals

• Finding ways to relax and deal with stress

The free six-week workshop will be offered at First Holzer Apartments, 553 Second Ave., Gallipolis. Sessions over the six-week period will be July 27 to Aug. 31. Each session will be 1-3:30 p.m. Those participating should attend all six sessions. For those who register, anyone who attends at least four classes will be entered into a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card.

Healthy U is open to anyone 60 and older or enrollees with OPERS non-Medicare Medical Mutual. Participants in Healthy U can represent individuals with any of the conditions mentioned previously, be a caregiver of someone with these conditions, or be someone who simply wants to learn more about healthy living.

Pre-registration for Healthy U is required by calling Breanna Williams at the AAA7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, extension 22247, or Carla Cox at extension 22284. Class size is limited, so those who are interested should call soon. Deadline to register is July 22nd.

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