Email to a friend    Printer Friendly Page

Talk with a health educator - MaineHealth Learning Resource Center

 Community Education 


Below is a listing for our Winter/Spring 2016 class schedule.
Registration is required for all classes. Please call 743-1562 x6896 to register for any upcoming class.

Stay on the Path to Good Health!
Looking for a way to motivate yourself and others?  Now is the perfect time to start walking! Don’t let winter weather put a chill on your activity goals.  Find fitness, friends and fun with this indoor walking program.  In this program, you will enjoy the benefits of walking and staying active during the cold winter months. This class is for all walking levels. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and join us for the health of it.
Every Tuesday Starting on January 5 -May 3, 2016 4:45-5:45pm
Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
(Main Street, South Paris)
Registration Required. Cost:  FREE

Maggie’s Nature Park Snowshoe Hike
Hiking isn’t just for the summer months! Join our expert instructor Eric Rathbun for a guided snowshoe adventure at Maggie’s Nature Park, Greenwood, Maine.  Maggie’s Nature Park is a network of easy and moderate trails through a variety of forest types that provide several great views of the surrounding area from open ledges.  This easy and moderate 3.2 mile snowshoe hike offers the opportunity to have some winter fun and exercise through a wintry landscape.  Participants should have some prior hiking or snowshoeing experience. Please NOTE: Limited availability and conditions permitting.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:00 am
Maggie’s Nature Park Trailhead
Registration Required (Limited Availability)
Cost: FREE

Understanding Dizziness
Is your world spinning?  Are you dizzy when you move your head or your body?  Are you having trouble walking or moving your body because you are dizzy? Vertigo is a common problem that causes dizziness, especially among older adults.  Join Amy Bottomley, a physical therapist (PT) from Stephens Memorial Hospital, for an hour long class on vertigo, including common causes and ways to help.  Amy has her doctorate in PT and is certified in vestibular rehabilitation from the American Institute of Balance.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost:  FREE

Importance of Colonoscopies
Among cancers that affect both men and women; Colon Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States.  Thanks to an increase in screenings, there are more survivors than ever before. Join Dr. Eric Osborne as he discusses the latest in screenings, diagnostic tools, and treatment options.  A light refreshment will be provided.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016  5:30 – 6:30 pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost:  FREE

Dash Diet
Eating Healthy to Control Your Blood Pressure
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  The DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that’s designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension).  The DASH diet encourages you to reduce the sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure.  Join Stephens Memorial Hospital’s registered dietitian Pat Watson to learn more about this eating plan while sampling delicious, low-sodium, heart-healthy recipes.
Thursday, March 31, 2016  5:30-7:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Bread Making Basics
Are you having a hard time reading the ingredient list in the bread aisle? You are not alone. Commercially made breads are filled with unwanted and unhealthy ingredients. If you are looking for simple, healthy recipes for delicious homemade bread, this is the class for you. All you need is four ingredients and a little bit of time.  Join Sarah Carter Hill who is a Community Nutrition Educator for SNAP-Ed with UNE and Program Coordinator at Healthy Oxford Hills, a project of Stephen’s Memorial Hospital for this fun and informative class.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 5:30-7:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Living Well for Better Health
(Nationally Recognized Program)
Interactive workshop series held for 2 hours, once a week, for six weeks. Adults with any kind of health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, weight concerns, or any other ongoing health problem can attend. Family members or friends are encouraged to attend as well.
Join Robin Green, LSCW and Sharon Nightingale to learn new ways to deal with issues such as fatigue, pain, anxious feelings, sadness or depression. You’ll also learn appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance… how to eat healthier…. how to evaluate new treatments….. how to be a member of your healthcare team….. how to set goals…. plan for your future, and much more.
Coffee and muffins will be provided.
Tuesdays starting April 5 – May 10, 2016
9:00 am-11:00 am
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Living with Arthritis
Learn strategies to manage arthritis of your hands, hips, knees and more.  Join an Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist from Stephens Memorial Hospital as they teach you exercises and joint protection strategies to help you move better and with less pain.  A light refreshment will be provided.
Tuesday, April, 12, 2016  4:00-5:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Bring on the Beans
Cooking beans at home is a simple way to save money and provide the focus for many healthy meals — and requires little effort! Beans are easy to keep on hand and on the shelf, so you can quickly put together everything from basic beans and rice (seasoned differently in different cultures) to soups, salads, dips and spreads.  Beans deliver flavor, fiber and protein, plus, they’re satisfying and super affordable. Join Wendy Dillon, RN and Patti-Ann Douglas, RN for this fun and informative class. Both Wendy and Patti-Ann share a passion for healthy eating and for learning how the foods we eat affect our health.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 4:30-6:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Skin Cancer Protection, Signs and Treatment
Join Chuck Martin, M.Ed., CAGS for this program which will provide information on skin cancer protection, signs and treatment options. Hand-outs and samples of sunscreen will be available for participants.  For those interested, the DermaScan will be available, which is a non-invasive tool for showing skin damage and the positive effects that sunscreen has on protecting the skin.  This program is not designed to diagnose skin cancer; however, a list of local dermatologists will be made available to participants.  Chuck is a melanoma survivor and health educator who continues to educate people in the Oxford Hills area with information on skin cancer and prevention.
Monday, May 9, 2016  6:30-7:30pm
Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Building (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Taking Charge of your Health
Planning Ahead with Advanced Directives!
What are Advanced Directives? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time such as “terminal illness” or “permanent unconsciousness”. It’s not something that we like to think about, but the Advanced Directives give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on.  Join Stephens Memorial Hospital’s licensed clinical social worker, Robin Green for a discussion on the importance of Advanced Directives along with other ways to make your healthcare wishes known ahead of time.  Light refreshments will be provided. 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5:30-7:00pm
Harper Conference Center (193 Main Street, Norway)
Registration Required. Cost: FREE

Community Health Classes - Listing for all Mainehealth locations






181 Main Street, Norway, Maine 04268 | (207) 743-5933, TTY (for the hearing impaired): (207) 743-1597