Wellness Resources Wellness Classes & Events

Community Health News
November/December 2014
of the Rutland Region
A bi-monthly publication designed to provide health resources to our community
Wellness Classes & Events
Wellness Resources
AARP Smart Driver Safety Course
Vermont Ostomy Group
Breastfeeding Classes – Rutland
November 8 ~ 8am-12:30pm
Rutland Regional Medical Center
CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Ctr.
160 Allen St., Rutland, VT
Presented by: Baird Morgan
Learn how to adjust your driving to age related
changes. Fee for program is $15 for AARP
members and $20 for non-members. Fee is due
by November 1. Checks should be made out to
AARP. Registration is required. To register, visit
www.RRMC.org or call 802.772.2400.
November 18 ~ 5:30-7pm
February 7 ~ 10-11:30am
March 10 ~ 5:30-7pm
Rutland Area Visting Nurse & Hospice
7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT
Facilitated by: Fellow Ostomates with support
of certified Wound Ostomy & Continence
Nurses. This group provides support, education
& information for the person with a bowel and
bladder diversion. Light beverages and snacks
will be provided. There is no cost. For more
information, contact Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN,
CWOCN at 802.770.1682.
For new mothers or women considering
breastfeeding. Information on nursing, pumping,
returning to work & more. Classes are the second
Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm. Call
802.747.3695 to register.
100 Miles in 100 Days Walking Challenge
November 21- March 1
Whether you missed the challenge this past
spring, or you are looking to continue to
challenge yourself, here’s another chance to join
walkers who live or work in Rutland County to
walk one mile every day for 100 days. Walk for
your health, walk for fun, walk for 100 days!
Registration forms can be downloaded at
www.walkrutland.com/100milesreg, or pick up a
packet at your local library.For more information,
email Kim at [email protected]
National Hospice Month
Special Screening of “The Bucket List”
November 2 ~ 6:30pm
Paramount Theatre
Center Street, Rutland, VT
This classic movie is a story of two terminally ill
men who head off on a road trip with a wish list
of to-dos before they die. Refreshments and a
discussion will follow the film. Hang your own
wish list on the live Rutland Community
Bucket Tree. The Bucket Tree will be planted
within the Rutland community at the end of
hospice month. You can also place your own
bucket list in colourful buckets all around
Rutland. Your list will be added to the tree.
“The Art of Dying” Opening Exhibit
November 7 ~ 5pm
Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland
Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association &
Hospice and Rutland Regional Medical Center
have partnered with the Chaffee Art Center to
present this exhibit.
Various artists come together to display their
works. Opening night will feature the Hospice
Trillium Singers. Refreshments will follow.
The show closes December 5.
Death by Chocolate Death Café
November 16 ~ 3pm
Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland
The international program, Death Café, provides
participants with an opportunity to share in
honest conversations about death, dying, and
loss in a relaxed café atmosphere. Come enjoy
coffee, tea, chocolate, and other refreshments
and join in meaningful conversations guided by
the program organizers.
Commit to Quit! Stop Smoking Program
~ Mondays ~ 4:30-5:30pm
Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen St., Rutland, VT in the Foley Cancer
Center Conference Room
~ Tuesdays ~ 11am-12noon
Rutland Heart Center
12 Commons Street, Rutland, VT
~ Thursdays ~ 9-10am
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Community Education
254 Stratton Road, Suite 4, Rutland, VT
Free patches available. Part of the Vermont Quit
Network. For more information, visit
www.RRMC.org or call 802.747.3768.
Safe Sitter Babysitter Course
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Community Education
For young teens (ages 11-13). Teaches life and
safety skills. Registration required. Fee $60
(scholarships based on need). To register or for
more class options, visit www.RRMC.org or call
Wellness Resources
Vermont 2-1-1
Dial 2-1-1 to get information about thousands of
resources across Vermont, or visit
Asthma Intervention of the Rutland Region
A coalition that promotes Asthma education and
interventions that prevent, help control, and provide
care to those with Asthma in our community. For
more information, visit www.RRMC.org and search
Asthma or call 802.773.9888.
Asthma Program – Children (ages 2-17)
Free in-home visits that provide education and
resources to improve the control of asthma
symptoms, while helping to identify and reduce
triggers in the home. For more information about this
program for children, call 802.773.9888, ext. 22.
American Red Cross
Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs
New Drop Box!
Monday-Saturday ~ 6am-Midnight
Sunday ~ 6am-8pm
Rutland County Sheriff’s Department
88 Grove Street, Rutland, VT
Disposing of unwanted or unused prescription
drugs in a safe way will reduce the potential for
abuse. For more info., contact the Rutland
County Sheriff’s Department at 802.775.8002.
Community classes include CPR, First Aid and more.
To register or for more information, call 802.773.9159,
or visit www.redcrossvtnhuv.org.
Donate Blood: For dates and locations, and to
schedule an appt., call 800.RED.CROSS.
Ask Us About Baby Steps…
Baby Steps is group education for pregnant women
and their support people. Topics include: Issues in
Pregnancy • Car Seat Education • Breastfeeding
Education • Infant Safety • What to Expect during
Labor/Hospitalization. Open to all pregnant women.
Presented by Rutland Women’s Healthcare. Visit
www.RRMC.org or call 802.786.1320 for an apt.
What’s New at www.RRMC.org?
We have added a new Health Library on www.RRMC.org. It is packed full of health
information including multi-media: Videos, Podcasts, Quizzes, Health and Wellness
Calculators. There is information about conditions and treatments, drug interactions,
wellness, and recipes. There’s even a Quick Symptom Checker. All information is written
and vetted by a team of medical experts and presented in easy to understand formats.
Breastfeeding ~ Nursing Nook
Staffed by Breastfeeding Peer Counselors of WIC.
Mettowee Valley Family Health Center
Third Friday of the month from 9:30-10:30am
Pawlet Library
Second Friday of the month from 2-3pm
Castleton Library
Wednesdays from 10-11:30am
Mt. Holly Library
Tuesdays from 10-11:30am
Rutland Free Library
Fourth Friday of every month from 9:30-11am
For more information, call Jill at 802.786.5111.
Castleton Community Center
Wellness programs at the Castleton Community
Center include Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for
Diabetes, Better Balance, Bone Builders, Movement
Medley, Hiking Club, Kayak Club, Zumba, and a
Walking Trail. The Center offers senior meals,
transportation, and social and educational
opportunities. For more information, call
Childbirth Education Classes
Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association
& Hospice
Meet and socialize with other pregnant families in the
community and share stories; ask questons about
prenancy, labor and baby care. Classes are offered
monthly. Childbirth and Sibling Classes are also
offered. For more information, contact Jona Farwell at
802.770.1621 or [email protected]
Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
Learn how to create plans for action that help you
manage your healthcare! For more information, call
802.773.9888, ext. 22.
Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region
Basic Life Support, Family and Friends, & Heartsaver
CPR classes. For more information, call Claudia at
802.671.2111 or email [email protected]
Regional Ambulance Service, Rutland
Classes are offered the first and third Monday of each
month from 6-9pm. The fee is $30 per person.
Registration is required. Call 802.773.1746 to register.
Diabetes Prevention Classes
Free Monthly Classes for People with Risk
Factors for Developing Diabetes
For more information, call the Rutland Diabetes &
Endocrinology Center at 802.775.7844.
Domestic Crisis Hotline
Call Kim at 802.775.3232.
Family-to-Family Program
NAMI–National Alliance on Mental Illness
A free, 12-week course taught by trained NAMI
members (who have lived with this experience) that
offers education and support for families and friends
of people with mental illness. For more information,
email [email protected] or visit www.namivt.org or call
NAMI – Vermont at 800.639.6480 x 102.
Godnick Adult Center
Programs at the Center include exercise, yoga,
dancing, knitting, book clubs, bridge, hiking, health
clinics and bus trips. For more information, call
802.773.1853 or visit www.rutlandrec.com. Search
under Facilities at the top banner.
Homeless Prevention Center
(Formerly the Rutland County Housing Coalition)
56 Howe St., Patch Place, Bldg A, Rutland, VT,
www.hpcvt.org, 802.775.9286.
Wellness Resources Continued
LaLeche League of Rutland County
What’s Cookin’ Rutland?
Support meetings for breastfeeding mothers. Meets
the first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am-12pm at
Grace Congregational Church. For more information,
call Diane at 802.747.8665.
A monthly cooking show that features healthy recipes
and tips, hosted by the Rutland County Nutrition
Coalition. To find out what’s on the menu each month,
tune into PEG TV Channel 15, Mondays 5pm,
Tuesdays 1:30pm, or Fridays 8:30pm, or go to
www.pegtv.com and click on Video on Demand.
Promise Lactation Consulting offers a free,
drop-in clinic each month at Rutland Regional’s
Women’s & Children’s Services, the fourth Tuesday of
the month, 3-5pm. For more information, call Lisa at
Rutland County Head Start
88 Park Street, Rutland, VT
Indoor, heated pool for adults and children, open to
the public and offering swim lessons and exercise.
For more information, call 802.775.2395, ext. 303 or
visit www.vacvt.org.
Promotes school readiness for income eligible
3-5 year old children. Full and part-day options
available. Provides training to families and community
members on a variety of topics such as parenting
skills, child development, American Red Cross CPR
and First Aid, I Am Moving, I Am Learning (how to
increase children’s physical activity), and mental
health wellness. For more information, call Kelley at
802.775.8225, ext. 103 or visit www.rchsccn.org.
Rutland County Parent Child Center.
• Bone Builders – A free exercise program to
address osteoporosis. For more information about
Rutland County classes, call the RSVP office at
• TeleCare – Provides free telephone check-in to area
seniors on a regularly scheduled basis. This is not a
telemedicine provider or medical alert service. Call
• One-2-One – Provides transportation to essential
service appointments for Rutland County residents.
For more information, call 802.775.4318 or
802.775.8219. Find more information about RSVP &
Volunteer Center programs at
http://volunteersinvt.org. Search under Signature
Programs at the top banner.
Dedicated to supporting and meeting the needs of
parents, children and families. Offers childcare, high
school and housing for young parents, parenting
classes, playgroups and developmental delay
assistance for young children. For more information,
call 802.775.9711 or visit www.rcpcc.org.
Mitchell Therapy Pool
Rutland Free Clinic
A free Medical & Dental Health Clinic for uninsured
and under-insured Vermont adults. There are no
emergency services available at this site. Appt only.
No walk-ins. For more information or to schedule an
appointment, call 802.775.1360 or visit
Rutland Free Library
Rutland Area Prevention Coalition
Prevention of substance abuse through education and
the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. For more
information, call 802.775.4199, visit www.rapvt.org or
email [email protected]
• Say it Straight
An Evidence-Based Prevention Program designed to
address high risk and destructive behaviors and
promote wellness in young people and adults. Focus
is on learning good communication skills. Programs
are free and one hour a week for 6-8 weeks, and
presented by the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition.
For more information or to register for classes, call
Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition
We are currently transitioning our efforts to focus on
and support walking and biking in Rutland County.
For more information, go to www.walkbikerutland.org,
email [email protected], or call
802.870.6722. Also on Twitter @walkbikerutland and
Facebook at www.facebook.com/walkbikerutland.
Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association &
Hospice (RAVNAH)
• Cholesterol Screening
The first Wednesday of each month, a total lipid
profile and comprehensive cholesterol and glucose
screening is offered at the RAVNAH office, 7 Albert
Cree Drive, Rutland, beginning at 8:30am. The total
lipid profile requires an 8-12 hour fast prior to the test
to ensure accurate results. The cost is $30. Please
call 802.775.0568 for an appointment.
• Advance Health Care Planning Help
A free toolkit from RAVNAH called Conversation
Starter Guide, containing a variety of easy-to-use selfhelp worksheets. To arrange a presentation on this
important topic for your community, civic, office or
church group, or to get a copy of the Conversation
Starter Guide, call RAVNAH at 802.770.1520 or go to
www.starttheconversationvt.org for a copy of
the guide.
RAVNAH services include:
• Travel Health Clinic
Receive an individualized travel safety plan and the
necessary immunizations for your travel destination.
By appointment.
• Whooping Cough Vaccine Clinic
RAVNAH is offering free monthly vaccination clinics
for adults 18 years of age and older.
• Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics
RAVNAH provides numerous Blood Pressure and
Foot Care Clinics throughout the area each month.
For more information about the above RAVNAH
programs, appointments, clinic dates, times &
locations, call 802.770.1536 or visit
Rutland County Caregiver Coalition
Support for those caring for an aging or ill parent,
spouse or child. For more information, call Aaron at
802.786.5990 or Eva at 802.772.2471.
Rutland County Nutrition Coalition
Projects include the monthly “What's Cooking
Rutland” program on PegTV, and supporting food and
nutrition education for RAFFL's Worksite Farmshare
Program. For more information, contact Bethany Yon,
802.786.5115, or email [email protected]
Provides library services free to residents of Rutland
City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Ira and Tinmouth, and
to paid cardholders from other communities. We loan
books, e-books, magazines, movies on DVD,
audiobooks and more. We have a wide variety of
databases, from Consumer Reports and Chilton auto
repair through early reader books for kids, academic
journals, test prep and much more. We also offer a
wide variety of programming for all ages as well as
formal and informal meeting spaces for anyone to
use. http://rutlandfree.org or 802.773.1860.
Rutland Mental Health Crisis Line
Available 24 hours – 7 days a week.
Adult Services, call 802.775.1000.
Child & Family Services, call 802.773.4225.
Rutland Mental Health Services
Services for adults, children & families, and seniors
provided. For details on specific services offered by
Rutland Mental Health, call 802.775.2381 or visit
Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging
Easy phone assistance for elders in need of
information about services and programs such as
senior meals and companions, caregiver support, and
the state health insurance program. For more
information, call 802.786.5991 or visit www.svcoa.org.
Senior Help Line - 800.642.5119.
Vermont Department of Health
For health information on topics such as: Children &
Families, Disease & Prevention, Substance Abuse,
Emergency & Public Health Preparedness, A Healthy
Environment, Health Research, Data & Records, and
Community Public Health. For more information, call
802.786.5811 or visit http://healthvermont.gov.
Support Groups
Bereavement Group
RAVNAH Hospice
Share experiences of loss and gain an understanding
of the process of grief and its impact on life. For more
information, contact Ann Larocque at 802.770.1516 or
[email protected]
Better Breathers Club
American Lung Association support group for people
with lung disease or caregivers. Group meets first
Monday of the month, 11am-12pm at The Maples, 5
General Wing Rd., Rutland, VT (last building on the
right) in the activity room downstairs. Take the
elevator to the ground floor. For more information, call
Compassionate Friends
For bereaved parents. For more information, call
Michael Mackey at 802.446.2278.
Diabetes Support
• Type I Diabetes Support
For more information, call the Rutland Diabetes &
Endocrinology Center at 802.775.7844.
• Insulin Pump Support Group
For people who manage their diabetes with insulin
pumps. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each
month from 10:30am-12pm at Rutland Regional
Medical Center. For more information, call Donna
Hunt, RD, CDE at 802.775.7844.
Gambler’s Anonymous
For more information, call 802.773.8305.
HIV/AIDS Support Group
For more information, call 802.775.5884.
InterAge Adult Day Program
For caregivers of adults with dementia or other
cognitive and/or physical challenges. For more
information, call 802.773.2011.
Kin Conversations
For those who care for relative children regardless of
legal involvement, or age of the caregiver. Dinner &
childcare provided. For more information, call
802.747.0490 or email [email protected]
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) For
family members of those with serious mental illness.
For more information, call 800.639.6480 or
802.247.0180, or visit www.namivt.org.
Mental Health Support Group for Peers
NAMI peer support groups. For more information, call
802.244.1396 or visit www.namivt.org.
Overeaters Anonymous
Is Food a Problem for You?
For more information on the Sunday meetings, call
Ramona at 802.948.2948. For Wednesday meetings,
call Sara at 802.747.4020.
Rutland County Women’s Network
Support and discussions about abuse for mothers &
children. For more information, call 802.775.3232.
Rutland Wellness
Wednesdays 5-7pm. Education and support for
people who are struggling emotionally. We focus on
tools and methods for improving our lives mentally
and physically. For more information, call
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group
Support Groups
For more information, call Nan at 802.775.8220,
ext.101 or [email protected]
Rutland Prostate Support Group
For more information, call Al-Anon Vermont at
802.860.8388 or visit www.vermontalanonalateen.org.
For more information, call 802.483.6220 or visit
Stroke & TBI Support Group
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
For more information, call 802.446.2302.
For more information, call 802.775.0402 or visit
T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Alzheimer’s Association
Open to children 7 years to adult. For more
information, call 802.483.2967 or visit www.tops.org.
24-hour Help Line – 800.272.3900
Woman-to-Woman Cancer Support
For more information, call 802.747.1693.
A.D.D. Support
A support group for adults with Attention Deficit
Disorder. For more information, call 603.448.6311.
At Wit’s End
Substance abuse support for parents, families &
friends. For more information, call Pat or Kathy at
Please note that support groups should not be construed as
medical advice or used as a substitute for consultation with a
healthcare professional. Accuracy of information presented
is the sole responsibility of the group leader.
Bereavement Group
BAYADA Hospice
Support for those who are grieving the loss of a loved
one. For more information, call Deborah Estey at
Community Health News is a Rutland Regional Medical Center
community outreach service. Programs are free and open to the
public, unless otherwise noted. Please contact Community
Education at 802.772.2400 for more information. Non-profit
organizations, agencies and coalitions are welcome to submit
programs by contacting us at [email protected]