Throughout the year, Community Health Improvement at The University of Vermont Medical Center presents FREE educational programs offering healthy lifestyle classes, multi-week workshops and screenings.

Pre-registration is required. Please note class location and directions are provided upon registration. FREE parking is available onsite for all classes. Class sizes may be limited.

For more information, call 802-847-2278.

HealthSource Classes - 2015

Food Matters Cooking Series

Have you ever longed to create delicious and healthy food in a beautiful and professional kitchen? Food Matters is an invitation to experience food and health in a whole new way. The University of Vermont Medical Center has partnered with the South End Kitchen to deliver a series of 3 cooking classes designed around a health topic. Join a Culinary Institute of America trained chef and a registered dietitian from The University of Vermont Medical Center to explore health topics in a delicious and creative way.

Please note: Registration is required and class size is limited! Registration is required for EACH class below: 

Vegan and Vegetarian Eating Demystified (Part of the Food Matters Cooking Series)

You don’t have to be all vegetarian or vegan all the time to reap the benefits of this way of eating. In this class, we’ll talk about the health and environmental virtues of moving toward a plant based diet, not to mention how delicious it can be! If you’ve ever been stymied by how to create luscious and healthy eats that don’t involve animal products, let this class open the door to meatless cooking for you. (Class limit of 30 participants)

By: Maryann Ludlow, MS, RD and Leah Pryor, Line Chef

DATE: Sunday, April 19, 2015
TIME: 1:00-3:30pm
LOCATION: South End Kitchen, Burlington, VT

PLEASE NOTE: This class is full. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you'd like to be put on the waiting list please call 802-847-2278.

 

Holy Mole’ (Part of the Food Matters Cooking Series)

Mole’ is a generic name for sauce in Mexican cooking. Mole poblano is one of the best known of these sauces and is somewhat of a party on a plate containing 20+ ingredients including chili peppers and chocolate. Other moles include mole negro, colorado, amarillo, verde, chichilo, coloradito, and mancha manteles. Each colorful sauce is a unique combination of peppers and spices giving them district flavor and health benefits. This class will turn up the heat (not too high) on cooking for health and flavor as we explore different moles! (Class limit of 30 participants)

By: Kimberly Evans, MS, RD and Leah Pryor, Line Chef

DATE: Sunday, May 3, 2015
TIME: 1:00-3:30pm
LOCATION: South End Kitchen, Burlington, VT

PLEASE NOTE: This class is full. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you'd like to be put on the waiting list please call 802-847-2278.


Baby Care Basics

If the thought of bringing home a new baby seems overwhelming, put your mind at ease. This workshop will focus on growth and development, sleep, nutrition, safety, and whatever attendees need to know when it comes to parenting an infant in their first year of life.

By: Lewis First, MD and Mary Lee Ritter, PNP, Vermont Children’s Hospital, University of Vermont Medical Center

DATE: Thursday, April 2, 2015
TIME: 6:30-8:00pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium

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How (and Where!) to Find the Best Health Information Online

Isn’t it challenging to find accurate – and credible – health-related information online? The staggering amount of information available, combined with commercial websites trying to sell products to unsuspecting patients, can be overwhelming and sometimes risky for those seeking answers. In this seminar, you’ll learn: where and how to search for reliable and understandable information; which websites are credible; common pitfalls that put patients at risk; and more. Let us help you search smarter...and save you time and energy in the process!

By: Alan P. Lampson, Lead Medical Librarian, Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, University of Vermont Medical Center

DATE: Thursday, April 16, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:00pm 
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium 

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How Palliative Care and Hospice Help You to Live Better

Visiting Nurse Association professional staff will discuss the differences between palliative care and hospice and how both improve the quality of your life. Whether you are considering options, you have a loved one that may benefit or you just want to know more your questions will be answered and the myths dispelled. Discussion includes choosing the right care for your needs, hearing about the differences, learning about the team that provides care and considering all of the settings where care may occur. Learn more to take control of serious illness.

By: Jaina Clough, MD, VNA Medical Director Hospice and Palliative Care Service, and Nancy Carlson, RN, BSN, VNA Clinical Supervisor, Vermont Respite House

DATE: Wednesday, April 22
TIME: 6:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium 

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The Importance of Pollination: How You Can Help!

Have you heard about Colony Collapse Disorder but not sure what it means or why it’s important? Are you concerned about the decline in our Monarch population but not sure what you can do about it? This discussion will address current issues facing one of the hardest working and most important groups in the natural world: our pollinators! We’ll talk about how you can help conserve these insect species in various ways from choosing chemical-free lawn practices to creating a backyard pollinator garden.

By: Lisa Hoare, AAS, Gardener, University of Vermont Medical Center

DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
TIME: 6:30-8:00pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium 

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Exploring Mindfulness for Everyday Life: Ways to Reduce Stress and Promote Wellness

Come learn about mindfulness practices that have been known to reduce stress and promote wellness. This workshop will present a definition of mindfulness, its benefits, and offer some brief practices to experience. Participants will leave with resources and ways to begin incorporating mindfulness into life.

By: Roz Grossman, MA

DATE: Thursday, April 30, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium

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AARP Smart Driver™ Course (Please call the instructor to register – Home phone 802-483-6335)

Take this 4.5 hour course to refresh your driving skills and learn the new rules of the road. Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. $20 per person, $15 for AARP members. (Class limit of 35 participants)

By: Baird Morgan, AARP

DATE: Saturday, May 2, 2015
TIME: 9:00am-2:00pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, McClure Lobby Conference Room
REGISTER: call 802-483-6335.


To Your Heart’s Content

Looking for ways to take better care of your heart? Cardiology nurses Karen and Summer remind you of some familiar wisdom, plus introduce you to cutting-edge research on steps you can take to ensure a healthy heart. From knowing your numbers, signs and symptoms, to modifying risk factors; to how love, laughter, and smiles can make a difference, this class will give you the tips and techniques you need to keep your heart healthy and strong.

By: Karen Mckenny, RN, and Summer Beausoleil, RN, University of Vermont Medical Center

DATE: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium

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Starting an Exercise Program 101

Are you looking to start an exercise program but don’t know where to begin? Do you work hard in the gym but seem to be stuck or bored with your exercise program. Corey will teach you how to jump start your exercise program, or get started with a simple exercise program. Come dressed to move. (Class limit of 25 participants)

By: Corey Cenate, Personal Trainer, Snap Fitness

DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2015
TIME: 4:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: Snap Fitness, North Burlington, VT

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Car Seat 101

Is your child safe on every ride? A car seat is one of the best ways you can protect your child while traveling, but using one correctly isn’t always easy. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to a hands-on presentation about car seat basics. A Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) will discuss the different types of car seats and teach you how to install and use a car seat correctly. You will also learn what the LATCH system is, discuss current car seat laws & recommendations, most common installation mistakes, and learn how to choose the right seat for your child.

By: Amanda Biggs, Child Passenger Safety Technician, University of Vermont Medical Center

DATE: Monday, May 18, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, McClure Lobby Conference Room

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Terrific Toddlers

Toddlers are terrific! This workshop will focus on caring for your children through the toddler years. This class will address nutritional needs, behavioral strategies for those “challenging” moments, and whatever tips attendees need to know to celebrate parenting their toddler.

By: Lewis First, MD and Mary Lee Ritter, PNP, Vermont Children’s Hospital, University of Vermont Medical Center

DATE: Thursday, May 21, 2015
TIME: 6:30-8:00pm
LOCATION: UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium

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Healthier Living Workshops

Control your condition; don’t let your condition control you. Do you have an ongoing health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or cancer? These free workshops can help you take control of your health. Develop skills to cope with your condition, improve energy levels, manage pain, and learn to make the best choices for your condition and lifestyle. You can feel better! Workshops are free and offer flexible hours and locations throughout the community.

Call 802-847-2278 or email SelfManagement@uvmhealth.org for more information.s


Please note: Registration is required and class size is limited! Registration is required for EACH class.

Health Screenings

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Cholesterol Screenings 
Call 802-847-1624 for times and locations.

Past Classes

  • Cheese and Culture - by Paul Kidstedt, Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont
  • Food Diversity, Human Health and Climate Change - by Gary Nabhan, W.K. Kellog Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona
  • Rebuilding the Food Shelf - By Philip Ackerman-Leist, Green Mountain College
  • Climate Change and Vermont - By Alan Betts, Ph.D., Atmospheric Research
  • The Science of Taste

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