Classes/Programs Calendar

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There is no charge for all programs but space is limited and registration is required unless noted otherwise in the listing below. Please note specific class information for details and, unless indicated otherwise, please contact the Community Health Team for more information or to register, please call 802-886-8946 or email Additional wellness programs can also be found at


Move 2 Improve (M2I)

Location: Whitcomb Building
1 Mineral St. Springfield, VT
Starts: Tuesdays and Fridays
Time: 11 am – 12 noon
M2I is a free, drop-in, low-impact group exercise program for those just starting out or just getting back into physical activity. Each class includes stretching, muscle strengthening, low impact cardio and final relaxation.

Need Help Stretching a Dollar?

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is offering a FREE workshop to help make your dollars go further. Topics will include:
• Where does my money come from?
• Where does my money go?
• What are your bills and when are they due?
• What is one thing I want to change?
• How do I make tough choices in tight months?
Where: SEVCA, 91 Buck Drive, Westminster, VT
When: The second Thursday of each month, 10 am – 12 noon – starting in October
Call Denise to register or for more information:
802-722-4575 ext 150.


Learning to Live Well with
Diabetes (& Prediabetes)

Location: Springfield Health Center 3rd Floor
100 River St. Springfield, VT
Session 1: Thursday February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Time: 10 am -12 pm
Session 2: March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Time: 5 pm -7 pm
Program description: This 4-week series, led by a Certified Diabetes Educator offers an opportunity to gain knowledge and support for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes that to want to learn all about the best strategies to manage it successfully. This program also serves as a great “refresher” for those that have been previously diagnosed, but may benefit from a review. The class will cover all of the comprehensive areas of Diabetes Education, including; “What is diabetes/pre-diabetes?”, Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring blood sugar, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks and Healthy Coping. Introduction to the use of goal setting and action planning will also be featured. This program will be led by a Certified Diabetes
Educator and offers time for questions, answers and discussion! Join us for this exciting program!

Healthier Living with Chronic

Location: Whitcomb Building, 1Mineral St.,
Springfield, VT
Starting: Monday, February 5th – March 12th
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
If you are dealing with a long-lasting (chronic) disease like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, or heart disease, you are not alone. About half of all American adults have at least one chronic disease. These chronic diseases can lead to disability and serious health problems. The good news is there is a lot you can do to help manage chronic disease and prevent related problems. Our program can help you make choices for healthier living.


Waging War on Food Cravings

Location: Springfield Health Center
100 River St. Springfield, VT
Date: March 14th 5:30-7:00
We will examine triggers for food cravings, techniques for reducing their frequency, and strategies for handling food cravings when they strike.

National Diabetes Prevention
Program (CDC)

Location: Rockingham Free Public Library
65 Westminster St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Starts: Weekly on Wednesday
March 21st – July 11th
Then every other week for 2 months
Starting: July 25th- August 22nd
Ending with 6 monthly sessions:
(the first Wednesday of the month)
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
It’s important to take steps to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Currently, 86 million Americans have prediabetes and many are unaware they even have it. You have a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you:
• Are overweight
• Don’t get enough exercise
• Have high blood pressure
• Have a parent, brother, or sister
with diabetes
• Are over age 40 (risk continues to increase as we get older)
The good news is there is a lot you can do to help prevent diabetes.* This FREE, yearlong, evidence-based program supports and educates adults who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or have a diagnosis of prediabetes. It positively encourages participants to reduce their risk by adopting healthier eating and exercise habits and improve overall health and well-being through the course of the year. Please call for more information to see if you qualify.


Did You Know?

Your Business Can Host Smoking Cessation Classes for Your Employees!

If there is a group of five or more interested in quitting tobacco, our Tobacco Treatment Specialsts will come to your location. Please contact Sarah Doyle at or call 802-886-8946.

Transportation is Available!

Assistance is available, free of charge, through our Health Transit service for medical and wellness-related needs. This includes our wellness education programs. Call us if you need transportation assistance.


Every second Friday of the month, from 10 – 11 am, the Vermont Foodbank comes to Springfield Hospital (building located on the hill to the left of the hospital entrance). VeggieVanGo provides fresh produce, perishable products and shelf-stable food for Vermonters in need of food assistance — at no cost.

Financial Assistance

Springfield Medical Care Systems provides care to all, and offers a sliding fee scale to all income-eligible uninsured or underinsured patients based on annual household income. For more information, call 802-886-8959, extension 1506, or 802-885-1616 for a personal consultation.

Health Access Line

If you need assistance locating a physician or healthcare service, please call our Health Access Line. This is a free service, and we will be pleased to help you locate the services you need. 802-885-7604


Breast Cancer Support Group

Meets monthly. Call to confirm date and time. All are invited to attend. Contact Nancy Thibodeau, RN, BSN, Breast Care Coordinator, Springfield Hospital at 802-885-7584.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Complementing our inpatient breastfeeding support services, we offer a free monthly support group for new mothers. This group provides a place to come with questions and concerns and meet other mothers and babies. The group meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, noon – 2 pm at Springfield Hospital. Free – no registration required. For more information, call Erin at 802-885-7511.

Pulmonary Puffers Support Group

This support group, facilitated by Mary Anne Riley, RRT, TTS, meets regularly at Springfield Hospital. For info, call 802-885-7421.


Caregivers’ Support Group

This group meets the third Wednesday of every month, at Springfield Hospital Level D Conference Room, 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter. Please call 800-272-3900 or visit

Mental Health Peer Support Group

Hosted by VT Psychiatric Survivors, this group meets at the First Congregational Church, 77 Main Street, Springfield, VT, every Thursday, from 2 – 3:30 pm. The group’s goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for people to give and receive support around mental health issues. The group is free and open to the public. Please contact Diana Slade, 157 Park Street, Springfield, VT, or call 802-289-1982. Email

NAMI Connection – Springfield, VT

This free weekly support group is a peer recovery support group for adults living with mental health challenges. The Springfield group meets at HCRS, 390 River Street, Springfield, VT, every Monday 1:30 – 3:00 pm. For more information: 802-639-6480.

Overeaters Anonymous – Bellows Falls, VT

A 12-step recovery program for people striving to overcome obesity, compulsive overeating, binge eating, bulimia or anorexia. Monday nights, 7 – 8 pm, Parks Place, 44 School Street Ext., Bellows Falls, VT. Contact Celeste, 802-376-3507.

Sarah Doyle
Regional Self-Management Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
Community Health Team
Springfield Medical Care Systems
100 River Street, Springfield, VT
802-886-8909 fax

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