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


Tai Chi for Fall Prevention
Location: 100 River St Springfield, VT  The Great Hall
Time: Mondays at 10:30 am- 11:30 am
Are you concerned about falling, or having trouble with pain and stiffness from arthritis? Let the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi help you lower your risk of falls, and increase your mobility in your joints. Tai Chi is a gentle, slow-moving series of controlled movements that have been clinically proven (when done regularly and consistently) to lower the risk of falling, and to help people suffering from arthritis. Come join us as we meet once a week for 6 weeks, and learn a simple sequence of movements that you can easily practice on your own or with friends. The class environment is low-key, funny and no judgement. Wear comfortable clothing, and flat shoes. All of the moves can be done from a seated position, so don’t let concerns about your ability to stand keep you from attending!

Cooking Matters for Parents
Location: Springfield Area Parent Child Center
6 Main St., N. Springfield, VT
Date: Thursday May 10th- June 14th
Time: 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
In partnership with the Springfield Area Parent Child Center, Springfield Medical Care System’s Community Health Team and Michael Ehlenfeldt, Executive Chef, Weathersfield Inn, Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters for Families is back. As part of No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters is a hands-on cooking class that teaching participants how to shop smarter, read ingredient labels and use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. It also empowers families and helps with the self-sufficient skills such as proper knife techniques, cutting up a whole chicken, how to stretch healthy food budgets and much much more. Participants take home a bag of groceries after each class so they can practice the recipes taught that day. For more information about the program, please visit Register today for the next session! Space is Limited!

Learning to Live Well with Diabetes (& Prediabetes)
Please join us for our next session if you have been diagnosed with Diabetes or Prediabetes Support is here to help you learn to manage this chronic condition!
Location: Springfield Health Center 3rd Floor 100 River St. Springfield, VT
Session 1: April 10th–May 1st       Time: 2pm-4pm
Session 2: May 8th–May 29th      Time: 5pm-7pm
Session 3: June 5th–June 26th     Time: 10am-12pm
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!

Wellness Recovery and Action Plan (WRAP)
Location: Springfield Health Center third floor
Starts: Wednesday, May 2nd – June 20th
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm A self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make life the way you want it to be. The program is designed to help you:
• Keep track of troubling feelings and behaviors, so you can plan to reduce, change, or prevent responses
• Feel more in control of your feelings and your life
• Enjoy a better quality of life
• Achieve your life goals and dreams
This program can also help supporters or caregivers learn how to respond when a person who is struggling cannot make decisions, take care of themselves, or keep themselves safe.

Spring into Salads
Location: Springfield Health Center, 100 River St., Springfield, VT
Date: Wednesday, April 11th     Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
It’s salad season! Let’s get creative and learn how to make healthy, fulfilling salads that will make you look forward to eating leafy green vegetables every day.

Savor the Flavor without the Salt
Location: Springfield Health Center, 100 River St., Springfield, VT
Date: June 27th     Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Put down the salt shaker! It’s time to make food taste delicious without the added salt. In this class we will review how much sodium we really need, discover how much sodium is in the foods we commonly eat, and discuss tips on how to reduce sodium in our diets. Join us to learn how to cook with herbs and spices and make the foods you love burst with flavor.

Weight Loss and Wellness
Location: Springfield Health Center 3rd floor 100 River St., Springfield, VT
Starts: Wednesday May 2nd- May 30th     Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This 5-class weight and wellness program is designed to help adults looking to lose weight or maintain weight they’ve lost, in a healthy way, with the assistance of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and the support of other program participants with similar goals.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (CDC)
Location: Rockingham Free Public Library
65 Westminster St. Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Class 1 – Starts: April 11th
Then every other week for 2 months
Class 2 – 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, year-long, 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. *

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (National Diabetes Prevention Program)
Are you at risk for prediabetes?? If you have scored a 9 or more, you are at risk and this program is for you!!
Location: Springfield Health Center, 100 River St., Springfield, VT
Starts: Weekly, June 4th – Sept 17th
Then every other week Starting: Oct 8th – Oct 29th  Ending with 6 monthly sessions: (the first Wednesday of the month)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
The good news is there’s a lot you can do to help prevent diabetes. This FREE, year-long, evidence-based program supports and educates adults who are at 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 with the support of peers and trained Lifestyle Change Coaches.

Move 2 Improve (M2I)
Location: Whitcomb Building, 1 Mineral St., Springfield, VT
Days: Tuesdays and Fridays      Time: 11 am – 12 pm
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.

Tobacco Cessation Classes
Do you want to quit tobacco but nothing works? Join a FREE Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation class! Come talk about smoking, quitting, staying quit, and all the challenges in between, in a non-judgmental, friendly environment. Talk about Nicotine Replacement Treatment and what might be the best fit for you. Receive FREE Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges with attendance of each 1 hour session. Please call (802) 886-8946 or email for class times and dates.

Rockingham Free Public Library
Monday Classes
April 30th – May 21st, 4 pm – 5 pm
June 4th – 25th, 4 pm – 5 pm
Thursday Classes
May 3rd – 24th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
June 7th – 28th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Turning Point Recovery Center
Thursday Classes
April 5th – 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
June 7th – 28th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Springfield Health Center
Wednesday Classes
May 2nd – 23rd, 4 pm – 5 pm

Walk With a Doc Walk
With a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps to a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start than on your feet making strides to help your heart and general health—and to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians. For more information on the walking program, visit for current dates, times and locations. Join us and start walking for a healthier you!

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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