Classes/Programs Calendar

Lara Peck Writing on a Board

There is no charge for all programs but  registration is required and space is limited.  Please contact the Community Health Team for more information or to register, 802-886-8946 or email


Tai Chi for Fall Prevention
Location: 100 River St Springfield, VT  The Great Hall
Time: Mondays at 10:30 am- 11:30 am
Tai Chi is a gentle, slow-moving series of controlled movements that, when practiced consistently, have been clinically shown to lower the risk of falling and help people suffering from arthritis. Regular Tai Chi practice improves concentration, leg strength, balance, coordination, joint pain and stress.

Plant-based Potluck
Location: Springfield Health Center, 3rd Floor
100 River Street,  Springfield, VT
Date: October 21, 2019   5-7pm
Connect with like-minded folks and learn new trick of living well and share with friends! The evening includes a demonstration of preparing a plant-based meal, courtesy of the featured chef of the month. This group meets monthly. Call 802-886-8928 for monthly date and time.

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!

Session 1: Tuesdays, October 8th-29th       Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: Springfield Health Center 3rd Floor 100 River St. Springfield, VT

Session 2:  Wednesdays, Oct. 30th-Nov. 20th      Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Rockingham Health Center  Fireplace Room  1 Hospital Court, Bellows Falls, VT

Session 3: Tuesdays, Dec. 3rd-31st     Time: Noon -2pm
Location: Springfield Health Center 3rd Floor 100 River St. Springfield, VT

Program description: This 4-week series provides knowledge and support for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes to learn all about the best strategies to manage it successfully. This program also serves as a great “refresher” for those who have been previously diagnosed, and 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 as well as an introduction to the use of goal setting and action planning. This program will be led by a Certified Diabetes Educator and offers time for questions, answers and discussion! Join us for this exciting program!

Forest Bathing
Location: North Springfield Nature Area-off of Reservoir Road (enter at the Army Corp of Engineers sign)
Date: Every Thursday     Time: 4:30pm
The Japanese have discovered the importance of nature on personal health and well being. Even though we are surrounded by forests, we often don’t take time to enjoy the trees.

CHIP Lifestyle Medicine Program

The Complete Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a lifestyle medicine program designed to prevent, arrest, and reverse chronic disease. During the past 30 years, CHIP has impacted the lives of of over 80,000 participants. More than 30 peer-reviewed scientific studies have been published showing the effects of the CHIP program, including decreased blood pressure, body fat, reduced stress levels, and positive changes in energy, mood, digestion, and sleep. CHIP is a patient-centered program for those involved in the Department of Lifestyle Medicine at the Springfield and Ludlow Health Centers. For more information, call Laura Jensen at 802-886-8928.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (National Diabetes Prevention Program)
Location: Springfield Health Center, 100 River St., Springfield, VT
Starts: Weekly, Mondays, Oct. 21-Feb. 3
Then every other week for 2 months starting Feb. 3rd.  Ending with 6 sessions: (the first Friday 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. Please call for more information to see if you qualify.

Healthier Living with Chronic Diseases

Space is limited-Please register ASAP
Location: Springfield Health Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
100 River Street, Springfield, VT
When: Mondays, Oct 14-Nov. 18
Time: 5-7:30pm
***Light Refreshments Provided***
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. But the good news is that there’s a lot you can do to help manage chronic disease and prevent related problems. Our program can help you make choices to live healthier. The program focuses on topics that come up when dealing with any chronic condition, such as:
* Problem solving and action planning
* Nutrition
* Exercise
* Medication use
* Emotions
* Talking with doctors

Move 2 Improve (M2I)
Location: Studio Momentum  71 Main Street  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. Classes include stretching, muscle strengthening, low impact cardio and end with relaxation. Contact Pat Koenig at 885-2568 or email for details.

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. Please call (802) 886-8946 or email

Session 1: Location: Parks Place, 44 School Street Ext., Bellows Falls, VT
Days: Mondays, Oct. 7th-28th
Time: 5-6pm

Session 2: Location: Springfield Health Center, 100 River Street, Springfield, VT
Days: Wednesdays, Nov. 6th-27th
Time: 5-6pm

Walk With a Doc Walk
Location: North Springfield Nature Area

When: Thursday, October 17th, 4:30pm

Dr. Adam Ameele will lead this walk and talk. Our pace is casual and all are welcome. join friends while benefiting from fresh air and movement. Meet at the Springfield Nature Area off of Reservoir Road (enter at the Army Corp of Engineers sign). Call 802-885-8928 for other Walk with a Doc date and details.





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 Specialists 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 under-insured 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


Caregivers’ Support Group

This group meets the third Wednesday of every month, at Springfield Hospital Level D Conference Room, 1 – 2:30 pm. Facilitated by Janet Beauchain from Springfield Area Adult Day Service. For more information, please call 802-885-9881 or 1-800-272-3900.

Turning Point Meetings & Groups

7 Morgan Street, Springfield, VT

HCRS – Recovery Group, 9:30 – 11 am
Cross Ways Christian Fellowship, 6-7 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) How it Works Big Book, 7:30 – 8 :30 pm

Slice of Spirituality Group with Pastor Malcolm, 12 – 1 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) The Visions Group 12-1 pm
Making Recovery Easier (Bi-Weekly) 5:30-7 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) speaker meeting 7-8 pm

Spiritual Recovery Group, 7-8 pm
Narcotics Anonymous “Returning to Recovery” 5-6:30 pm

FAR (Family Addiction and Recovery) 6-7 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Saturday Night Live Group
7-8 pm

Twin State Depression Support Group

Recovery is Real! All are Welcome!
Phone 802-795-0098
Martin Memorial Hall
5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT
3rd Wednesday each month, 6:30 pm
Turning Point
7 Morgan Street, Springfield, VT
4th Wednesday each month, 6:30 pm
Alice Peck Day, Lebanon, NH
2nd Tuesday each month, 6:30 pm
Claremont Community Center, Claremont, NH
2nd Thursday each month, 6:30 pm
NAMI Vermont
600 Blair Park Rd., Ste.301
Williston, VT 05495
Contact: 800-639-6480

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