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‘Better Choices… Better Health’ workshops set

By Staff | Jan 6, 2011

Whale researcher David Mattila will share whale stories with the public in “The Life and Times of Whales” today, Thursday, Jan. 6. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. at the sanctuary headquarters at 726 S. Kihei Road. Mattila, the science and rescue coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, has studied whales in most oceans. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Market. Call 879-2818, extension 22, for information.

WAILUKU — The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns’ Office on Aging will sponsor two sets of “Better Choices… Better Health” workshops beginning this month.

The workshops provide practical information, tools and support to people of all ages who are interested in incorporating healthier habits into their lives and help people with chronic conditions better manage their health.

The workshops consist of a series of six classes that focus on learning and implementing practical skills used to stay healthy and control symptoms through relaxation, nutrition, improved communication skills, medication management, exercise and more. Participants develop achievable “action plans” that lead to positive changes and greater confidence.

The first workshop series runs on consecutive Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 11 at Hale Mahaolu Elua Community Hall located at 200 Hina Avenue in Kahului.

The second set of classes will take place on consecutive Fridays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 21 at Kalama Heights at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Participants receive the book “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition” and an audio relaxation CD called “Time for Healing.”

The cost for the six-session workshop is $10 for those 60 and older, and $35 for those under 60. Scholarships are available for anyone under 60 experiencing financial hardship.

Advance registration is required; space is limited to 14 participants per class. Transportation may be available. Caregivers are encouraged to attend.

For more information, or to register, call Robin Pilus at 281-0094.