You Can! Live Well, Virginia!
Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Valley Program for Aging Services is offering a free 6-week “You Can Live Well, Virginia!” workshop for persons with chronic diseases and/or caregivers. This program will complement and enhance your medical recommended treatment plans. Topics include:
- Goal setting
- Problem solving
- Managing Fatigue
- Healthy eating
- Low Impact Exercising
- Communicating effectively with family, friends and your health care team.
This six-week workshop is designed to lower the stress associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, etc… Participants will learn a variety of necessary day-to-day management skills needed to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. The workshop is free, the books and materials are free.
Dates: Thursday February 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 Regular attendance required.
Location: The Augsburg Room (lower level at the elevator)
Muhlenberg Lutheran Church
281 East Market Street
Harrisonburg VA 22801
Co-leaders: Liz Brickhouse and Penelope Ferguson
To Register: Liz: 574-4795 or the VPAS office: 540 896-7595
Deadline for Registration: February 10, 2012
This spinach recipe is tops! Enjoy!
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups of regular or sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
3 10-ounce packages frozen spinach or the equivalent in fresh
½ tsp dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
2 cups low fat canned or homemade low fat chicken broth
3 cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup unsweetened Silk Soy milk
1/3 cup Tofutti Soy sour cream
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2 lemons, sliced very thin
1) Heat oil in heavy bottomed soup pot. Add onions, potatoes, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until onions begin to soften.
2) Add spinach, thyme, bay, broth, and water. Simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are thoroughly soft.
3) Remove bay leaf. Pour mixture through a strainer set over a deep bowl to separate the vegetables from the broth. Puree vegetables until smooth and return to soup pot along with broth.
4) Whisk in soy milk and sour cream and lemon juice and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Rewarm if necessary. Garnish individual bowls with lemon slices.
Adapted from the Back Porch Restaurant Cookbook by Debbie Wells on Ocracoke Island, NC. http://www.ocracokeisland.com/back_porch.htm
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Besides surgery or medication is there anything to do to lower the chance of having a heart attack or stroke? The answer is yes, as long as you are on board with some changes, how often you exercise, how much you weigh, and what you eat.
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Alpha Phi Sorority of James Madison University has raised $13,575 this year to provide free heart health screenings through the RMH Heart Check program.
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