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Living Well Workshops

Erlanger Health System, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging and Disability, is pleased to offer a range of  Living Well programs to help individuals diagnosed with chronic conditions live healthier lives. Most of these evidence-based programs are free, or available at a nominal cost, and all are geared to help you manage chronic conditions and improve your overall health. Our current workshop offerings (described below) include: 

Why Take Part in a Living Well Program?

To Overcome Challenges You Face...

  • Every day, millions of people with chronic conditions struggle to manage their symptoms.1
  • About 80% of older adults have one chronic condition
  • 68.4% of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions and 36.4% have four or more2
  • Chronic diseases can affect a person’s ability to perform important activities, restricting their engagement in life and their enjoyment of family and friends.3

To Reduce the Costs You Pay...

  • More than two-thirds of all health care costs are for treating chronic illnesses3
  • 95% of health care costs for older Americans can be attributed to chronic disease3

To Live a Healthier Life...

  • Improve self-reported health
  • Improve health status in six indicators: fatigue, shortness of breath, depression, pain, stress, and sleep problems.
  • Improve health-related quality of life, unhealthy physical days, and unhealthy mental days.
  • Improve communication with doctors, medication compliance, and health literacy.

Current Workshops

Living Well - Yoga

Come roll out a mat or beach towel with Dr. Suzannah Bozzone and Christine Smith, and get your daily dose of yoga. Studies show yoga can improve mood, decrease anxiety and reduce stress-induced aging. Those with back, neck, and joint pain can also benefit from improved muscle tone, strength, flexibility and stability.

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:15PM and Thursdays, 6-7PM
Erlanger North Hospital, Summit Physical Therapy – 3rd floor

No registration required. Simply bring your yoga mat and large beach towel.

Living Well: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

Workshops will focus on diverse medical diagnoses such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, fatigue, social activity limitation, depression, and health distress. Each participant will receive free class materials (book, CD).

Workshop topics include:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Weight management
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Preventing falls
  • Better breathing
  • Communication skills
  • Dealing with depression
  • Physical activity and much more

Mondays, Beginning April 9 (6-week class)
Erlanger East Training Room B in Women’s Building
Leaders: Katherine Toledano and Larken Stedman

Tuesdays, Beginning April 10 (6-week class)
Erlanger East Training Room B in Women’s Building
Leaders: Janet Kramer-Mai and Michele McNabb 

Register by calling 423-778-LINK (5465) or www.erlanger.org/classes


Living Well: Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

These workshops are geared to help individuals manage their diabetes and improve their overall health. Each participant will receive free class materials (book, CD).

Workshop topics include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Preventing hypoglycemia
  • Exercise
  • Action planning
  • Problem solving
  • Managing stress
  • Medications
  • Communication skills
  • Monitoring diabetes and blood sugar
  • Preventing complications

6 weeks/ 2 ½ hours once a week

  • Dates, locations, leaders to be announced


Register by calling 423-778-LINK (5465) or www.erlanger.org/classes

NEW! Food Rx: Using Food as Medicine - A Journey Toward a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Everyone knows that eating healthy can help you feel better and maintain a healthy weight. But did you know that good nutrition can also improve chronic conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure? Healthy Eating can prevent, stabilize, or even reverse these chronic conditions.

Changing your diet can be a tall order for anyone.  We have developed the Food Rx class to give you the tools you need to feel confident in your food choices and meal preparation.  It is an exciting adventure toward better health. Best of all, a plant-based diet can be tasty, affordable, and enjoyable to eat!

What Are The Health Benefits of a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Reversal or prevention of Heart Disease and Diabetes
  • Longer Life
  • Healthier Weight
  • Lower risk of developing cancer and diabetes
  • May slow the progression of certain kinds of cancer
  • Improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fewer medications
  • Lower food costs
  • It’s GOOD for the Environment and GOOD for Animals

Topics covered in the class:  The Power of Food: What is a Whole Food Plant Based Diet? Planning a Menu, Label Reading and Shopping, How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Replacing Meat and Dairy, Dining Out, Work, and Snacks, Healthy Weight Loss, Addictive Foods, Foods That Fight Cancer, Foods for Brain Health, GI Health, Importance of Fiber, How to Prevent or Reverse Diabetes and MUCH MORE! All classes will include video, and/or guest MD speakers, group discussion and problem solving, take-home information and cooking demonstrations.

Starting March 27, 2018, 8 weeks
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30PM
Chattanooga Lifestyle Center
325 Market Street
Leaders: Christine Smith RN, BS, and Indi Maharaj RD

March 29, 2018, 8 weeks
Thursdays 11:30AM-12:30PM
Downtown YMCA
301 W 6th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
LeaderChristine Smith RN, BS

The class fee is $40. You may join the class at any time.
Call the Lifestyle Center at 778-9400 or Christine Smith at 778-3586 for more information.

Living Well - Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance is a FREE 8-week, evidence-based program geared to help individuals, 60 years of age or older who want to increase their activity level, flexibility, and balance and strength without the fear of falling.

Anyone who is concerned about falls, has sustained a fall in the past, currently restricts activity because they fear falling should attend. The program will include group discussions, exercise training, videos and more.

Upcoming Matter of Balance Workshops to be Announced


Christine Smith, RN BSN CHC
Christine Smith, RN, BSN, Certified Health Coach

Christine Ann Smith is ready to help you develop healthy, smart goals, with support, encouragement, and accountability toward your unique wellness plan.

Health Coaches provide basic education on health wellness habits and connection to other programs if needed. Prescribed treatment by the patient’s physician or provider is honored and followed. Health Coaches do not just address what needs to change. Instead, they address how people will actually implement those changes into their daily lives.

Christine can be reached at the UT Institute for Sports and Health at 423-778-3586.



1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy Aging at a Glance 2011. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2011.

2 Lochner KA, Cox CS. Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Medicare Beneficiaries, United States, 2010 Prev Chronic Dis 2013.

3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Aging and Health in America 2013. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2013