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Living Well Workshops

These evidence-based programs are free, or available at a nominal cost, to help you manage chronic conditions and improve your overall health.

Food Rx



Living Well - Yoga

Come roll out a mat or beach towel 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, 12:30-1:30PM and Thursdays, 6-7PM
Erlanger North Hospital, Summit Physical Therapy – 3rd floor

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00PM from Sept. 12-Oct.17
Erlanger East Hospital, Lobby

No registration required. Simply bring your yoga mat.

Living Well with Chronic Disease: Self-Management Workshop

Free workshop 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

Starts April 25, 2019 from 9-11:30AM once a week for 6 weeks at the Eastgate Senior Center, 5600 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37411

Contact Christine Smith a 423-778-3586 or Megan Vermeer (YMCA North River) at 423-877-3517

Living Well with Diabetes: Self-Management Workshop

These evidence-based 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

Schedule to be announced

Contact:  Christine Smith at 423-778-3586

Food Rx - 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.

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

April 23-June 18, 2019
Chattanooga Lifestyle Center
325 Market Street

April 24-June 19, 2019
Downtown YMCA
301 W 6th Street

The class fee is $60 as there will be food tastings. You may join the class at any time.

Contact Christine Smith at 423-778-3586 for more information or to enroll.

Other Living Well Events

  • Chattanooga Brain Injury Association Conference, April 10, 2019, from 7:15AM-4:45PM at the Colonnade Center in Ringgold, GA.  Dr. Suzannah Bozzone and Chris Smith will be presenting “Food for Thought - Impact of Nutrition on Brain Recovery” - Learn More
  • Healthy Kids Day, North River YMCA, 10AM-1PM, April 27, 2019 - Learn More
  • Eating for Surviving Cancer, YMCA, April 29, 2019 - Contact Christine Smith RN, BS, to learn more at 423-778-3586


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

Christine Ann Smith RN, BS, 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 Erlanger Sports and Health Institute 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