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Arthritis Self-Help Course

Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend will offer the Arthritis Foundation's Self-Help Program for six Mondays, August 31 to October 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the hospital's EMS Training Room. Grace Cottage Hospital physical therapist Sindy Hassig, a certified Arthritis Foundation leader, will conduct the program.

The class focuses on how to manage arthritis and lead a more active, fulfilling life. Family, friends, and caregivers can benefit from the training as well.

This highly-effective program was developed at Stanford University in 1979 for people with all types of arthritis and related conditions, including fibromyalgia.

Through engaging group discussion and easy-to-understand course materials, participants learn about joint anatomy and joint protection, as well as the importance of exercise, weight control, nutrition, stress reduction, relaxation, taking medications properly, and better communication with doctors.

Pre-registration is required for this program; call 365-3649 by Friday, August 28. The course book costs $25, but this fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship.

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