A combination of interactive classroom and support group, the program will cover topics such as setting realistic, achievable goals; emotional eating versus physical hunger; healthy alternatives to common foods; and implementing healthy coping skills.
Participants can apply what they learn to achieve goals of their choice, such as smoking cessation, losing weight, stress management and improving overall health and wellness.
Jess Johnson, library associate and teen programming coordinator, leads the group and will draw on her experience of working and volunteering in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. Johnson will teach and facilitate this program which she has done at least twice in the past.
The class will run from mid-August to approximately mid-November every Monday evening, time TBD by the group at orientation. Each graduate of the program will receive a certificate and graduation gift. A follow-up meeting after the holidays is also planned to help people stay “on track” with the healthy changes they have made, and gauge whether there would be interest for a support group for graduates.”