Community Wellness Workshops


Learn How To Manage Your Health, Not Let Your Health Manage You

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If you, or someone you care for, is dealing with a chronic condition such as diabetes or arthritis, you’ll know that it can often feel like illness is taking over your life, making even the most ordinary daily chores seem impossible. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to feel better, improve your quality of life and take control of your health, rather than letting it take control of you.

Our workshops are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to manage your chronic condition, maintain independence and make a genuine difference to your life. Each program lasts for 2 ½ hours once a week, for six weeks.

Led by experienced trainers, many of whom have the same chronic condition as you, these fun, sociable workshops take place in community settings like churches, senior centers and libraries across LA County.

Check out the experiences of people who have taken control of their health on our Lives Changed pages.

Getting Started

Our workshops are broken down into three types: Physical Activity & Fall Preventions Programs, including the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Community Wellness Programs, including Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Diabetes Self-Management Program, and Caregiver Support & Memory Programs.

You can read descriptions of each workshop we offer below, or check out the California Healthier Living website, which contains program descriptions and a searchable database of workshops by county. If you’re not finding one in your area, please call 818 408 5219 or email us at as there may be a workshop that is not listed on the website.

Community Wellness Programs

Healthier Living – Healthier Living is a program specially developed for people with chronic health conditions. The workshop provides support for normal daily activities and dealing with the emotions created by chronic conditions. It also addresses topics such as nutritious eating and relaxation techniques. A Spanish-language version of this program, Tomando Control de su Salud, is also available.

Diabetes Self-Management Program – Learn to take charge and control of your diabetes, understand and deal with your emotions, manage medications, make weekly action plans for exercise and healthy eating and how to communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program – Do you have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain? This workshop will help you develop new coping skills. People who have attended this workshop report that they have more energy, experience less pain and depend less on others. They also enjoy improved mental health, more satisfaction with their lives and more involvement in everyday activities compared to people who have not taken the workshop.

Physical Activity & Fall Prevention Programs

A Matter of Balance – A Matter of Balance is a program for people who have fallen in the past, have a risk of falling and who may be reducing their activities due to a fear of falling. You’ll learn to change your environment to reduce fall risk factors, to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set goals to increase activity and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program – The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program offers low-impact exercises and gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion, and to help maintain muscle strength. Developed specifically for people with arthritis, the program can also help those without arthritis. Different classes are available to suit your fitness level with exercises that can be done while sitting, standing or on the floor.

Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program – The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program was developed to help individuals create and implement a walking plan to meet their particular needs. This program encourages participants to stay motivated, manage their pain and learn to exercise safely to keep muscles strong and joints stable. The program helps boost participant energy, reduce stress and control weight.

Caregiving & Memory Programs

Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an education program focusing on the needs of the caregiver. Learn to develop self-care tools to manage and reduce stress, communicate your needs to family members and healthcare providers, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. This workshop series has been shown to significantly improve the caregiver’s emotional state, including reduced anger, guilt and depression.

Savvy Caregiver – Savvy Caregiver is a workshop series focusing on the needs of a caregiver for a relative or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The program trains the caregiver for the unfamiliar role they face in caring for their loved one. The program centers on helping caregivers think about their situation objectively and providing them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to manage stress and fulfill the caregiving role effectively.

UCLA Memory Training – The UCLA Memory Training is an innovative educational program for people with age-related memory concerns. In small groups, participants engage in memory quizzes and skill-building exercises through a combination of presentations with group discussions. This program focuses on teaching new skills in a low stress, fun environment.

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