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Freedom from Smoking - Virtual-Live (8 Sessions)

Freedom from Smoking is the American Lung Association program designed for adults who want to quit smoking. This program has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit for good, it emphasizes understanding the psycho-social and behavioral aspects of nicotine addiction and methods to ‘kick the habit.’ A supportive group atmosphere is led by Dominican Hospital respiratory therapists.

Instructor: Cheryl Bezucha, BHSRT

Class Fee: $85, no fee for Medi-Cal Recipients 


Achieving Immune Resilience with the 8 Foundations of Health – Virtual-Live

Learn why a strong immune system is more important now than ever before, and what you can do about it. 90% of illnesses are due to lifestyle choices and can be fixed when applying the 8 foundations of health; it can bolster your immunity naturally to live the life of wellness that you desire. Take charge of your health with the information and action steps provided in this virtual class. 

Instructor: Carol Shwery, DC, CCN

Class Fee: $15 for this 1.5 hour class


Medicare 101 - Virtual-Live

Whether you’re turning 65 or helping a family member navigate the system’s complexities, understanding Medicare can be overwhelming. At this virtual seminar, a registered HICAP counselor will help demystify:

  • The A, B, C’s (and D) of Medicare
  • Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage
  • When and how to enroll
  • Choosing a drug plan
  • Supplementing Medicare

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) counselors are highly trained and registered with the California Department of Aging. HICAP is not associated with insurance companies, products or agents. HICAP of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties is a program within Senior Network Services, a community-based nonprofit organization. Class may be repeated.

Instructors: Pamela King & William Proudfoot

Class Fee: No Charge 


Healthy Bones: A Holistic Approach to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis – Virtual-Live

If you are diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis or have a family history then this virtual class will proactively teach you how to manage your bone health. The pillars of bone health include targeted nutrition, proper supplementation, specific exercises and other lifestyle choices with emphasis on stress reduction.

Instructor: Marianne Benforado, L.Ac.

Class Fee: $15 for this 1.5 hour class


Emotional Eating; Stress and Your Weight – Virtual-Live

Stress and emotional eating can cause the pounds to pile on and lessen your ability to lose weight. Learn some useful strategies and techniques for better managing your emotions for a healthier body.

Instructor: Melissa DeVera, RD, CWC, CLT

Class Fee: $20 for this 1 hour class


Reducing Inflammation with Diet – Virtual-Live

Do you suffer from a painful inflammatory condition? Our registered dietitian will teach you virtually what foods can help lower inflammation and what foods are considered pro-inflammatory.

Instructor: Melissa DeVera, RD, CWC, CLT

Class Fee: $ 20 for this 1 hour class


Immunity, Stress and Inflammation – Virtual-Live

Learn why a strong immune system is more important now than ever before, and what you can do about it. Please join this virtual class as we continue to ride the wave during this health and healthcare crisis. It’s a perfect time to learn what you can do today to bolster your health immune system and have the most resilient body you can imagine. Learn how stress affects the adrenals, the hormone cortisol and inflammation and how they directly affect the body’s ability to have a strong immune system. Discover which foods, nutrients and lifestyle solutions can help bolster your immunity today. 

Instructor: Carol Shwery, DC, CCN

Class Fee: $15 for this 1.5 hour class


Immune Rejuvenation, Hormones and Leaky Gut – Virtual-Live

Please join this virtual class as we continue to ride the wave during this health and healthcare crisis. It’s a perfect time to learn what you can do today to bolster your health immune system and have the most resilient body you can imagine. This virtual class will show you the potential root causes of the weakened immune system, and how hormones and a leaky gut can contribute to that weakening. Learn which foods, nutrients and lifestyle choices can help you bolster your immunity.  

Instructor: Carol Shwery, DC, CCN

Class Fee: $15 for this 1.5 hour class


Prediabetes: What You Need to Know - Virtual-Live

Have you been told you have prediabetes? Did you know that most people who develop type 2 diabetes had prediabetes first? The good news is, if you have prediabetes you can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes with proven lifestyle changes. Come meet virtually with our diabetes educators to learn more about the steps you can take. 

Instructors: Sherri Harrell, RD, CDE and Stacy James-Ryan, RN, CDE

Class Fee: $20 for this 2 hour class


Aging Well - Virtual-Live

Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age. Science is now proving that lifestyle choices can be as important as genetics when it comes to aging well. This virtual class will focus on building healthy habits that can give you a boost of energy and vitality, nutrition, exercise, community, mindset, and stress level-it all has an effect on how fast or slow your body ages. Learn simple ways to keep your mind and body tunes up!

Instructor: Marianne Benforado, L.Ac.

Class Fee: $15 for this 1.5 hour class


Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program - Virtual-Live (8 Sessions)

This program is designed for people experiencing stress and complements management of illness and chronic pain. It consists of training in mindfulness meditation, yoga, and group support. It is modeled after Jon Kabat-Zinn’s UMass program, featured in Bill Moyers’ “Healing and the Mind”. Participants learn life-long tools to promote wellness, even in the midst of stress, pain, and illness.

Instructors: Bob Stahl, PH.D, Jan Landry, BA, Carol Morgan, MA, Tammie Rose, MA

Class Fee: $25 for 24 CEU’s for MFT, LCSW, LPCC, & LEP Provide CAMFT # 136535
Class Fee: $25 for 24 CEU’s for RN’s, Provider # CEP15967