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Posted: Mar 31, 2009  11:05

Sandpoint Lives Well in April

      Public Information Officer

Sandpoint—Stanford University taught Judy Totten how to live independently and happily even with a chronic condition. Judy will share what she learned at the Sandpoint Senior Center in “Living Well in Idaho,” a free six-week wellness workshop starting April 20.

“Health and wellness is definitely in my soul,” says Judy, a certified fitness trainer who has worked with seniors for nearly 30 years. “This program was made for me.”

“Living Well in Idaho” is open to anyone with a chronic condition but aimed particularly at seniors. Chronic problems are continuous and typically managed with medication. They include such conditions as allergies, fibromyalgia and even multiple sclerosis.

Workshop participants will learn the information and tools that can extend independent living. Topics include healthy eating, better breathing techniques, and how to handle depression. The workshop covers how to work with doctors, use medications and relax. Participants also discuss the value of setting weekly goals and effective problem solving.

Panhandle Health District received a grant from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in conjunction with the Administration on Aging for instructor training at Stanford, program management and technical assistance to senior centers where “Living Well in Idaho” will be offered.

Jane Ramsey and Martha Goss will join Judy in teaching the Sandpoint class.

Each “Living Well in Idaho” class is 2 ˝ hours long. The classes at the Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., will start at 9 a.m., but the first class will start at 8:30 a.m. to complete paperwork. Potential participants should call Judy at (208) 610-8836 for pre-registration and to reserve a spot. The workshop limit is 15, but more will be scheduled throughout the Panhandle in the future.

For more information, contact Cynthia Taggart at 208-415-5108, or visit


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