Back To School, For Your Health

Sep 5, 2014

It's back to school time for kids, of course (and teachers). But perhaps it's time to head back into the classroom or lecture hall yourself.

Need a refresher course in keeping healthy? Strategies for coping with chronic disease? Or perhaps you'd like to learn more about the vaccinations you need, or how to be a brand new parent. Whatever your curiosity or particular health challenge, there's probably a class, lecture, or program out there to help you.

In Rhode Island, opportunities abound. That's because most hospitals offer community education of some sort, nonprofit social service agencies often hold special events, and our colleges and universities frequently open their doors to the public for lectures on a variety of academic - including health and science - topics. I just happened to see a bunch of notices about new events or classes starting this fall and thought I'd list just a sampling here. Know of another that might appeal to our audience? Let me know.

- In Central Falls, A Spanish-language "Wellness Lecture Series" is underway and continuing this fall at social service agency Progreso Latino. In partnership with Memorial Hospital, the lectures cover vaccines, breast and lung cancer, and lower back pain. More information on this .pdf flyer.

- Westerly Hospital is holding a five-week diabetes education program that starts soon. Check it out here.

- Most hospitals, in fact, offer classes, lectures, and other events to help you manage your health, adjust to new circumstances (like parenthood), or more. Care New England hospitals like Women and Infants list all of their events and classes, for instance, here.

- The YMCA isn't just for swimming or working out. The organization has gotten into the health and wellness business, offering programs in diabetes management, cancer survival, and more. Start here for more information.

- Interested in a broader perspective? At Brown University, you can catch lectures in biology and medicine practically all the time. For instance, this Global Health Initiative lecture series, coming up, includes talks on Ebola, Brazil's health system, and HIV and aging.