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Wellness education at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center includes a variety of activities and educational opportunities promoting prevention and self-care of many health conditions. A physician's referral is required for some health education programs. Check each listing for contact information, dates and times.
Baby Your Back
This prenatal class educates women about the causes of low back pain during
pregnancy, what can be done to relieve it, and how to ensure the best postpartum
recovery. Offered monthly. A physician referral is required.
Call: Northwest Physical Therapy Services at 206-368-6032 for a registration
packet or more information.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program designed for patients with cardiac disease.
The goal is to restore function following a cardiac event: a heart attack, cardiac
surgery, or newly diagnosed heart disease. In addition to the primary focus
of restoring function and prescribing exercise, cardiac rehab assists participants
in identifying their cardiac risk factors (smoking, abnormal cholesterol levels,
high blood pressure, lack of exercise, being overweight, diabetes control),
and modifying lifestyle behavior, with the hope of enhancing their quality of
life. Group support and encouragement is an added benefit of this 8-12 week
program. Cost: Call for details. Physician referral is required. Usually covered
by medical insurance.
Call: Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at 206-368-6550 for date, times,
and to register.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Adults
Be prepared. Learn CPR from Medic II firefighters. Attendees will receive a
participatory card. Cost: Free (donations accepted). Pre-registration is required.
Space is limited. Offered: Third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Call: Educational Services Department at 206-368-1564 to register.
Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Modeled on the internationally known Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass Medical School, this experiential class will introduce you to mindfulness practices which will help you to develop more resiliency to the stressors in your life.
The class consists largely of heavily guided mindfulness practices such as gentle yoga and meditation as well as participant sharing of their experiences as they incorporate the practices into their daily life. Each participant will receive written materials, including a home practice DVD.
Class Instructor: Kathy Heffernan, MAPS, BCC
Kathy has had many years of meditation practice and brings to her MBSR training over 12 years as a hospital chaplain working with patients living with chronic pain and illness.
Dates: Four consecutive Thursday evenings, February 20-March 13th, 6:30-9:00
Also includes a half-day mindfulness retreat on Saturday, March 8th, from 9:30-2 pm.
Space is very limited. Please call class instructor at 206-920-4791 to register.
Food & Nutrition Services offers outpatient nutrition education to help
you plan healthy, nutritious meals according to your dietary needs. Our registered
dietitians will work with you to design a meal plan to meet your individualized
needs. Many insurance carriers reimburse you for nutrition consultations if
your physician has ordered the service to help treat a specific medical condition.
Call: Food & Nutrition Services at 206-368-1919
Parkinson's Cycling Class
The Parkinsonís Cycling Class is a unique forced-pace, stationary tandem cycling class designed for people with Parkinsonís disease. Classes are three days a week for an eight week session. Pre-registration is required.
Call: 206-368-5933 for more information.
PIP – The Parkinson’s Interdisciplinary Program
PIP provides a comprehensive approach to managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s,
thus enabling people with Parkinson’s to live as independently as possible.
The program involves assessments by Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy,
and Speech-Language Services, and a customized treatment plan.
Call: Center for Rehabilitation at 206-368-1769 for more information.
S.A.G.E. -- Safety and Gait Enhancement
The S.A.G.E. program is designed to reduce the risk for injurious falls by improving
balance and mobility skills. The program involves an initial assessment, weekly
therapy sessions for 4-8 weeks, and an exercise program to do daily at home.
Call: Center for Rehabilitation at 206-368-1769 for a brochure or more
Weight Loss Surgery Education
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You?
Join us for a free informational seminar to learn more about: weight loss surgery options and risks; patient selection criteria; nutritional requirements; and insurance coverage. Question and answer segment to follow each talk. All sessions are free and are held on the Northwest Hospital Campus.
Call: 206-368-1350 if you have questions.
Yoga For People
Specially modified yoga classes for people with Parkinsonís disease. Taught by a certified yoga instructor. Drop-ins welcome.
Please call 206-719-8007 for more information and to confirm location of class.