Health Promotion Workshops

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The ADRC regularly teams up with partners in the community, as well as the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, to provide evidence-based health and wellness programs. These programs are designed to help you live a healthier lifestyle, maintain your independence, and support your mental and physical well-being.

See below for program descriptions, future workshop dates and times, and how to get involved and register!

Click here to go to the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) website to see a list of all the workshops in Wisconsin.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week workshop for unpaid family caregivers. There are now two versions of this workshop one focused on family caregivers of older adults (the original Powerful Tools for Caregivers) and one for family caregivers of children (both minor and adult) with special needs (Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs). Booth versions provide caregivers with the tools they need to better care for themselves during their caregiving journey. By taking care of their own physical, emotional and financial needs, the family caregiver becomes a better caregiver.

Are you helping a spouse, partner, parent, or friend? Someone who lives at home or in a nursing facility? Is someone close by or across the country? Do you have a child with special needs? It doesn’t matter. This program will help you cope with the challenges that come with your added role of caregiver.

The workshop will give you tools to:

  • Reduce stress, guilt, anger, and depression
  • Manage your time, set goals, and solve problems
  • Master caregiver transitions
  • Make tough decisions
  • Communicate effectively with your care receiver, family members, doctors, and paid helpers

For more information about the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program or to find an open class, you can visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging website or the Powerful Tools National Organization.

The ADRC’s arthritis-friendly senior fitness fall-prevention class is an evidence-based program, based on and expanding from the Arthritis Foundation’s Exercise Program. We have partnered with senior fitness organization Live 2 B Healthy to offer this ongoing class to help improve balance, strength, and flexibility and empower you to stay healthy and independent.

The course is facilitated by a nationally certified trainer with progress tracking available. Located at the Osceola Community Church, classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm. To register contact Kelly Nygard at or 612-751-9151.

The Extension StrongBodies Program is based on the StrongWomen Program that was created by Professors Miriam E. Nelson and Rebecca Seguin. StrongBodies will catalyze positive change in people of all ages to live stronger, healthier lives by providing knowledge, inspiration, access to programs, and ongoing support.

The StrongBodies Program is based upon research on how strength training and proper nutrition improves health outcomes for people of all ages. Over 16,000 participants have reported improved muscle strength, dynamic balance, flexibility, endurance; increases in participants’ knowledge of health and nutrition best practices; and increases social connection, leading to overall improved health conditions outcomes (decrease in osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and depression).

This program is offered periodically through the University of Wisconsin – Extension in conjunction with the ADRC. Current classes are listed below:

No Classes Currently Offered

The ADRC offers a fixed number of vouchers each year for a program called Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less. It is a 15-week virtual fitness program enrolled in by an individual with a new session beginning each month. Participants can elect one of multiple time slots to enroll in a class that fits their schedule. You may attend the class on your computer, laptop, smartphone, iPad or tablet. You are not required to have a microphone or a camera in order to participate in the program. All communication on the participant end is done through typing in the chat box on the screen. The program operates through Zoom.

Each lesson teaches foundational skills, focuses on sustainable changes, and is delivered in an interactive real-time format with a live instructor. This is an evidence-based program facilitated by North Carolina State University. More information is available HERE.

Each lesson includes:

  • Information about why the behavior is important for weight loss/maintenance
  • Practical strategies for adopting the behavior
  • 3-5 minute physical activity break
  • Ways concepts can be adopted by the whole family
  • Opportunity for sharing and celebrating
  • Suggestions for living mindfully
  • Guided discussion of strategy for the week

Available Vouchers: 0 (8/1/23)

Due to volunteer shortages Stepping On has been suspended. If you are interested in working with the ADRC to become a trained facilitator, please contact Symone Sine at 715-485-8449.

Due to volunteer shortages Healthy Living with Diabetes has been suspended. If you are interested in working with the ADRC to become a trained facilitator, please contact Symone Sine at 715-485-8449.


Contact the ADRC if you are interested in attending a workshop.