WVU Health Sciences Wellness Program offering stress management, healthy eating classes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – If your New Year’s resolutions included reducing your stress and eating better, The Wellness Program at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center could be your ticket to success.

The Wellness Program and Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield have partnered to provide two four-week classes – Discover Relaxation Within and Eat Well for Life – that aim to help you feel better.

Discover Relaxation Within will help with everyday stressors.

“It’s a combination of learning to recognize the triggers that cause stress and learning mechanisms and techniques to manage them,” Dave Harshbarger, manager of The Wellness Program, said.

The class is scheduled on four consecutive Mondays, beginning Jan. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the doctors’ dining room on the fourth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital. The deadline to register for the class is Jan. 22.

Eat Well for Life is a specially designed program to help you discover easy meal planning tools, smart shopping strategies and healthy ways to cook great-tasting foods.

It will be offered on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning Feb. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the John E. Jones Conference Center, which is located on the ground floor of the Health Sciences building. The deadline to register is Feb. 8.

For members of Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the classes are free. The cost of each course for non members is $60, which includes all four classes and materials.

“These programs are unique because they are being provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield - an insurance company that is promoting prevention and not just treatment for good health,” Harshbarger said.

For more information on the classes, including registration, call 304-293-2520.

For more information on The Wellness Program see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 01-13-10

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