Health Promotion Programs
Walworth County partners with Wisconsin Institute for Health Aging (WIHA) to provide multiple self-management health promotion classes for older adults. Self-management programs help people with chronic (or ongoing) health conditions with tools to understand and manage their condition. Evidence-based classes are researched, undergone randomized control trials and have been implemented in a community setting. The interventions have been proven to be effective in preventing disease and improving health. Please visit Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging for a list of all currently scheduled programs.
We currently offer the following programs on an annual basis:
Healthy Living with Diabetes (HLWD) is an evidence-based workshop for people who have diabetes. The workshop meets for 2-1/2 hours, once a week, for six weeks. This community-based program offers tools and resources to enhance your understanding of what it means to have diabetes. Group support helps you build the confidence to manage your diabetes and maintain an active and fulfilling life. It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a small group setting. Each week has various topics related to mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Gain knowledge, share your experience, practice new skills, and help others. At a Healthy Living with Diabetes workshop, you’ll do more than learn about your condition. You’ll practice strategies, support others, and gain new tools to take better care of yourself.
Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder (MOM) is a researched and proven program designed to give women the tools they need to take control of bladder and bowel leakage. Join a MOM workshop and learn strategies for preventing or lessening symptoms including information sharing, group activities, simple exercises, and dietary changes. With practice, these new skills are proven to help you avoid or reduce leakage so you can keep doing the things that matter most to you. There are 3 sessions, each lasting 2 hours, every other week for one month. The program is limited to 8-12 women to foster trust & privacy. The course is led by a trained female facilitator. Research has shown taking MOM improves bladder symptoms for 71% of participants and bowel symptoms for 55%.
You may not even think of yourself as a caregiver – you’re simply helping someone you love. But when the stresses and difficulties that often come with caregiving become overwhelming, it’s important to take care of yourself too. That’s where Powerful Tools for Caregivers © (PTC) comes in.
In just six weeks, Powerful Tools for Caregivers can help you identify and manage the physical, emotional and financial challenges that family caregiving can present and connects you with other caregivers who are facing some of the same feelings and problems you may be facing. The workshop does not teach hands-on care or focus on disease or other conditions, but rather helps the caregiver cope with the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of being a caregiver.
Adults Managing Caregiver Stress - February 1, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Walworth County Health and Human Services, 1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn. For more information, view the program flyer.
Stepping On brings together the life experience of its participants and the expertise of community professionals. From the first session, participants put new skills to use. Group members set short term goals each week – goals that focus on life activities that are most important to them. Physical therapists, pharmacists and other experts help the group adapt fall prevention practices for individual needs and levels. A 7-week (one 2-hour session per week) falls prevention program conducted by trained leaders, and specially designed for adult learners. Stepping On has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31%.
Living with arthritis pain can be debilitating and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program is proven to make a big difference in your health – and your life. In just 6 weeks, you’ll learn strategies to better manage your arthritis and experience how moving can make a different in your life and health. Take of your health and get back to doing the things that matter to you. It’s also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit. Sessions consist of group discussion and walking.
Become a Safer & More Confident Driver
- The course is 100% online and self-paced
- Learn about skills and strategies you can use on the road every day
- Discover defensive driving techniques to help you deal with aggressive drivers
- Explore local laws and traffic rules for drivers
- Get tips for proper maintenance of your vehicle so it’s safe before you drive