Sequoia Healthcare District’s Living Healthy workshop made a difference in both my husband’s and my life. It taught me different ways to cope. I am very happy that I took this class with my husband.” — Carol Labarthe
Sequoia Healthcare District’s Living Healthy workshops consist of 7 once-a-week classes covering a wide variety of health issues. Each class lasts 90 minutes and is available free of charge to District residents. The workshops are designed to motivate and provide strategies to anyone who has made a commitment to improving their health. It is an ideal program for those living with, or at risk of developing, a chronic condition or taking care of someone with a chronic condition.
- Fridays March 10 to April 21 – noon-1:30 – Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas — Belmont
- Mondays April 3 to May 15 – 10-11:30 am – Little House, 800 Middle Ave. — Menlo Park
To register for a class, contact Lee Michelson at (650) 421-2155 Ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Healthy classes are led by a professional health educator who encourages participants to share their health concerns and suggestions. Discussions are lively and sometimes very personal but no one is required to share beyond their level of comfort.
Sessions focus on providing tools and a better understanding of the following topics:
(1) managing stress and pain,
(2) engaging in physical activities,
(3) enjoying healthy eating,
(4) engaging in effective communication with healthcare providers, and
(5) improving self-confidence, sleep and memory.
Classes are held at various community settings within the boundaries of the Sequoia Healthcare District and classes are limited to 16 participants.
For more information on upcoming classes call Lee Michelson at 650-421-2155 ext. 202.
Meet the Living Healthy health educators
Nancy Evans, M.P.H.
I became committed to the health and wellness field in my 20’s, primarily inspired by living with Type I insulin-dependent diabetes since age 7. The motivation to stay healthy with diabetes drove my commitment to exercising regularly, eating healthy, managing stress and managing all aspects of my chronic condition. My commitment to maintaining these healthy actions since childhood has proven to be tremendously positive. These personal experiences led to my dedication to work in the field of health education and wellness. Since getting my Masters degree in Public Health, I’ve worked at the University of California-San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, taught at the university level, directed a project at the San Francisco Health Department, and created and directed a non-profit organization that specialized in health and wellness for adolescents. Over two years ago, I researched and developed the Living Healthy program for the Sequoia District. Since then, I’ve been conducting the 7-session program for adults in San Mateo County. Conducting Living Healthy to adults in my community has been tremendously fulfilling, as I see renewed motivation, self-confidence and tangible accomplishments in participants’ health and well-being. These benefits have a ripple effect as they reach many of their friends and family members, as well. Along with working as a Health Coach for individuals, conducting the Living Healthy program is what I now do – and I love it!
I am a program facilitator for the Sequoia Healthcare District. I received my BA in English, and a technical writing certificate, from CSU Chico in 1993 and have since worked as a grant writer, office manager, software release coordinator, technical writer, event coordinator, convention organizer and bookkeeper. One of my most rewarding jobs was for the non-profit, The San Francisco Development Fund, creating and implementing innovative housing programs with the Federal Reserve Bank. I am an active walker, school volunteer and Girl Scout Troop leader. I currently reside in San Carlos with my husband, our 3 children and a few cats.
Linda Kendrix Burroughs
I have served as a Speech Therapist for special needs children and adults, a nonprofit Fundraising Executive and a corporate Community Relations Specialist. However throughout my journey, all of my volunteer activities have centered around mindful eating and exercise. First as a volunteer Aerobic Instructor at the community center and currently as Chair of the Health Ministry at my church as well as providing healthy cooking demos for teens and for special needs adults. Being a Healthy Living Workshop Assistant is a natural evolution for me. I am a believer in passing on the benefits and the sheer joy of exercise and creative healthy cooking.
Bonnie Scott, Ph.D.
Throughout my adult life, the issues I am most curious about center on some aspect of the human experience. For decades now, I have been passionate about research involving anything physiological, mental, emotional, interpersonal, or sociological. Some of this curiosity stemmed from a general interest as a student, while some of it certainly arose from becoming a mother, as well as from addressing past struggles with my own physical health. My personal path has always had a hearty focus on nutrition, healing methods, physical movement therapies, and stress reduction. With a Ph.D. in Psychology from The Graduate Center at CUNY, I have had the opportunity to explore this particular area in depth, continuing to hone my skills as a family and youth researcher and education evaluator. My professional experience includes being a Project Director of evaluation at WestEd, an educational research lab in San Francisco, as well as a Senior Program Officer for the Thrive Foundation for Youth, a foundation in Menlo Park that supports practices to help youth reach their full potential.
What brings me the most joy is working directly with others to create a community of learning around issues they are interested in exploring. Whether that is in the field of education, psychology, health, child development, or evaluation, my main concern is to provide information that is useful, and facilitate discussion that can meet people’s needs. It is very important to me that discussions are grounded in people’s experience as well as grounded in research. I am always interested in sharing new research findings and equally interested in what practices we discover for ourselves. I love facilitating the Living Healthy program in our community and participating in this unique process of discovery, accomplishment, and support.