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.
- Thursdays January 28 to March 10 – 10:30am-noon – PJCC — Foster City
- Mondays March 7 to April 18 – 10:30am-noon – Little House — Menlo Park
- Mondays March 7 to April 18 – 1-2:30pm – Sequoia YMCA — Redwood City
- Tuesdays March 22 to May 3 – 12:30 – 2pm – North Fair Oaks Community Center — Redwood City
- Wednesdays March 23 to May 4 – 1-2:30pm — Sequoia Healthcare District — Redwood City
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.
I am a passionate and enthusiastic Health Educator, committed to bringing the best practices in health and wellness to diverse communities throughout the Bay Area. Helping others make changes to improve physical and emotional health has been the focus of my work for over 20 years. As an undergraduate student of Psychology in the 1970’s I was influenced by the Holistic Health movement honoring mind, body and spirit, as well as the natural foods movement, emphasizing a return to organic, whole and unprocessed foods. Though I have given up the tie die shirts and Birkenstock sandals, the emphasis on living a balanced life regarding exercise, diet, stress reduction, and emotional intelligence is core to the work I do now. Since earning a Master’s Degree in Health Education, I have spent my professional life in the non-profit public health arena as a Program Manager and Health Educator. I have served both adults and youth in a variety of specialty areas that emphasize self-empowerment and self-advocacy, including: nutrition and wellness education, HIV/AIDS services, drug and alcohol addiction, Life Skills training, and conflict resolution for families experiencing divorce. I was thrilled to join the Sequoia team in Spring 2014 as a Health Educator for the Healthy Living Workshops. In addition, I continue to work for Public Health Institute, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s Kids’ Turn program, and Bayhill High School.
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.