Health Promotion Classes

DCSL’s Health Promotion Classes are evidence-based courses that support positive health behaviors and provide older adults with tools to take charge of their health. 

Health promotion classes provide information and resources that support healthy, active, and independent lifestyles.

Health Promotion Classes include: 

Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention:

Developed by Dr. Paul Lam at the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), the program utilizes Sun style tai chi. Sun tai chi utilizes mindful movements to improve relaxation, includes a common follow-step, which improves balance and strength, and has a higher stance, which allows the movements to be more comfortable and safer for older adults. The movements are taught to both left and right sides and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility and offer a variety of combinations.

Walk With Ease:

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program is a community-based physical activity and self-management education program. While walking is the central activity, Walk With Ease is a multi-component program that also includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. The program includes a guidebook and a walking schedule to get you safely moving toward better health.  This workshop meets for one hour, three times a week, for six weeks.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver. Six class sessions held once a week are led by experienced class leaders. Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program:

This group exercise program originally developed by the Arthritis Foundation involves weekly classes for persons living with arthritis. Carefully trained instructors assemble exercise and movement routines for each class from a list of some 90 different exercises to be performed while participants are seated or standing as appropriate. Classes also include endurance and/or balance building activities, relaxation techniques, and  health education segments.

A Matter of Balance Program:

This program emphasizes practical strategies that boost participants’ strength and balance through specialized exercises and other activities. It is designed to help reduce the incidence of falls and the fear of falling. The workshops take place over a four week period and consist of eight 2-hour sessions.



This program strategically combines the game of bingo, exercise, and health education. Trained lay leaders may select between three separate 10-week units that focus on exercise-only, exercise and falls prevention, or exercise and nutrition.

The Living Healthy-Chronic Disease Self Management Program:

This program is designed to help participants address their health issues by identifying the barriers that impede the successful management of their issues and developing action plans that will lead to better symptom management and improved health. The workshops take place once a week for six weeks. Each session is 2 1/2 hours long and is facilitated by two trained leaders.
Subjects include:
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with friends, family, and health care providers
  • Appropriate exercise
  • Nutrition -making informed treatment decisions


To learn more about our Health Promotion Classes:
Contact DCSL’s Health Promotion Coordinator :
(919) 688-8247 ext. 114 |