“National Health Policy: Impact, Opportunities and Challenges” – The Washington State University College of Nursing will host Deborah Trautman, executive director of the John Hopkins Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation. Trautman will speak on nursing and effects of the Affordable Care Act. This event is designed for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m., the Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. Make reservations at wsunursing2013.eventbrite.com. $60/per person; $420/per table of eight.
Health Insurance Information – Informational session about the changes in health insurance, Medicare, and the Idaho Health Exchange/Marketplace. Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. For more information, call (208) 769-2315 or email email@example.com. Free.
Dementia Seminar – Presented by the Rockwood Health System. Lunch will be provided. Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gentiva, 22820 E. Appleway Ave., Liberty Lake. Register by Friday at (509) 473-5785 or TurpinL@empirehealth.org. Free.
Think and Drink - Presented by Humanities Washington. Jeff Collins, chief medical executive with providence Health Care, and Sean Murphy, professor of health policy and administration at Washington State University, will discuss “Ills, Pills, and Bills: Why Does American Healthcare Cost So Much?” Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Lindaman’s Gourmet To Go, 1235 S. Grand Blvd. The event is free. For more information, visit humanities.org/programs/think-drink.
“How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle” - A free introduction to a series of weight-loss workshops. Sept. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ben Burr Building, 5915 S. Regal St. For more information call (509) 953-9097.
Healing Hands for Arthritis Day – Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation will host a one-day event to raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Wednesday, $10 from every one-hour massage or facial will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. Massage Envy, 920 E. Hoerner Ave., Suite 100. For more information call (509) 465-3689.
Hip and Knee Pain: Causes and Treatments – Free seminars presented by the Rockwood Health System. Thursday, 6-7 p.m., Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. For more information or registration call (509) 473-5672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sept. 25, 6-7 p.m., Deaconess Hospital Health and Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave. For more information or registration call (509) 473-7050 or email email@example.com. Registration is required for the workshops.
Understanding Depression and SAD – Friday. This free workshop, presented by Ed Hinson, will explore depression and the roles the body and the brain play. Seasonal Affective Disorder will also be discussed. St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. To register or for more information call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org.
Women’s Cancer Survivor Retreat – Friday. Get ready for a weekend of rest, reflection, sharing, massage, reflexology and much more. The facilitator is Sister Patricia Novak. The Franciscan Place, 1016 N. Superior St. To register or for more information call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org. $195/$15 due at time of registration will be applied to total, fee assistance is available.
Simplify Life, Magnify Living: Bike Riding as a Contemplative Practice – There will be time for prayer, reflection, a bike ride and sharing with others about the meditative side of cycling. Facilitated by Sister Patricia Novak. Registration is required by Monday. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Franciscan Place, 1016 N. Superior St. To register or for more information call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org. $25.
Early-Stage Alzheimer’s - The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will start a support group in Post Falls for those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their care partners. For more information and to register, call P.J. Christo at (208) 666-2996.
Yoga Fitness Classes – Gentle Yoga classes will be held Mondays, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St.; and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2733 W. Northwest Blvd. The Pilates/Yoga Blend classes will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Pilgrim Lutheran Church. For more information call (509) 294-1569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $29/six classes; $17/three classes; $7/drop-in.
Exercise for Adults – The Community Colleges of Spokane Institute of Extended Learning presents a variety of classes to keep people active this summer. Classes include stretch and flex, tai chi, T-Tapp, aqua Zumba, and ballet. For more information, please call (509) 279-6027 or email KMurray@iel.spokane.edu. To view the list of classes and/or to register, visit www.iel.spokane.edu/ACT2.
Thrive Beyond 65 - Marian Beaumier talks about strategies for living the life you want and how to overcome the obstacles keeping you from fulfillment. Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Franciscan Place, 1016 N. Superior St. Please RSVP by Sept. 25 at (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org. $20/person, includes lunch.
Alzheimer’s Association Helpline – In Spokane, call (509) 473-3390 or 24-hour help line, (800) 272-3900. Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Amputee Support Group – Support for people with amputations and their family and friends. Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m.-noon, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Visit www.stlukesrehab.org or call (509) 473-6681 for more information.
Anger Management for Men – Ongoing six-week men’s group, Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost: $15 per session or $90 for the six-week course. For more information, call (509) 483-6495.
Bone Density and Blood Pressure Screenings – Free screenings every Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. No appointment needed. Offered by Valley Hospital and Medical Center Volunteer Services; call (509) 473-5415 or email email@example.com for more information.
Breast and Cervical Health Program – Provides eligible women with free health exams and mammograms sponsored by Spokane Regional Health District. Call (509) 324-1553 or (888) 461-8876.
Children’s Environmental Health Network – Website offers information on organizations active in various fields, sources of data on child health and environmental hazards and more, www.cehn.org or call (202) 543-4033, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corbin Senior Activity Center Senior Services – Classes and groups for mental, emotional and physical health. The center also offers events, tours and meeting space. Call (509) 327-1584 or visit www.corbinseniorcenter.org for listings.
CPR, First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator Classes – Offered by the American Red Cross. Check the website for class schedules. Inland Northwest Chapter, 315 W. Nora Ave. Cost is $35-$55, call (509) 326-3330 ext. 216, or visit www.spokaneredcross.org.