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 When we find something useful that will make you stronger, more balanced and happier, we’ll post it here.

Tai Chi for Arthritis Classes:

-Kaumakani Neighborhood Center Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:30 am

Contact Sandr,a 335-5770

-Koloa Neighborhood Center Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm

Contact Rose, 346-7520 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm

-Lihue, For schedule contact Rose, 346-7520

-Kapaa Neighborhood Center Monday 11 am – noon

Contact Deborah, 651-4534 Friday 10:30-11:30 am

-Kapahi Tuesday, 4-5 pm

Contact Deborah, 651-4534

What: Parkinson’s Support Group

When: Last Tuesday monthly 5-6 p.m.

Where: Regency at Pua’ kea, 2130 Kaneka St. Lihue

Contact- James White:  kauaipdsg@gmail.com

What: 6-Week Better Choices Workshop

When: Contact Johnny to register

Do you have diabetes or are caring for someone with diabetes? Do you have health goals you want to work on? Want to learn more about your health condition and ways to take charge in managing for your good health? Eating healthier or starting to exercise again? The Better Choices, Better Health for Diabetes (BCBH) workshops can help you. The Better Choices, Better Health workshops were developed by Stanford University; they are also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management programs. The workshops and material were tested and have been proven to help participants better manage their health.

The County of Kauai Agency on Elderly Affairs will be offering the next Better Choices, Better Health workshop series to start this month. Participants attend 6 sessions, held once week for a 2 ½ hour period.

Days: Call for next scheduled class

Time: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Place: County Piikoi Building Conference Room A 4444 Rice St., Lihue (across the street from the Lihue Post Office)

Registration is required. Call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470. Persons needing an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support should call 241-4470, at least seven calendar days before the event. More Information on the Better Choices, Better Health programs (known as Chronic Disease Self-Management programs by the developers) can be found at the Stanford University website: http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html

What: Nordic Walking Class

When: 5-6 p.m. On going classes Eastside and North Shore

Where: Kauai Community College

Nordic Walking employs poles for greater strength and endurance. Esti Grinpas of Kapaa, teaches a 4-week class for a pittance: $10 for intermediate students wishing to join the class for the Walk Club, or $25 for new and continuing students craving more instruction. You will not only spend time in the beautiful outdoors of Kauai, you’ll learn the technique of walking with poles. It’s fun, social and improves balance and confidence. Poles provided for class. Six 1-hour classes for $35.

Pre-registration required. Learn more about upcoming classes by emailing: esti@bobstropicals.com.

What: Princeville Kupuna Group Bingo

When: 1030 a.m. to 1230, the second Tuesday monthly

Join in on the fun at the Princeville Community Center, across from the library, for healthy, generous snacks, prizes and laughs. The group meets monthly for Bingo and are open to other games or themes for this active group of residents. Call 826-6687 for more information. Visit princevillecommunity.com for a calendar of Princeville Community Center events.

Pu`uwai Cancer Survivor Paddling Group

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays; ongoing. Paddling season is January to October

Pu’uwai Canoe Club is forming a cancer survivors group at the Wailua River in Kapa’a. It is modeled after the Mana`olana Maui group.  Our mission is to cultivate hope, health, fitness and fun for cancer survivors and supporters.

Utilize traditional Hawaiian Outrigger canoes to encourage physical exercise, build confidence and friendships. We prove, by example, that exercise can make a difference and demonstrate that persons living with and recovering from this disease can lead full and active lives.

Become a Pink Paddler and join Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club on January 20 at the Wailua River at 5 PM.  Directions: Pu’uwai Canoe club is located at the mouth of the Wailua River on the Mauka side of the highway and the north (Safeway) side of the river. From Kuhio highway turn uphill on Ku`amoo road and turn left onto Wailua Road which is directly across from the old Cocoa Palms Hotel parking. Park your car in the large parking area across from the green Smith’s Ticket Office on that corner and walked straight down to the Wailua River. We will meet at Pu`uwai canoes near the bridge.

Membership is open to cancer survivors, supporters and their friends. Make a difference for yourself an others. For more information, call Brian Curll at 808- 635-6311, Bcurll@aol.com

Helpful gatherings:

If you’re a caregiver in need  of blowing off  a little steam and receiving some emotional support, there’s a group meeting from 530 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays every month at Kauai Hospice in Lihue. For more information call 245-7277.

Did you know we have a very active Alzheimer’s Association on Kauai? Call Humberto Blanco for information on support, training or counseling, 245-3200.