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Classes for people managing health conditions

A series of free classes designed for people who are learning to self-manage an ongoing health condition.

Scheduled Tuesdays from 2-4:30 p.m. at Hilltop Health Care Center. You must sign up by calling Hilltop at (320) 764-2300 prior to class to register.

Classes run July 15, 22, 29,
Aug. 5, 12, and 19 of 2014.


July 23: Blood Drive at Watkins

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Watkins Village Hall from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may at, or by calling (320) 764-7251 or (320) 764-9163.


July 11: Beyond brain games

Brain health as you age

Challenging your brain keeps it sharp as you age. Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Whitney Senior Center to learn how to maintain peak brain function as you age, and how to ward off stroke – the fourth leading cause of death nationwide. Melissa Freese, RN, stroke care specialist will discuss brain games, from your daily crosswords to the new Luminosity craze, to strengthen your brain. Free. No registration needed. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center. For more information, please call (320) 255-7245.


Classes offered at Hilltop Health Care Center

Series designed for people learning to self-manage an ongoing health condition

This series will be six weeks of classes covering new self-care topics each week, each class about a 2.5 hour commitment and presented at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. This is free and open to the public, all expenses, snacks, books, and instructors have been paid for by two sponsors Meeker Memorial Hospital and Hilltop Health Care Center.

This program was developed at Stanford University and has been offered at hundreds of locations throughout the United States. It is designed for any person who wants a more active role in their own health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression, or any other chronic condition.

For more information or to be notified when dates and times are announced, please sign up in the front office at Hilltop with LouAnn. Dates and times will be posted in the next few weeks. Please watch for more information coming soon. Please indicate if a morning, afternoon, or evening class would be preferred.

A Walk Through Depression April 30

Real men, real stories

This discussion is free and open to the public 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Holy Cross Parish, 10651 County Road 8,

Depression is a common and damaging health condition impacting more than 15 million Americans each year, and remains misunderstood and often in the shadows of discussions. When ignored, depression hurts not only the individual suffering, but their family, friends and community.

Holy Cross Parish welcomes Mike Beardsley, Bill Dehkes, and Mark Meier from the Face It Foundation for an evening of stories, fellowship, and an honest discussion about depression and suicide.

For more information, contact Face It Foundation at (612) 789-9897, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .