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Tai Chi for beginners

Mondays, Jan. 27-Mar. 30, 5-6 p.m. Tai Chi practice offers many benefits to improve your health, such as mental clarity, flexibility and muscle toning. This class can be adapted for all ages and stages of life. Tai Chi is also a movement form of meditation that harnesses the energy from our universe that can be used to benefit the mind, body and soul. Registration is required and a fee is charged. Lincoln Land Community College, Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. llcc.edu. 217-786-2200.



Hands-on health care: Medical education

Tue., Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. Participants will gain an understanding of the education needed to become a practicing physician, including undergraduate education, medical school and residency programs. Sessions will include presentations from practicing physicians, panel discussions with current medical students and interactive stations to introduce participants to some of the common procedures performed by residents and physicians. Free. SIU Medical Library, 801 N. Rutledge St., fourth floor. siumed.edu. 217-588-6254.

Managing Your Migraines: Yoga

Tue., Feb. 4, 6-7:15 p.m. Join an instructor from Aah Yoga in a free stress-reducing yoga session. Come dressed in yoga-appropriate clothes and bring your own yoga mat. Registration is required. Springfield Clinic 1st, 800 N. First St., fourth floor lobby. springfieldclinic.com. 217-391-3459.

Exercise for weight loss results

Tue., Feb. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Chad Marschik, exercise physiologist and owner of Body Symmetry, will discuss strength training, fat metabolization and other tips for effective weight loss. Free. Pure Synergy Massage, 2201 W. White Oaks Dr. puresynergymassage.com. 217-679-3156.



Prairie Heart Foundation State of the Heart Celebration

Sat., Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Foundation is commemorating 40 years of service to our patients and their families. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and The Deep Hollow will provide live music. The James T. Dove, MD Heart Hero Award will be presented. Erin's Pavilion, 4965 S. 2nd St. prairieheart.com. 217-544-6464.

Introduction to yoga

Wed., Feb. 12, 6:30pm. Certified yoga instructor Justina Schacht will give a brief discussion of yoga poses, breathwork and meditation, the benefits of which include increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, reduced anxiety, improved sleep quality and athletic performance. The discussion will be followed by a beginner's yoga practice. Free. The301, Trailhead Center for Yoga and Ayurveda, 301 S. Grand Ave., West, 217-899-1979.

Midday yoga

Mondays, Feb. 17-Apr. 27, 12-1 p.m. Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind. Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. For beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Registration is required and a fee is charged. Lincoln Land Community College, Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. llcc.edu. 217-786-2200.

Managing Your Migraines: Nutrition and chiropractic care

Tue., Feb. 18, 6-7:15 p.m. Join Dr. Sean Valenti of Springfield Clinic's chiropractic team as he explains the role nutrition plays in migraine headaches and how chiropractic care can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Free. Registration is required. Springfield Clinic 1st, 800 N. First St., fourth floor lobby. springfieldclinic.com. 217-391-3459.

Mental training and weight loss

Tue., Feb. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Marcel Yoder will discuss how thoughts and emotions affect weight loss or gain. Free. Pure Synergy Massage, 2201 W. White Oaks Dr. puresynergymassage.com. 217-679-3156.

Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training

Wed., Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. By becoming a Freedom From Smoking® facilitator you can help make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants will be certified to lead the Freedom From Smoking® group clinic and help tobacco users end their addiction and begin a new, smoke-free phase of their lives. The registration deadline is Feb. 18 and space is limited. American Lung Association, 2501 Chatham Road. lung.org. 312-940-8006.

Managing Your Migraines: Mindfulness and meditation yoga and biofeedback therapy

Tue., March 3, 6-7:15 p.m. Angela Russell, a nurse with Springfield Clinic's interventional pain management team, will present an overview of mindfulness practices and meditation yoga. Social worker Amy Goldstein will then cover how biofeedback therapy can be used to control and reduce headache symptoms and frequency. Free. Registration is required. Springfield Clinic 1st, 800 N. First St., fourth floor lobby. springfieldclinic.com. 217-391-3459.

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED

Sat., Mar. 7, 9am-12 p.m. The AHA's Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course is a classroom, Instructor-led course designed to prepare students to provide first aid, CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely and effective manner. Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid skills demonstration and a CPR/AED skills test, students will receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years. St. John's Hospital, Centennial Hall, 800 E. Carpenter St. st-johns.org. 217-544-6464.

Hands-on health care: Nursing

Tue., Mar. 10, 6-8 p.m. Utilizing Memorial's state-of-the-art simulation center, participants will take part in simulations focused on emergency medicine, maternity, cardiac and medical-surgical nursing. Participants will also learn about the various education pathways for entry into nursing practice, including undergraduate and graduate options. Free. Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St. themcli.org. 217-545-6314.

Healthy Steps

Tuesdays, Mar. 10-Apr. 21, 7:30 p.m. Experience therapeutic movement done to great music and designed to help you thrive. Regardless of health, age or ability level, the program improves overall wellness, range-of-motion, balance, strength and endurance, as well as emotional well-being and self-image. Healthy Steps has even been proven to help enhance the well-being of those with cancer or other chronic illnesses or medical conditions. Registration is required and a $70 donation is suggested. HSHS St. John's Hospital, Centennial Hall, 800 E. Carpenter St. st-johns.org. 217-544-5483.

Don't diet, eat mindfully

Wednesdays, March 11- April 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Most of us know what a healthy diet is – what kinds of foods to eat and how much. Despite our best intentions, we end up eating in ways that harm our health, both physical and mental. Developing the skill of mindfulness will help participants become more aware of the habits that drive unhealthy eating behaviors and create strategies for eating mindfully. Registration is required and a $60 donation is suggested. HSHS St. John's Hospital, Conference Room Q, 800 E. Carpenter St. st-johns.org. 217-544-5483.

First Responder Wellness Series

Wednesdays, March 11-April 15, 10am. This series is hosted by CrossFit Instinct and lead by a paramedic who is also a certified yoga instructor affiliated with the Trailhead Center For Yoga and Ayurveda. EMS, police, firefighters, dispatchers and military personnel will benefit from this series designed to support physical and mental resiliency in high-intensity situations and encourage development of the skills needed to transition from a state of fight or flight to a state of relaxation for optimal performance and wellness. Learn practical tools including yoga for developing strength, flexibility and balance, and relaxation and breathing exercises to manage stress both on and off duty to improve work/life balance and decrease feelings of burnout. Free. The301, CrossFit Instinct, 301 S. Grand Ave. West. 217-971-0364.

Stop the Bleed

Fri., March 13, 6-8 p.m. An injury can cause a person to bleed to death in less than five minutes. Life-threatening bleeding can happen at home, at work or in the community from a natural or intentional wound. Learn how to act immediately to save yourself or someone else in this free, interactive workshop featuring life-like simulation. No medical background is required and all ages are welcome. Attendees will receive a complimentary bleeding control kit. Sponsored by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St. themcli.org. 217-545-6314.

Managing Your Migraines: Massage therapy

Tue., Mar. 17, 6-7:15 p.m. Join licensed massage therapist Michael Davin with Springfield Clinic's chiropractic team as he explains how massage therapy treatments can work for migraine headaches. This is the final class of the Managing Your Migraine series and will end with a closing session from Cecile Becker, MD, with Springfield Clinic's neurology team. Free. Registration is required. Springfield Clinic 1st, 800 N. First St., fourth floor lobby. springfieldclinic.com. 217-391-3459.

How to implement a healthy lifestyle

Wednesdays, April 1-May 6, 6-7 p.m. Learn how to implement a healthy lifestyle by focusing on your nutritional diet, physical activity, emotional health and your individual health goals. Receive guidance on how to introduce healthier foods into your diet, ways to get you up and moving that are fun and enjoyable, and also ways to decrease your stress and take charge of the kind of life you want. Please bring a notebook and writing utensil. Registration is required and a fee is charged. Lincoln Land Community College, Millennium Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. llcc.edu. 217-786-2200.

CBD Oil – what to consider

Mon., Apr. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Not all hemp-derived CBD oils are created equal. Learn what ingredients to look for when purchasing CBD oil as some brands may be more expensive than others without guaranteeing a better product. Learn what CBD oil is, how to take it properly to receive its full benefits and how it works in the human body. Supply fee of $10 payable to instructor on day of class. Registration is required and an additional fee is charged. Lincoln Land Community College, Millennium Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. llcc.edu. 217-786-2200.

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