Health Bulletin for Dec. 30-Jan. 6 – aerobics, Alzheimer’s, brain health and childbirth

This week

Low Impact Aerobics – A Continuing Class for Seniors. Mondays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 10:00 am. Zion Lutheran Church, 8304 E. Buckeye Ave., Spokane Valley. To free. (509) 926-5407.

Alzheimer’s Association Webinar: “Healthy Lives for Your Brain and Body” – Learn about and use research in food and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement practical tools to integrate these recommendations into a healthy aging plan. Visit to register. Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Free. (800) 272-3900.

AARP Webinar: Brain Health Workshop – Learn how learning more, being social, staying fit, eating well, getting enough sleep, and managing stress can all support brain health. Register at Wednesday, 10:30 am-11:30am Free.

Alzheimer’s Association Webinar: “Ten Warning Signs” – Learn to recognize the common signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how to talk to someone about memory problems, the importance of early detection and the benefits of diagnosis, tests and possible evaluations for the diagnostic process; and Alzheimer’s Association Resources. Visit to register. Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free. (800) 272-3900.

Parenthood / childbirth

Prepared for Childbirth Courses – Covers prenatal care, nutrition, stages of labor, pain management, breathing, cesarean delivery, postpartum care, infant CPR, nursing newborn and breastfeeding. Classes are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Wednesday classes and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Saturday classes. Classes take place in six-week cycles or in class on Saturdays. Valley Hospital Health & Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. For more information, email [email protected] and call (509) 309-6038. $ 60 per person or couple.

Deaconess Classes – Deaconess Hospital offers virtual classes for new parents including childbirth preparation, living with the baby, breastfeeding daddy 101 and more. Visit for details. MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, 800 W. Fifth Ave. Free. (509) 473-BABY.

Early Infant and Toddler Support – provided by the Spokane Regional Health District. Services and screening are available for children 3 years of age and under suspected of having developmental delays, disabilities or special needs. Early intervention service providers assess functional domains such as cognitive, motor, socio-emotional, speech and language, vision and hearing domains. Learn more at and call (509) 324-1651.

Holy Family Hospital Maternity Center Tour – In-person tours have been canceled until further notice. To take a virtual tour, visit (509) 482-0111.

MultiCare Breastfeeding Support Services – Lactation Consultants are available by appointment in person or virtually. Appointments at Valley Hospital are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (509) 473-5706 to schedule. Appointments at the Deaconess Hospital are available Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (509) 473-7056 to schedule. Deaconess Hospital also offers a free walk-in clinic (including baby weighings before and after feeding) Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit to learn more.

La Leche League – The breastfeeding support group has suspended in-person meetings until further notice, but volunteers are available to answer questions. Visit for volunteer contact details and for current events and meeting updates, and call (509) 761-9181.

Safe Start Northwest Webinars – Offering courses on children’s health and safety. Safe Sleep 101 covers the American Academy of Pediatric’s Safe Infant Sleep recommendations and answers parents’ questions about sleep safety, Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Car Seat Safety 101 explains how to choose the right seat auto, the safest place to put your car seat, when to upgrade and more, Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit for details, registration and other course offerings. To free. (206) 582-6191.

Support against cancer

Providence Health Support Groups – Virtual and in-person meeting. General Cancer Support Group: For patients, caregivers or family members affected by cancer. Gynecologic Cancer Support Group: For women with gynecologic cancer or who are recovering. Virtual and in-person meeting. For more information, call (509) 474-5490.

Look Good… Feel Better – A program offered by the American Cancer Society to help women diagnosed with cancer learn how to apply cosmetics and choose wigs and other hairstyles. All in-person workshops are suspended until December. Virtual workshops are available at

In progress

Alzheimer’s Association Helpline – In Spokane, call (800) 272-3900, a helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Children’s Environmental Health Network – The website offers information on organizations active in various fields, sources of data on children’s health and environmental risks and more, or call (202) 543-4033 , send an email to [email protected]

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – Lose Weight The Fast, Healthy Way With A Doctor-Approved Diet. Meets on Zoom Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kootenai Health Resource, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene. To free. Call (208) 818-4242 or email [email protected] for meeting information and Zoom access.

CPR, First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator Courses – Offered by the American Red Cross. Visit for class times. Inland Northwest Chapter, 315 W. Nora Ave. The cost is $ 35 to $ 55, call (509) 326-3330 ext. 216. Online and in-person courses available.

Diabetes Education – Community Health Education and Resources provides group or individual education on diabetes self-management. The course is intended for clients and their families who are new to the field of diabetes. Call (509) 232-8145 or (509) 232-8138 for class times, dates and locations.

Fit for Retirement – Phoenix Training offers small classes and one-on-one training for people of retirement age who want more than seated chair exercises. For a full list of class times, visit and call (208) 659-1990.

Food Addicts Anonymous – A support group for food addicts. Everyone who is addicted to overeating is welcome. Meetings via Zoom on Mondays at 7 p.m. Participants can join by video conference or call. Ask Sue Everson at (509) 328-0702 for more information.

Health for All – This community-based healthcare access project connects uninsured individuals and families in eastern Washington with state health insurance programs and helps those who do not qualify for sponsored coverage by the State by putting them in touch with the appropriate community resources. Call (866) 444-3066; in Spokane County, call (509) 444-3066.

Heritage Health – A non-profit health center in Coeur d’Alene offering medical, mental and behavioral health and dental services to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information and to make an appointment, call (208) 620-5250 and visit

Bereavement Support Group – Offered by Hospice of North Idaho the second Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit Masks are compulsory. Shoshone Medical Center, 25 Jacobs Gulch, Kellogg.

INHS Community Wellness – Offers health coaching, screenings, and classes such as childcare basics, prediabetes, diabetes wellness and more. For a full list of courses and events, visit and call (509) 232-8145.

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