We have added some new life-skills classes to the lineup for 2016. A rotating selection of these workshops are given monthly at locations in Trenton, Bethany, and Brookfield. If you would like to be added to the mailing list about upcoming classes, please call 855-290-8544 ext. 1021 or 1023.
Healthy Homes I & II â€“ The National Center for Healthy Housing has identified 8 factors (Keep-Its) that are present in all healthy homes: Clean, Contaminant-free, Dry, Maintained, Pest-free, Safe, Well-ventilated, Green (energy efficient). Healthy Homes programming concentrates on health risks by understanding the 8 Keep-Its to prevent and correction conditions in housing that can make a home unsafe or unhealthy.
Infestations/Integrated Pest Management â€“ Pests of all kinds can create allergens and be vectors of disease. The prevalence of asthma, especially in children is and continues to an issue threatening childrenâ€™s health. There are some pests that are fairly common to homes that are associated with asthma or asthma symptoms. Control of pests through pesticides can lead to poisonings and other neurological problems. Integrated Pest Management has to do with care and management or maintenance. It poses the lowest health risk to humans.
A Contaminant-Free Home â€“ This class addresses exposure, health effects, sources and control measures of contaminants including asbestos, biological pollutants, carbon monoxide, environmental tobacco smoke, formaldehyde, lead, pesticides, radon, and volatile organic compounds.
Poison Prevention â€“ Unintentional poisoning is second only to motor vehicle crashes as a cause of overall unintentional injury or death. This class addresses the factors that lend themselves to higher risk, measures that participants can take to assure the safety of themselves and their family members and the FDA guidelines for proper medication disposal. Participants will also be given the opportunity to identify poison look-a-likes.
Home Safety and Home Assessment â€“ Home Safety will address falls, poisons, fires & burns, water safety, choking & suffocation hazards. Participants will learn how to do a home assessment with the provided checklist. Household clutter has a big impact on your health and quality of life. Participants will learn how to take charge and clear their clutter.
Building Strong Families
Take Care of You (Stress Management) - Over all, the classes are designed to help participants explore strategies to better deal with all of lifeâ€™s demands. Participants will be given opportunities to learn how to take better care of all aspects of their health; become more aware of how stress is affecting them; how to deal with stress in their life that they may or may not have control over; learn from and find opportunities in lifeâ€™s challenges, and bring joy into their life. We will address physical health, mental and social health, spiritual health and how our environment and culture can strongly influence all aspects of our health.
Building Strong Families: WORKING - This session places more focus on the demands of the workplace itself and offers strategies for meeting them. It offers information and ideas for participants to better deal with paid employment, regardless of the particular job they hold. This program includes exercises for participants to explore their own strengths and skills and identify how they transfer to a work situation. Participants explore beliefs about working and receive researched-based information about what employers and employees really want. Hands-on activities allow participants to practice or discuss workplace skills.
Building Strong Families: CONSUMER BEWARE - This Consumer Beware workshop helps families be aware of possible financial scams, frauds and identity theft, and teaches families how to protect themselves in the marketplace. The information will help participants make better consumer decisions to get the most from their resources.
Building Strong Families: BALANCING RESPONSIBILITIES - Difficulties in balancing work, family, community and other responsibilities affect most Americans. Family members frequently feel rushed and exhausted. This module examines the causes and consequences of imbalance. Solutions are presented that can help family members achieve a greater sense of balance. Through various activities, individuals will better understand the importance of setting priorities, clear communications, delegation, negotiation and advocacy. Participants will set personal goals for themselves at the conclusion of the session.