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Community Workshops on Health and History

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Burlington County, sponsored in part by Burlington County College (BCC), is offering workshops on managing chronic health conditions and organizing family history documents.

 “Take Control of Your Health” workshops are a series of six-week, evidence-based seminars created by Stanford University and designed for adults with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. The free workshops provide support and essential tools necessary to help establish strategies for managing chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart and lung conditions, anxiety, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“This wellness program helps maintain and improve the health of participants. For those who attend the workshops, it can be an empowering and life altering experience,” said RSVP of Burlington County Director Karen Bennett.

Workshops are offered every Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mount Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Road. Topics include: managing stress, improving communication skills, managing and reducing pain, coping with depression and fatigue, increasing your energy levels, and eating healthy and maintaining your weight. Workshops are facilitated by trained peer leaders who also have chronic conditions. Each week, participants set their own goals to improve their health and their life.

Anyone 18 or older with a chronic condition and/or a caregiver for someone with a chronic condition is welcome to attend. Participants are not required to be members of the Community Center or live in Mount Laurel. All participants will receive a free text book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” and upon program completion, a free stress management cd and certificate.

For more information on the wellness workshops, or to register, please contact RSVP of Burlington County at 609-894-9311, ext. 1488 or email DCirenza@bcc.edu.

The “Documented Legacy: Create your Grab and Go File” workshop, led by Mary V. Danielson of Documented Legacy, LLC, will teach participants how to organize family history documents in an easy to access file or legacy book. It also provides insight into how to use vital records to preserve family history for future generations.

This public workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Burlington County Library Auditorium, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton. It is free for RSVP of Burlington County members and open to the general public with a suggested $5 donation.

For more information or to reserve your spot at the Documented Legacy workshop, please contact RSVP of Burlington County at 609-894-9311, ext. 1583 or email rsvpoff@bcc.edu.

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RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. RSVP partners with Burlington County nonprofit agencies to positively impact local communities using the skills and talents of volunteers. For more information, or to volunteer, visit www.bcc.edu/RSVP or contact RSVP of Burlington County Director Karen Bennett at kbennett@bcc.edu or 609-894-9311, ext. 1498.