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MaineHealth Learning Resource Center

Our Classes

DIY Stress Relief Activities


with Bonnie Carleton, BS, CHES, LRC Health Educator

Calendar Next session starts Oct 17, 2018 at 5 pm

Life can be stressful. Stress can have harmful effects on our bodies and minds. It is important to take time to reduce stress levels to keep ourselves healthy.

Join us for an evening of relaxing activities. Listen to soothing music and sip tea while making your own stress-relief projects, including:

  • Glitter jar
  • Mini Zen garden
  • Stress ball

Please note: We will be using an essential oil diffuser in this class

Eating Healthy on a Budget


with Bonnie Carleton, BS, CHES, LRC Health Educator

Calendar Next session starts Sep 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Are you trying to spend less money on food?

Or attempting to eat fewer calories during the day?

Join us to learn some tips for eating healthy on a budget. A self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, our instructor is on a mission to save money while eating healthy food that also tastes good! She is not a professional chef; just someone who wants to share her knowledge about budgeting, meal planning, and cooking. Bring your adventurous taste buds and learn a new trick or two.

* Please note: We may be preparing meals with meat, eggs and nuts. 

Embodied Mindfulness


with Liz Korabek-Emerson, Certified Mindfulness Teacher

Calendar Next session starts Nov 5, 2018 at 6 pm

Mindfulness is a practice that helps you become more aware and engaged in your life. Embodied Mindfulness is a practice that ties formal meditation with ordinary life by using your senses. Join Liz and learn how to match the mind and body. This will help you connect more deeply with the environment and the richness of everyday life. Sessions include sitting practice, walking, guided experiential exercises and discussion. Some past experience with meditation is advised.

Exquisite Empathy: Creating the Conditions for Healthy Caregiving


with Liz Korabek-Emerson, Certified Mindfulness Teacher

Calendar Next session starts Dec 10, 2018 at 6 pm

In this class for professional and family caregivers, we will explore how mindfulness, self-reflection and creative expression can help you find a healthy balance between you and the people in your care.

You will learn:

  • How to practice and integrate mindfulness into your busy life
  • Simple tools for self-awareness
  • How to creatively shift your perspective
  • The possibility of feeling okay even when nothing around you is okay

Fundamentals of Mindfulness


with Liz Korabek-Emerson, Certified Mindfulness Instructor

Calendar Next session starts Oct 8, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This four-week class is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness; training the mind to be awake and aware in the present moment. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, support healing and improve well being. The class will include practice, discussion and suggestions for integrating mindfulness into our busy lives. You do not need any previous experience.

Healthy Eating and Cooking to Lower Blood Pressure


with Leslie Ouellette MS, RD, LD, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Nov 19, 2018 at 6 pm

Join us to learn how the DASH Diet can help lower blood pressure and about its other great health benefits. The DASH Diet has been named the best overall diet for 8 years in a row by US News and World Reports. This science-based diet isn't just a fad. We will go over the DASH eating plan as well cook a couple recipes for you to learn and try.

Insomnia: Sleepless in Scarborough


with Carri Nix Kivela, MS, NP-C, George Bokinsky, MD and Jessica Begley, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Oct 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Do you lay awake, tossing and turning, staring at your bedside clock all night? You are not alone! 1 in 3 adults suffers from insomnia, or sleeplessness, at some point in their lives. Join us to uncover the secrets to a restful night’s sleep.

You’ll leave with 6 hassle-free strategies to improve your sleep right away without medicines, supplements or expensive devices. Isn’t it time you ditched #teamnosleep and woke up ready to take on the day? 

InstaHealthy: Cooking with Your InstaPot


with Leslie A. Ouellette, MS, RD, LD, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Oct 2, 2018 at 5 pm

Join us to experience what the InstaPot rage is all about and witness how it can revolutionize and simplify your cooking. The InstaPot is perfect for busy cooks who want to be able put healthy, hot, complete, and flavorful meals on the table in minutes. We will show you how at this class. Local dietitian and home chef Leslie Ouellette will share some of her favorite recipes and demonstrate several of them onsite.

WARNING: If you don’t have an InstaPot before this class, you’re probably going to want to buy one!

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