Wellness Programs

wellness and smoking cessationSmoking Cessation

An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for an estimated one in five U.S. deaths, and costs the U.S. over $250 billion each year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. About 48 million Americans smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 40 percent of all adults who have ever smoked have quit.

The Surgeon General’s Report includes these findings:

  • After one year off of cigarettes, the risk of heart disease caused by smoking is reduced by half. After 15 years of abstinence, the risk is similar to that for people who’ve never smoked.
  • In 5 to 15 years, the risk of stroke for ex-smokers returns to the level of those who’ve never smoked.
  • Male smokers who quit between ages 35 to 39 add an average of 5 years to their lives. Female quitters in this age group add 3 years. Men and women who quit at ages 65 to 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 year.

DFD Russell Medical Centers offers counseling and resources to assist patients with their efforts to quit smoking. DFD assesses readiness to quit, helps establish a target date, provides follow-up support via care management calls, and supplies individuals whose insurance does not cover nicotine replacement with vouchers for replacement therapy.


A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

More Information on A Matter of Balance

Living Well With Diabetes

Take control of your health. Learn to manage Type 2 Diabetes and symptoms with tools and tips on how to live a healthier life. Past participants report less pain, more energy, and fewer hospitalizations.

Originally developed by Sanford University and supported by Spectrum Generations,  this class is taught by trained community members, many of whom have diabetes themselves.

Anyone can easily register an individual for a workshop who has an email address by using the Healthy Living for ME website and following the below steps:

  1. Go to www.healthylivingforme.org
  2. At the top, next to the green box that says Find A CLASS, use the drop-down option
  3. Select Living Well with Diabetes (or desired workshop)
  4. Click the blue box to the left that says SEARCH
  5. Scroll down to confirm the class dates and location are correct
  6. Once the correct workshop is located, click on the blue box that says REGISTER
  7. This will direct you to the Registration Form where you will type in participant information
  8. Complete the registration by clicking the blue box at the bottom of the form that says REGISTER

Registration required. Contact SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 or info@seniorsplus.org


Ten Tips for Adults

The 10 Tips nutrition education series consists of 4 sessions either based on the theme of “Choose MyPlate” or “Eating Better on a Budget.” The classes are based on the USDA’s “10 tips Nutrition Education Series” which provide simple, easy to follow tips from the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Sessions for adults can be taught as the 4 session series, or as a recurring session.


  • The nutrition lessons are taught by a trained nutrition professional.
  • Program is flexible and adaptable to a variety of settings and participant needs.
  • Nutrition lesson plans are interactive and will provide knowledge in a fun and engaging manner.
  • Handouts are provided with “10 tips” that are easy to follow at home.
  • Food demonstrations and tastings are provided during each session

Ten Tips For Adults – 4 session class series
January 21st and 28th, February 4th and 11th – 12:00pm-1:00pm
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center 208 Bates Street Lewiston
Register by contacting Emily Smith: smith@cmhc.org or 207-786-1669


Ten Tips for Adults – 2 session class series.
January 29th and 30th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Lewiston High School (Adult Education)
Details and course registration: https://lewiston.maineadulted.org/classes/


Ten Tips for Adults – 3 session class series.
January 27th, 3rd, and 10th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Dempsey Center – 29 Lowell Street Lewiston
Details and course registration: https://www.dempseycenter.org/programs/ten-tips-for-eating-better-on-a-budget-lewiston/


Ten Tips for Adults – 2 session class series.
February 26th and 27th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Lewiston High School (Adult Education)
Details and course registration: https://lewiston.maineadulted.org/classes/



Living Well Workshop Series


Now Open for Registration! 

Living Well for Better Health: 6-session series

WHEN: Tuesdays, September 15 – October 20, 2020
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
INFO: Register here or by contacting Katherine Mills: kmills@healthylivingforme.org or (207) 440-2390.


Living Well with Chronic Pain: 6-session series

WHEN: Wednesdays, September 30 – November 4, 2020
WHERE: Online, via Zoom or by telephone
INFO: For details and course information: email info@healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036.


Living Well with Diabetes: 6-session series

WHEN: Tuesdays, October 6 – November 10, 2020
TIME: 9am – 11am
WHERE: Online via Zoom
INFO: Register here or by contacting Katherine Mills at kmills@healthylivingforme.org or call (207) 440-2390.