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SHIP is a statewide health initiative aimed at improving the overall health of parents, children, and the whole community by increasing physical activity, decreasing obesity, and decreasing tobacco use and smoke exposure.
Our mission is to partner with Wright County citizens to increase physical activity, healthy eating, and reduce tobacco use by changing behaviors in the environment where we live, learn, and work.

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Wellness Offerings in Your Community



Pathways to Wellness

– This six week workshop provides knowledge and information about managing any chronic condition (mental or physical), and teaches skills people can use to better manage chronic pain. This class is designed to help people build greater confidence in their ability to manage disease and/or pain and improve quality of life.  
No classes at this time.

Wellness Coaching

- An integrative health and wellness coach can help you define your personal wellness and the steps to achieve that vision. Ongoing, by appointment.   
             Location: Telephone and/or in-person 
             Fee: Free of charge 
             To register: (763) 684-7025

Let's Talk Wellness

- An interactive flexible educational series designed to introduce balanced living and general wellness concepts in the form of hands-on learning. Each participating community site is able to coordinate and choose topics from the following categories: Healthy Eating, Stress Management, and Physical Activity. Length of the lessons can vary based on the participant group (can be as short as 30 minutes, or expanded to up to 2 hours).
              For more information/to schedule: (763) 684-7025

The Bounce Back Project

- A collaboration of physicians, nurses, and hospital leaders dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of health care professionals and the communities they serve. The Bounce Back Project offers interactive presentations and workshops to health care professionals, community leaders, educators, business organizations, local schools and community groups.For more information/to schedule: (763) 684-7025

Falls Prevention


Stepping On

- A seven week, well-researched falls prevention program for people 50 years and older who have fallen in the past, are at risk of falling, or have a fear of falling. 
No Classes at this time.

Matter of Balance

 - An eight week structured group intervention that 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. 
No classes at this time. 

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

– This 12 week program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Research has shown that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful of falling. Led by a certified leader; participants learn balance skills, good body alignment, and coordinated Tai Chi movements. 
No classes at this time. 

Healthy Eating


Healthy Eating for Better Health

- A four week program for people who want to learn more about how nutrition and lifestyle changes can promote better health.    
No classes at this time.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults

 - A nutrition program for diverse community-dwelling adults age 60 and older. The overall goal is to increase self-efficacy and general well being by improving knowledge of nutritional choices that focus on heart and bone healthy foods as well as supportive physical activities.
No classes at this time. 

Lactation & Breastfeeding

- An extensive list of breastfeeding basics, classes, resources, and support groups in and around Wright County. Download the Wright County Breastfeeding Resource List.

Family Focused


Health Powered Families 

- A four week class where parents and children 10 years and over work together to learn about healthy eating and lifestyle changes including: sugar, label reading, menu planning, mindful eating, grocery shopping, planning better meals and cooking skills. 
No classes at this time. 

Emotional Wellbeing

No classes at this time.



Stabilizing the Mind

– A four week series that allows you to practice mindfulness and can help you recover a calm, stable mind and lasting contentment even in the face of difficulty. You will learn highly effective tools to help you manage stress and achieve a higher state of well-being. Learn to stabilize your mind and increase your resilience through mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga. 
No classes at this time. 

Pathways to Wellness

– This 6 week workshop provides knowledge and information about managing any chronic condition (mental or physical), and teaches skills people can use to better manage chronic pain. This class is designed to help people build greater confidence in their ability to manage disease and/or pain and improve quality of life. 
              Location: Buffalo Hospital
              Date(s): Mondays starting October 30th-December 4th, 2017
              Time: 6-8:00 p.m.
              Fee: $25
              To register: (763) 684-7025



Community Learning Series

- A monthly webinar followed by discussion aimed at engaging the community, in addition to, learning about topics and resources around mental well-being and resilience.

Teen Resiliency

- A weekly group, for ages 13-17, focused on building resiliency (defined as the ability to adapt well to life and its challenges) and provide education and support in navigating the stress of daily life.
No classes at this time.

Diabetes Prevention & Control


I Can Prevent Diabetes

- It is a proven lifestyle change intervention that has been shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients. Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for 6 months to learn ways to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.
No new classes at this time. 

Diabetes Self-Management

– A six session workshop will teach the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to achieve and maintain diabetes control. Participants will learn to prevent and manage complications, and live well with the tools you will learn.  
No Classes at this time. 

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

No classes at this time.

Chronic Pain Self-Management

– A six-week workshop self-management program for people living with on-going chronic pain. The Program is designed to help participants gain the confidence needed to cope with chronic pain in their daily lives.  
No new classes at this time.

Support Groups

Autoimmune Support Group

             Location: Buffalo Hospital Conference Center 
             Date(s): Fourth Monday of the month 
             Time: 4:30-6 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 684-7025

Baby Café

- A family-friendly drop-in breastfeeding support group.
              Location: Wright County Historical Society/Heritage Society 
             Date(s): Every Wednesday
             Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 684-7630

Better Breathers Club: (COPD support group) 

             Location: Buffalo Hospital Heart Center 
             Date(s): Second Wednesday of each 
             Time: 2-3:30 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 684-3872

Cancer Support Group

             Location: Buffalo Hospital Conference Center 
             Date(s): Third Tuesday of the month 
             Time: 4-5:30 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 684-7749 

             Location: CentraCare Health - Monticello
             Date(s): Third Thursday of the month
             Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
             Details: August 17 & October 19th will be held at: CentraCare Health-Monticello Hospital; Conference Room C. September 21st & November 16th will be held at: CentraCare Health-Monticello Medical Group; Mississippi Room.

Grief & Loss Recovery

- Designed for those caring for a family member with memory loss, family care givers, those living with Memory Loss, and those with Parkinson’s. 
             Location: Great River Area Faith in Action 
             Contact: (763) 263-4277 


fant and Child Loss Grief Group

              Location: Healing Moments Counseling - Monticello
              Date(s): June 28th, July 12th, and August 23rd, 2017
              To Register: (763) 732-3351

Look Good Feel Better

- Free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation.
              Location: Willow Room, Buffalo Hospital 
             Contact: (800) 227-2345 
             Registration Required 

Men’s Cancer Support Group

             Location: Buffalo Hospital Conference Center 
             Date(s): First and Third Tuesday of the month 
             Time: 4-5:30 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 684-7749 

Stroke Support Group

             Location: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Buffalo Hospital 
             Date(s): Second Wednesday of the month 
             Time: 1-2 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 684-3855 or (763) 684-3888

Suicide Loss Support Group

- Provides a safe place to deal with this unique loss. 
             Location: Buffalo Community Center 
             Date(s): Fourth Thursday of the month 
             Time: 7-8:00 p.m. 
             Contact: (763) 267-7041

The Mothering Circle

- A free, family-centered postpartum support group for all women to learn about the many changes that occur the weeks following your baby's arrival. Mothers can gain support, guidance, and helpful parenting education while sharing the joys and challenges of living with a newborn.
              Location: CentraCare Health-Monticello, Conference Room B
              Date(s): Second and Fourth Monday of the month; starting July 10th, 2017
              Time: 10-11 a.m.
              Registration not required.

Funding for these efforts is supported by grants awarded on the behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health.
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