Contributed by Brandi Fitch
Almost a year has passed since the pandemic has hit the world, our country, and Franklin County. COVID-19 vaccines are continuing to be distributed as they become available in phases to anxiously awaiting community members. To help you focus on moving forward and staying involved in the community, there are several virtual events being offered in Franklin County over the next few months.
Virtual Yoga for a Healthy Heart
February 9th from 6-7 p.m.
February 18th from 12-1 p.m.
Join WellSpan Health for a free 60-minute yoga session led by a local registered yoga instructor. This virtual event is designed for those who have never tried yoga before and are looking to explore new ways to increase physical activity and reduce stress for a healthier heart. There will be a brief educational session on stress and heart health prior to yoga.
Virtual National Diabetes Prevention Program (Prevent T2)
February 23rd from 6-7 p.m.
WellSpan Health is holding free sessions of the nationally recognized CDC evidence-based program called Prevent T2. This program has been proven to help those with pre-diabetes make lifestyle changes that can cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by more than half.
An introduction class will be held on February 23, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the first class will begin on March 2, 2021. It is highly recommended that anyone interested in this program should attend the introduction class.
Virtual QPR Suicide Prevention Training
March 18th from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
WellSpan Philhaven is offering QPR suicide prevention training to members of the community. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. Three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
January 6-March 17
WellSpan Health invites you and your family to embrace winter, keep moving and stay healthy! Ready to join others in your community, committed to keeping up a “streak” of physical and mental well-being activities through the next few months? Find more information about the program and workshops here.
The Youth Winter STREAK Wellness Program is also available to youth in Chambersburg and Shippensburg through March 26th. More information on the program and how to register can be found here.
Virtual Community Garden Workshop
March 20th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Creating Your Own Working Homestead
Join Healthy Franklin County for a free virtual community garden workshop that will focus on Creating Your Own Working Homestead. There will be a variety of workshops centered around the theme of homesteading that explore foodscaping, foraging, how to build an herb spiral and more. A keynote presentation by Jessy Varisano, owner of Foot of the Mountain Farms, will show one local farmers journey toward creating their own working homestead.
Register here by March 18th.
Penn State Extension’s Journey to a Healthier Heart Campaign
Adopt a new habit for 12 weeks and the chances of it becoming permanent go up dramatically. Join Penn State Extension on a 12-week journey to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Find more information on how to start your journey here.
Chambersburg Cares 4th Annual Kindness Campaign
Throughout the month of February
Chambersburg Cares is challenging kids of all ages and adults in the community to be kind to one another - to intentionally be kind - by offering up a smile, giving a high five, paying for a stranger's drink/meal, befriending someone new, or in any way you like!
Find more information about the campaign, as well as the kindness challenge calendar and other toolkits here.
Black Mental Health Matters: A two-part Webinar Series in honor of National Black History Month
Part I: Feb. 11th
Part II: Feb. 25th
Black Mental Health Matters is a webinar facilitated by Dr. Eunice Peterson, a board-certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. The webinar is an interactive presentation with a Q&A session designed to provide participants with an understanding of how racism impacts mental health.
Registration is required for this FREE event. Dates, times, and registration links below:
· PART I: Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.: https://bit.ly/3nicz8F
· PART II: Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.: https://bit.ly/3s12Kzs
Get Healthy Now Classes
Coming in March
Virtual Cooking Demos for National Nutrition Month
Coming in March
WellSpan Health Vaccination Updates
More information on WellSpan Health’s COVID-19 vaccination updates can be found here. As of January 29th, all available vaccination appointments have been filled due to the high demand for the vaccine. WellSpan Health asks for the community’s patience as they work to make more appointments available. Appointments will depend on vaccine availability.
While you are waiting for updates on new appointments, WellSpan encourages you to use or create a MyWellSpan account to make the appointment and scheduling process easier.
Community members can now also join WellSpan Health’s COVID-19 Hope Squad!
WellSpan Health is currently seeking clinical and non-clinical roles for our Community COVID-19 Vaccination Sites. Volunteer and paid positions are available. Visit www.wellspan.org//COVID19Help to apply or for more information.