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Pain management classes offered

The Canyon Service Center in Mill City will be hosting programs on coping with pain starting next month.

The series, entitled “Living Well With Pain,” takes place every Monday in March, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Canyon Service Center, 844 S. First St. Doors open at 6:20 p.m.

Each event is a stand-alone presentation, so individuals can come as often as their schedule allows. No registration is required and there is no fee, but donations are appreciated.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 5 people experience chronic pain. The March sessions will explore several pain coping practices that have the potential to help one better enjoy life despite a history of chronic pain. The content is researched-based, internet-format lectures and interviews with experts in their fields. The series is part of the center’s programming for wellness after 50. The events seldom require membership, are often donation-based only, and are usually open to all adults regardless of age.

Other upcoming events include:

• Focusing more on women in the area, “Easy Make-up After 50” is meant to foster joy and self-confidence. Led by a skilled host, this event is on Saturday, March 9, 10 am to noon. Registration by March 7 is required. Email your contact information to [email protected] or call 503-897-4176.

• The CSC hopes to offer chair yoga soon. The internet-based program is in need of a weekly volunteer host. If you are interested in helping make this ongoing event a reality, email your contact info to [email protected].

• The popular “Group Fitness” program continues on Monday and Friday at 10:30 a.m., excluding the first Friday of each month.

• The CSC also is helping to organize a Santiam Canyon Community Health Fair for April 11. The event is a partnership between the Mill City Lions Club, Canyon Service Center and Santiam Hospital Community Health and Outreach. A number of area agencies and professionals are coming together to offer a large selection of adult health screenings, disease and wellness education materials on a variety of topics, and insurance resources. The event is expected to be extremely beneficial for residents who have limited resources and income as well as people who don’t visit a health care provider routinely or have health insurance questions or needs. More details will be available next month in the March 15 edition of The Canyon Weekly.

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