BETHEL – As a follow-up to their successful collaboration on a conference last fall, Western Mountains Senior College and SAD 44 Adult Education will hold a monthly series called “To Your Health,” open to the community.

The series will bring health professionals from the area in traditional and alternative therapies to discuss ways to stay healthy and age well.

The first three in the series follow: Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church basement, Church Street, Betsy Foster, MPH, will lead participants in the postures and exercises of qi gong. The ancient Chinese discipline is an excellent method to develop strength and flexibility, increase energy, boost the immune system, clear stress and calm the mind.

Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church, Garland Chapel, Church Street, Wendy Iseman, MPH, will do a presentation on asthma. Iseman has had 21 years of experience as a health educator and social worker with the American Lung Association of Brooklyn where she worked with adults with chronic lung disease. She is working for Maine Handicapped Skiing.

Tuesday, April 18, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at Telstar High School, Kevin Pennell, BA, cht reika master, will present a workshop on “The Art of Meditation, Only a Breath Away.” Pennell will explain meditation and discuss its purpose and benefits.

He will introduce the basics of learning to quiet one’s mind and body, the relaxation experience, stress reduction and how increased concentration may be achieved. A question and answer period will follow.

All programs are free to Senior College members. Donations will be accepted at the door from nonmembers unless they join the Senior College at the event. For more information, contact Chairwoman Wendy Iseman at 824-8610.


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