Community Education & Wellness Programs

Healthy for Life: Programs to Promote Health and Wellness

Below are Community Education and Wellness programs offered through Westerly Hospital.  If you are interested in attending any of our community or patient education classes and will require assistive aids or accessible facilities, please contact the director of our Office of Patient Relations at 860-271-4849 or 860-912-6098 or (TTY/TDD number 401-596-0813) to request such aids.  Please call in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Community Education Programs

Five-Week Diabetes Education Program

Westerly Hospital will be offering a comprehensive, five-week course to help patients gain practical knowledge and skills needed to manage diabetes successfully.   Classes will be held for five consecutive Thursdays beginning September 11 and ending October 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center.  Class size is limited. 

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Ongoing Programs

Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program
Westerly Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department offers a 12-session Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program open to adults of all ages and fitness levels.  The program includes risk factor identification as well as individualized exercise sessions created by exercise physiologists with blood pressure monitoring, and education on cardiac risk factors including cholesterol, stress management, and weight loss.  The program is facilitated by masters-prepared exercise physiologists who are all certified in CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Criteria to be eligible for the program include one of the following risk factors:  high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight/obesity, stress, family history of heart disease, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking.  A physician referral is required in order to be eligible for the program.  The program is not covered by insurance.  Benefits from the program may include reduced cholesterol and blood pressure, improved control of blood glucose and quality of sleep, weight loss, increased flexibility and reduced shortness of breath.

The cost for the program is $90 for 12, one-hour sessions ($7.50 per session) which held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the Morgan Medical Building, Suite 101, located at 45 Wells Street in Westerly.

For more information about the program, contact Julie Oakley at 401-348-3793 or

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Westerly Hospital offers a Pulmonary Rehab Program and exercise maintenance program in the Morgan Building Suite 101 at 45 Wells Street, Westerly. The program provides patients with education on lung disease process and management as well as a monitored exercise program provided by Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy assistants. For more information, call 401-348-3490.

Arthritis Exercise Program
Westerly Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation staff periodically offer an exercise program for those suffering from any type of arthritis.  Specifically designed for people with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a gentle exercise program led by trained instructors.  It offers an opportunity to meet people and have fun while doing something good for yourself and your body, and can give you more energy and help you maintain joint range of motion, muscle strength, balance and coordination, posture and body mechanics

Classes meet at the Westerly Senior Center located at 39 State Street in Westerly twice weekly for twelve classes.  The cost is $30.00 per person.  For information, call (401) 596-3593, from CT (800)933-5960 ext.3346. 

StrongWomen Exercise Program
Westerly Hospital’s StrongWomen program is a supervised, moderate-intensity exercise program for women, mid-life and older. This safe, simple, fun and effective six-week program helps improve muscle strength, balance, and bone density.  The program also includes general nutrition information for bone loss prevention and general well-being.  Hospital staff, from cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, are specially trained as StrongWomen Program Leaders to ensure that you get a safe and effective exercise program.

Classes meet for one hour, two times per week. Cost is $48 per six-week session.  Call 401-348-3882 for information on upcoming classes and specific times offered.