Community Education & Wellness

Healthy for Life: Programs to Promote Health and Wellness

Below are Community Education and Wellness programs offered through Westerly Hospital.

For a list of programs offered through Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, click here.

April 29:  The Facts About Iguinal Hernias
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Beginning May 6:  Seven-Week Freedom from Smoking Program
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New Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program
Westerly Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department is offering a new 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 Michaela Nardone, MS and Julie Oakley, MS, and Judy Serra, RN, all who are 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.

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.