Health Promotion Classes

Let's talk about preventing, managing and reversing chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, and dementia.

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AAHP's Health Promotion Classes are online!

AAHP’s Health Promotion classes provide essential information about making the right lifestyle choices in order to improve health and prevent, manage, and reverse chronic disease.

Attendees can access classes online via Zoom. Classes include informal lectures, lively discussion, question and answer sessions. AAHP's nutritionist will also conduct cooking demonstrations of delicious and healthy dishes like fruit and vegetable smoothies, salads, and vegetarian chili. Attendees will also have the opportunity to review their health goals and progress (glucose, blood pressure, weight management, cholesterol).

SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest speakers, Games (Bingo, Scavenger Hunts, Jeopardy,  Cahoots, etc), Giveaways!

Please call (240) 777-1833 for more information or to register.

Class Schedule - January 2024

Mindfulness

Mondays, 5:30 - 6:30pm
AAHP's mindfulness class teaches individuals how to be present in the moment and aware of their thoughts and feelings. It is designed to help individuals reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and live a more fulfilling life by practicing mindfulness meditation and other techniques.
To register, call (202) 459-8933 
INSTRUCTORS:
Ms. Kimberly Johnson

Health and Nutrition (Plant-based/Vegan)

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
This class focuses on the numerous benefits of a plant-based/vegan diet and how it can improve your overall health by reducing your risk of chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertensions, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Healthy cooking demonstrations included!
Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Diabetes Prevention Program

Tuesdays, 6PM - 7PM
Join us for a yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes or people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes and want to lower their risk. Participants will learn how to stay on track with their plans of action for weight control and exercise to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Dr. Nkossi Dambita

Health and Fitness (Yoga)

Wednesdays, 10am - 11pm⁠
Learn how yoga can help you manage stress as well as prevent, manage, and reverse your risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Trained yoga professional and psychologist Dr. Kelsey Ball will guide you through yoga poses and discuss wellness techniques.
Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Dr. Kelsey Ball
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Kick Start Your Health: Covid and Cancer

WEDNESDAYS
6:00PM - 7:15PM
This class will combine cancer-related topics with information on managing life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lifestyle choices can impact your risk for cancer. We will discuss caregiving, cancer screenings, risk factors, prevention, and cancer's impact on African Americans. 
This class will explore how the heart and lungs work; conditions like hypertension, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and how to prevent and manage heart attacks and strokes. ⁠ Attendees can receive free diabetes and blood pressure management tools such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and supplies.
Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C 
Dr. Anyanime Hale, Pharm.D., MBA

Take Control of Your Health I & II: Heart Health

Wednesdays  1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, 6pm - 7pm
This month's Kick Start Your Health classes will focus on keeping your heart healthy to prevent heart disease.  This class will help you understand healthy eating choices, the importance of exercise, stress management, and other heart-healthy choices.  Attendees can receive free diabetes and blood pressure management tools such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and supplies.

Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Take Control of Your Health I and II: Various Topics

Wednesdays and Thursdays
6:00PM - 7:00PM
This class explores different health topics, including brain health, autoimmune disorders, mental wellness, depression, arthritis, lupus, sleep disorders, and more. Goal-setting, medications, and the impact of these diseases on the Black/African American community will also be discussed.
To complement Wednesday evening’s Kick Start Your Health’s classes focused on heart and lungs, we take a closer look and discuss different aspects of cardiovascular disease, COPD, and their complications. ⁠

This class explores different health topics, including brain health, autoimmune disorders, mental wellness, sleep disorders, and more., AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS, MENTAL WELLNESS, SLEEP DISORDERS.
We will discuss structures, functions, treatments and new options, prevention, signs, symptoms, and the impact on our community.
We will also discuss aspects of overall health, goal setting, medications and more!
Register here.
INSTRUCTORS: 
Dr. Monica Scott, PT, DPT
Dr. Vivian Ayuk, PharmD, CDCES

Kick Start Your Health: Cancer

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
6:00PM - 7:15PM
Lifestyle choices can impact your risk for cancer and other diseases. This course explores cancer screenings, risk factors, prevention, and cancer's impact on African Americans. The course will also cover lymphodema, sarcoidosis, and sickle cell disease.

Register here.
Lifestyle choices can impact your risk for cancer and other diseases. This course explores cancer screenings, risk factors, prevention, and cancer's impact on African Americans. The course focuses particular attention on breast, lung, and prostate cancer.

Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C 
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Kick Start Your Health I: Allergies and Inflammatory Diseases 

WEDNESDAYS
6:00PM - 7:00PM
This class explores different topics related to allergies and inflammatory diseases. We will discuss prevention, symptoms, and treatments for specific disorders including autoimmune disorders and sleep disorders. We will also discuss various aspects of overall health. Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C 
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Kick Start Your Health I and II: Cancer & Diabetes

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
6:00PM - 7:00PM

THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 23, 34 AND 30
This month's Kick Start Your Health series focuses on diabetes and its complications and comorbidities. The pathology, treatment of diseases such as atherosclerotic disease, hypertension, gastroparesis, kidney disease, eye disease, and dyslipidemias will be discussed.  Attendees can receive free diabetes and blood pressure management tools such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and supplies.


Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C 
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Take Control of Your Health I and II: Heart Health

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
6:00PM - 7:00PM

This month's Kick Start Your Health series focuses on diabetes and cancer as well as their complications and comorbidities. The pathology, treatment of diseases such as atherosclerotic disease, hypertension, gastroparesis, kidney disease, eye disease, and dyslipidemias will be discussed.  Attendees can receive free diabetes and blood pressure management tools such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and supplies.


Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C 
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Health and Fitness (Zumba)

Fridays at 11am - 12pm⁠
Get your 30 minutes in for the day. In this mid-impact dance class, trained exercise professionals will guide you and get you MOVING from the comfort of your own home. You'll also learn how fitness can prevent, manage, and reverse your risk for chronic diseases.

Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Ms. Justinea Allen
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

Tai Chi

Saturday at 9am
Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, is renowned for its health benefits, including improving balance, flexibility, and muscle strength, and for its effectiveness in reducing stress and anxiety. This self-paced, gentle exercise combines deep breathing and slow movements, making it a form of moving meditation that enhances both mental and physical well-being.

Weight Management Program

Achieve a healthy weight through individualized and group sessions that combine fun, nutritional advice, exercise, dance, and meditation under the guidance of a lifestyle coach. ⁠

For more information or to register, call (301) 233-9612.
INSTRUCTORS:
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Gantz, MPH
Saturday,  November 4
9am - 10:30am
Walk in the Park 
Saturday, November 18
9am - 10:30am
Walk in the Park at Red Gate Park

Kickstart Your Health: Hypertension

WEDNESDAYS
6:00PM - 7:15PM
Making healthy eating choices and deciding on what diet is best can be overwhelming. This class will help you understand healthy eating choices and how different foods can reduce or increase your risk of hypertension as well as other chronic diseases. Attendees can receive free diabetes and blood pressure management tools such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and supplies.

Register here.
INSTRUCTORS:
Nancie M. Richberg, PharmD, RPh, BS, MS, CDCES, AE-C
Robina Barlow, Food for Life Instructor
AAHP Staff and Collaborators

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