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Keeping your New Year’s resolutions: UW Health at the American Center offering winter wellness classes

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MADISON (WKOW) -- How are those New Years’ resolutions coming? Looking for ways to keep going? Need some new ideas?

Yoga and resiliency classes highlight the community winter wellness programs UW Health at The American Center is offering, starting in late January. They are designed to help people live a healthier and balanced life.

The four series of classes that range from four to eight weeks include stress management, one-on-one health coaching, a yoga workshop, and an eight-week “Thrive” series that includes fitness studio and cooking classes.

“UW Health is committed to empowering individuals to identify and make positive changes in all areas of their lives- physical, emotional and mental,” said Diane Scherschel, head of wellness at UW Health at The American Center. “These classes come at a good time when everyone is trying to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions. We hope to expand our reach into the community to provide support and encouragement.”

Dr. Lisa Grant will teach a five-week series Thursdays starting February 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on stress management skills that includes gentle yoga, breathing exercises, and exploration in the various ways stress affects your nervous system, hormones and musculoskeletal health.

Four Saturday mornings starting January 30 from 9 to11 a.m., UW Health at The American Center will host Yoga Fundamental Workshops that are a perfect place for beginners and those wanting to re-start their yoga practice.

Learning Kitchen coordinator Chef (and registered dietitian) Julie Andrews and Katie Schwartz, studio fitness coordinator, will host an eight- week “Thrive” series on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. starting February 3. The weekly classes will have interactive cooking and workout experiences.

“My goal will be to teach how to cook wholesome, simple and yet delicious meals and snacks that will satisfy and help you lose weight,” said Andrews.

“My hope is to improve your level of fitness by building strength, flexibility, balance and coordination,” said Schwartz. “This series will help you gain greater strength and overall health and well-being.”

One on One Health coaching is also available that would be specifically tailored to the individual.

Click here to sign up for class information or call (608) 440-6600.

UW Health at The American Center is located at 4602 Eastpark Blvd. in Madison. For quickest access, park in the ramp on the east wing of the building and enter at the door near the outdoor turf.

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