Health Classes at Swedish

****Swedish cares about the health and well-being of our patients, caregivers and community. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, the risk for exposure is increasing for people who live in our state. Swedish is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our facilities and our ability to care for as many patients as possible.  Safety is our top priority right now.****

Effective Thursday, March 12 at noon, all in-person classes and support groups have been suspended at each of our hospital campuses until COVID-19 no longer poses a threat or until further notice. Our knowledge of COVID-19 is still rapidly evolving and will continue to share updates on this page as the situation develops.


Swedish offers a variety of health education classes to help you manage your health conditions and to continue on your path to wellness. For more information, please call the Health & Wellness Education Center at 1-800-SWEDISH (1-800-793-3474).

Your classroom location will be provided to you in a confirmation email. Please carefully check the directions to the campus and the classroom prior to each class.

Select a health topic:

All classes

Cancer

The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) offers free programs for patients, family, friends, caregivers and the community to help the mind, body, and spirit to heal. For questions or feedback, please contact the Cancer Education Center at 206-386-3200 or send us an email.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all in-person events are canceled until further notice. We are now offering online classes in a live format led by our certified educators. 

Explore more programs and information with our class registration tool.

Current classes and support groups


Active Women, Healthy Women

Women of all fitness levels are encouraged to join this certified instructor led class exclusively for cancer patients and survivors. Co-sponsored by Team Survivor Northwest. To register, visit teamsurvivornw.org/programs

  • Virtual class (previously held at Swedish Issaquah): Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Virtual class (previously held at Swedish Edmonds): Mondays, 7-8 p.m.

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After Breast Cancer, What’s Next?

Make peace with impacts of cancer treatment, reduce stress cancer places on relationships, overcome fear of recurrence, renew hope and increase resilience. This series is for women who have already both completed treatment or are in active treatment. To register, email us

  • Webinar series: Mondays, Aug. 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Webinar series: Mondays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8 p.m.

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Art and Wellness Group

Join our art therapists and experience the healing benefits of making art in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. No experience or skill is necessary to join. Weekly Zoom meeting invitation sent via the Art Therapy Newsletter email list. To be added to the Art Therapy Newsletter email list, please contact art therapists Bonnie Walchuck and Kim McAndrews

  • SCI First Hill: Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 
  • SCI Edmonds: Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. 
  • SCI Issaquah: Issaquah patients can choose either of the group options:
    • Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 
    • Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Brain Tumor Support Group 

Virtual support group held via Zoom for patients with brain tumors and their caregivers. Contact Brenda Autobee-Bigalk to register.

  • 1st Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m.   

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Caregiver Support Group

Virtual support group for those caring for someone with cancer.  

  • SCI First Hill: Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m. Contact Sylvia Farias to register.
  • SCI Edmonds: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m. Contact Tyne Tennyson-Ray to register.

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CLIMB Program

Emotional support for children with a parent or primary caregiver with cancer. For more information or to register, contact the Oncology Social Work referral line at 206-386-3228.

  • Thursdays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Gentle Yoga for Navigating the Cancer Journey

Utilize the mind-body tools of yoga to reduce stress, ease side effects, and increase physical and mental resilience with gentle movement, breath, meditation and relaxation. All are welcome, from diagnosis through recovery. No experience is necessary. Email us to register. 

  • Wednesdays, biweekly, 1-2:15 p.m.

Gentle Yoga & Wellness Skills

Introductory class appropriate for all mobility levels and those who are new to yoga. Transitioning to the floor is optional; wheelchairs are welcome. Email us to register.

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Get Fit! Staying Active During and After Cancer

Exercise class and fitness consults for patients who have finished cancer treatment. To register, visit teamsurvivornw.org/programs.

  • Virtual class (previously held at Swedish Cherry Hill): Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.

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Gynecological Cancers Support Group

Virtual support group for women with gynecological cancers. To register, contact Carolyn Maret by email or 206-215-6195.

  • Fourth Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m. – noon 

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Head & Neck Cancer Support Group

Virtual support groups for those living with head and neck cancers. To register, contact Mark Filler by email or 206-215-2287.

  • 4th Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
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Hawaiian Hula Dancing

Learn the basics of Hula dancing and storytelling (standing or seated) while working your core, arms and legs. No experience required. Email us to register. 

  • Thursdays, Noon to 1 p.m.

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Living With Cancer Support Group

Virtual support group for those living with any type of cancer. For more info, call 206-386-3228. 

  • SCI First Hill: Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m. Contact Sandra Johnson or Sharon Mast to register. 
  • SCI Edmonds: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m. Contact the Edmonds Social Work referral line at 425-673-8328 to register. 
  • SCI Issaquah: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m. Contact Danielle McLaughlin to register.

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Music Therapy

All music therapy services – individual, group sessions and treatment center visits – will be on a temporary hold through summer with plans to resume in September 2020. For questions, please contact SCI’s Cancer Education Center at 206-386-3200 or send us an email.

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Providence Bereavement Groups in Edmonds 

Variety of groups, times, and locations. For more information, call 425-640-4404 or send an email.

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Providence Bereavement Groups in Seattle & Issaquah 

Variety of groups, times, and locations. For more information, call 206-749-7702 or send an email.

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SMART Program

This 8-week virtual program, led by Swedish Cancer Institute’s SMART-trained oncology social workers, will help you develop self-care tools to manage your stress, reduce cancer treatment symptoms and side effects, and enhance your quality of life. For more information or to register, contact the Oncology Social Work referral line at 206-386-3228
  • Patients in Active Treatment: Tuesdays, Sept. 22 to Nov. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
  • Patients in Survivorship: Wednesdays, Sept. 23 to Nov. 11, 4-6 p.m.
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Tools for Healing

This class offers a holistic perspective on healing that includes body, mind and spirit regardless of the treatment phase or stage of cancer. We offer methods and tools to help reduce fear and anxiety for better well-being over a life-time. To register, email us. For more information, contact Patti Kwok, facilitator for Tools for Healing, at 206-215-6558

  • Webinar: Thursday, Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Webinar: Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m.

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THYCA: Thyroid Cancer Group

Virtual group meetings for those with thyroid cancer held by THYCA: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association. Contact the group facilitators to register.

  • 3rd Saturday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m. 

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Diabetes

Current classes


Prediabetes

Taught by a registered dietitian, this community education class explains how lifestyle modifications, primarily nutrition and physical activity, can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants are welcome to bring a support person for no additional charge.

Fee: $20 (Includes One Support Person)

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Diabetes Prevention Program

This 12-month program consists of weekly classes during the first 4 months, then meetings once or twice per month for the remainder of the year.

  • Led by Swedish Edmonds Diabetes Educators
  • All classes are Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. starting July 11 at Verdant Wellness Center
  • Need to attend one free info session prior to class
  • Intended for people who are committed to making lifestyle changes and documenting their activity

Are you Eligible?

  • 18 years of age or older
  • People at risk of developing diabetes or diagnosed with pre-diabetes (not already diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes)
  • People who are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI), age 25 or older (or age 23 or older if Asian)

For more information or to register for one of the free info sessions, please call 425-640-4395.

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Cooking Class: 30 Minute Meals

30 minutes is plenty of time to learn to make a nourishing meal. Learn techniques and recipes that will make preparing weeknight meals simple, easy and fast.

Fee: $15 (includes food demonstration and meal)

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Cooking Class: I Can't Believe There are Vegetables in There!

There's more to vegetables than roasting and steaming! Learn tips and tricks to sneak vegetables into everything you cook for every meal and snack!

Fee: $15 (includes food demonstration and a sampling)

Register now

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Cooking Class: One-Pot Wonders

Cooking doesn't have to be complicated or result in mountains of dishes! In this class, you will lean to toss flavorful ingredients into just ONE pot to create complete and delicious meals that are simple to prepare and don't require making a huge mess.

Fee: $15 (includes food demonstration and a sampling)

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Exercise

Current classes


Gentle Yoga

Classes are offered at Swedish Edmonds on the 4th Floor, Mondays, 5:15-6:30 p.m. (excluding holidays).

This easy alternative to regular yoga utilizes a chair for help in transitioning to and from the floor, and for certain exercises. New patients please come to class 5 minutes early for first session.

Fee: $15/class or $130 for a 10 class card, payable in class by check or cash only.

For more information or to register, please call 425-640-4140.

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Lifestyle Management

Classes are offered at Swedish Edmonds.

This is a medically supervised exercise and education program for individuals living with, or at risk of developing heart disease. Individuals with heart disease, diabetes/prediabetes and high blood pressure or cholesterol will benefit from the program, which focuses on controlling risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes. Hours are flexible.

Fee: $90 for 16 Sessions

For more information or to register, call 425-640-4330.

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Therapeutic Flow Yoga

Classes are offered at Swedish Edmonds on the 4th Floor, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45-5 p.m. (excluding holidays).

Yoga provides stress relief, exercise, stretching and strengthening, balance and peace of mind. For beginning and intermediate students. New patients please come to class 5 minutes early for first session.

Fee: $15/class or $130 for a 10 class card, payable in class by check or cash only. 

For more information or to register, please call 425-640-4140

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General health and wellness

Current classes


Fall Prevention/Steady on Your Feet

This class includes recommendations for maintaining good balance and performing daily activities safely, home and community safety tips, and community resources for staying fit.

Fee: Free

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Lifestyle Management for Heart Health

This is a medically supervised exercise and education program for individuals living with, or at risk of developing, heart disease. Individuals with heart disease, diabetes/prediabetes and high blood pressure or cholesterol will benefit from the program, which focuses on controlling risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes.  

Fee: $90 for 16 Sessions

For more information and to register, call 425-640-4330.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - 8 Week Series

Mindfulness-based stress reduction offers you instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and a range of strategies to manage stress and physical symptoms.  This eight week class is designed to complement your medical care or help you manage the day to day stresses of life.

Fee: $375/person (optional day retreat included).

For more information or to register, please call 206-386-2035 or email Carolyn McManus

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Pain and Beyond

Classes are offered at Swedish Edmonds by appointment only, Fridays 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

This class teaches coping techniques for people with pain-limiting conditions. Topics include an overview of the anatomy and physiology of pain, stress management, pacing, goal setting and logging, home therapies, nutrition and supplements, and hope, happiness and healing. Guided imagery, relaxation and gentle exercise are also covered.

Fee: $10/ per class

For more information or to register, please call 425-640-4140.

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Struggling with a tobacco habit? 

Help is available!

Click here to download a tobacco cessation booklet, or give us a call to request a copy.

Click here for a list of community resources available to support you.

To schedule a tobacco cessation medical consultation, please contact your primary care provider, or call 206-320-3300. 


Whole Foods Market grocery store tour with a Swedish Registered Dietitian 

Take a tour at Whole Foods Market (WFM) with Swedish registered dietitian Megann Karch, RDN, CD, and learn how to shop for nutritious ingredients to confidently plan healthy meals. Tours are just over one hour long and include a nutrition overview and lesson, learning shopping skills to navigate like a pro, breaking down food labels, and Q&A to wrap everything up. On day of the tour, participants will enjoy healthy samples and receive a $5 gift card at WFM along with a WFM reusable bag.

**Please note that participants will need to be comfortable standing/walking for 30-45 minutes.**

  • March  | Fruits & Veggies
  • April | Grains
  • May | Protein
  • June | Dairy
  • July | Fruits & Veggies
  • August | Grains
  • September | Protein
  • October | Dairy 
  • November | Fruits & Veggies
  • December | Grains

Fee: $5 per tour and include $5 Whole Foods Market gift card and WFM shopping bag.

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Multiple sclerosis

Additional information about the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

Wellness resources and educational programs offered at the Swedish MS Center

Managing Your MS Fatigue

Fatigue affects our health, work, relationships, and everything in between. Join us for this half-day workshop to help identify causes & provide tools to manage fatigue in your daily life.

For more information and to register, please call 206-991-2099 or email Erin Carper.

  • Monday, June 3, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Swedish Cherry Hill Education & Conference Center: Room B 

Fee: Free

Nutrition

Current classes


Cooking Class: 30-Minute Meals

30 minutes is plenty of time to learn to make a nourishing meal. Learn techniques and recipes that will make preparing weeknight meals simple, easy and fast.

Fee: $15 (includes food demonstration and meal)

Register now

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Cooking Class: I Can't Believe There are Vegetables in There!

There's more to vegetables than roasting and steaming! Learn tips and tricks to sneak vegetables into everything you cook for every meal and snack!

Fee: $15 (includes food demonstration and a sampling)

Register now

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Cooking Class: One-Pot Wonders

Cooking doesn't have to be complicated or result in mountains of dishes! In this class, you will learn to toss flavorful ingredients into just ONE pot to create complete and delicious meals that are simple to prepare and don't require making a huge mess.

Fee: $15 (includes food demonstration and a sampling)

Register now

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The TQI Diet: To Quiet Inflammation

The TQI Diet focuses on our personal relationships with food and the important role it plays in health and weight loss issues. One of the key feature to this diet is the lack of calorie restrictions and portion control.

In this five-class series:

  • Learn how to use food to quiet inflammation and and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Discover additional benefits of this diet plan including: weight loss, pain relief, lowered cholesterol and improved sleep.

Fee: $180 for the five-class series

For more information and to register, please visit www.toquietinflammation.com

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Whole Foods Market grocery store tour with a Swedish Registered Dietitian

Take a tour at Whole Foods Market (WFM) with Swedish registered dietitian Megann Karch, RDN, CD, and learn how to shop for nutritious ingredients to confidently plan healthy meals. Tours are just over one hour long and include a nutrition overview and lesson, learning shopping skills to navigate like a pro, breaking down food labels, and Q&A to wrap everything up. On day of the tour, participants will enjoy healthy samples and receive a $5 gift card at WFM along with a WFM reusable bag.

**Please note that participants will need to be comfortable standing/walking for 30-45 minutes.**

  • March  | Fruits & Veggies
  • April | Grains
  • May | Protein
  • June | Dairy
  • July | Fruits & Veggies
  • August | Grains
  • September | Protein
  • October | Dairy 
  • November | Fruits & Veggies
  • December | Grains

Fee: $5 per tour and includes $5 Whole Foods Market gift card and WFM reusable shopping bag.

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Orthopedics

Foot / Ankle

If you are having foot or ankle problems, you’ll want to attend this important class. Dr. Mark Reed will discuss the top 5 foot and ankle conditions, including ankle replacement and how to treat with non-surgical and surgical options.

Fee: Free

Registration required

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Preoperative Joint Seminar (scheduled surgery)

This one-hour seminar will inform you about what to expect before surgery, during your hospital stay and for the first several weeks after surgery. This class will include recommendations on how to prepare your home for a comfortable recovery. This class is strongly recommended for patients scheduled to have a joint replacement surgery at Swedish Issaquah or the Swedish Orthopedic Institute (Downtown Seattle). 

Learn more

Fee: Free

Parenting

Growing Up: All About Puberty

This class provides a perfect opportunity to build a bridge with your 9- to 12-year-old to demystify the challenges of puberty. The focus of this fun, interactive class is to open and enhance communication between parents and preteens and explain the physical and emotional changes ahead. Taught in partnership with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

Fee: $35 per family (includes one child and up to two adults.)

* Each additional child may be registered and paid separately for $5 by calling 1-800-SWEDISH (1-800-793-3474). 

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Safety

CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers

This course is designed to provide healthcare providers working in and out of a wide variety of hospital settings the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  Participant certifications are valid for two years.

**This class provides both INITIAL and RENEWAL BLS Certification requirements for health care providers.**

Fee: $60

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Fall Prevention/Steady on Your Feet

This class includes recommendations for maintaining good balance and performing daily activities safely, home and community safety tips, and community resources for staying fit.

Fee: Free

Register now


Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED

Learn how to save a life using proper first aid, automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR techniques for adults, children and infants. Participant certifications are valid for two years.

*This class does not provide Healthcare Provider BLS Certification for doctors, nurses, CNAs, or other licensed healthcare providers.**

Fee: $85/person

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Weight-Loss Education

Nonsurgical Weight Loss Seminars

Swedish Weight-Loss Services offers treatment of obesity without surgery. Attend this free class to learn about the nutrition fundamentals of non-surgical weight loss, and to learn about our treatment options. This seminar will examine the risks of medically significant obesity, and the non-surgical treatment options available to you. To learn more, click here or call 206-215-2090.

Fee: Free

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<>Surgical Weight Loss Seminars

Whether you feel ready to start a weight loss program now or are unsure about what path to take, you can learn a lot – and get answers to your questions at our free informational seminar. This free seminar will examine the risks of medically significant obesity, how a partnership with our bariatric health experts can help, and the surgical treatment options available to you. You will also have the opportunity to have your questions and concerns answered by one of our bariatric surgeons. To learn more, click here or call 206-215-2090.

Fee: Free

Register now


The TQI Diet focuses on our personal relationships with food and the important role that plays in health and weight loss issues. One of this diets key features is the lack of calorie restrictions and portion control.

In this five-class series you will:  

  • Learn how to use food to quiet inflammation and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Discover additional benefits of the TQI Diet including: weight loss, pain relief, lower lowered cholesterol and improved sleep.

Fee: $180 for the 5-class series

For more information and to register, please visit www.toquietinflammation.com.