Event Calendar

National Jewish Health is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and the community. Due to the concerns around COVID-19, we are are rescheduling many of our in-person events to a later time. See event details for the latest updates. ​

 

Patient Education Classes Temporarily Suspended – March 13

National Jewish Health is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and the community. Due to the concerns around COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending all patient education classes. We plan to resume these classes as soon as possible and thank you for your understanding.

 

Patient education classes are an important part of your experience at National Jewish Health. The classes will give you and your family the information and tools to manage your disease.

Plan to attend classes during your evaluation at National Jewish Health. The patient education classes are free for patients and family members.

Patient Education classes meet in the Patient Education Room A01b. The classroom is located in the basement across the hall from the main elevator.

 

Monday
Stress Management and Relaxation (Adult class)

(2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

You will learn to identify how muscle tension and mental stress disrupt the breathing process. You will learn various techniques to assist in the relaxation process. These include diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization skills, and the therapeutic use of hobbies.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Asthma and Exercise (Pediatric class)

(1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

If your child is school age and has asthma you may find this class helpful. The class will cover the benefits of exercise, plus safe and appropriate exercise programs. Discussions will include how asthma and asthma medications may affect sports participation and how to communicate.

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Tuesday
Understanding CPAP (Adult class)

(9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

This class will discuss why treating sleep apnea is important, address the most common challenges associated with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, and provide tools to improve comfort and success with treatment.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
What Makes Asthma Worse? (Adult and Pediatric Class) (Pediatric class)

(1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

What is happening in the lungs with asthma? What makes asthma worse? These questions will be discussed in this class. Irritants, allergens, infections, weather changes, exercise and gastroesophageal reflux will be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Understanding Your Lung Disease and Testing (Adult class)

(10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

Understanding your lung disease is often helpful. COPD (Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis). Bronchiectasis and Interstitial Lung Disease will be discussed. Common testing to evaluate chronic lung disease will also be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Tools for Fitness (Adult class)

(11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

This class will review the exercise prescription. The benefits of aerobic exercises and how to overcome obstacles that may affect your exercise program will also be discussed.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
What Makes Asthma Worse? (Adult and Pediatric Class) (Adult class)

(1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

What is happening in the lungs with asthma? What makes asthma worse? These questions will be discussed in this class. Irritants, allergens, infections, weather changes, exercise and gastroesophageal reflux will be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Living with Chronic Disease (Adult class)

(2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.)

This class will discuss common feelings and issues when diagnosed with a chronic disease including lifestyle changes, emotional effects, self identity changes, & other psychosocial changes. This class will provide resources for living with a chronic disease and help manage this stage of life.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Your Weight, Your Way, Your Why (Adult class)

(4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (1st Tuesday of the month))

Most people know that a healthy diet and exercise help with weight loss, but actually making these behavior changes is difficult. This class tackles the challenge of behavior change and asks the deeper question of why you want to lose weight, even beyond health. We will explore a variety of topics including: nutrition, exercise, sleep, cravings, motivation, values, and habits to help you lose weight and live the life that you want to live.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Diabetes Support Group (Adult class)

(1st Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Diabetes Support GroupProvides education on diabetes topics. Talk with others who have diabetes and discover useful ways to succeed in taking care of your own diabetes.

The class and support group are meant for those:
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes
  • Who need to learn or review self-management skills
  • Who desire better blood sugar control
  • Who have a family member with prediabetes or diabetes

You will walk away feeling more confident to take care of your diabetes!

RSVP is not needed.

Location: National Jewish Health Cafeteria
Joe Walsh Memorial Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group (Adult class)

(Second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Molly Blank, Room J105)

Joe Walsh Memorial Pulmonary Fibrosis Support GroupThe Joe Walsh Memorial Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group at National Jewish Health provides a safe, secure environment for all patients with any type of pulmonary fibrosis and their family members, care providers and significant others.

The meetings will provide a different topic each month with open discussion at the end of the meeting.

This event is open to patients of National Jewish Health, as well as visitors and community members. All are welcome!

For more information, contact:
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
303.398.1621

Location: Molly Blank Conference Center, Room J105, National Jewish Health Main Campus
Wednesday
On the Go With Oxygen (Adult class)

(10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)

The benefits of oxygen therapy for people with chronic lung disease will be reviewed. Current oxygen equipment to enhance your quality of life, including traveling with oxygen will also be discussed.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Respiratory Medications (Adult class)

(1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Correct medication technique is important. Techniques to inhale medication correctly will be discussed and demonstrated in this class. Respiratory medications and common side effects will be reviewed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Learning About Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema (Adult and Pediatric Class) (Pediatric class)

(3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Learn about the importance of “Soak and Seal” in this class.  Avoidance of things that make atopic dermatitis worse, daily skin care and managing worsening symptoms will be discussed.

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Nutrition and the Person With Lung Disease (Adult class)

(2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1st Wednesday of the month))

This class discusses current nutrition guidelines for heart health, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and anyone interested in heart health and their families. Topics covered include: lipid values, heart healthy foods and lowering cholesterol, triglycerides & blood pressure with diet.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Nutrition and Heart Health (Adult class)

(2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (2nd Wednesday))

This class discusses current nutrition guidelines for heart health, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and anyone interested in heart health and their families. Topics covered include: lipid values, heart healthy foods and lowering cholesterol, triglycerides & blood pressure with diet.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Learning About Atopic Dermatitis (Adult and Pediatric Class) (Adult class)

(3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Learn about the importance of “Soak and Seal” in this class. Avoidance of things that make atopic dermatitis worse, daily skin care and managing worsening symptoms will be discussed.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Mindfulness Meditation (Adult class)

(2nd Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

While many people find it difficult to meditate, guided meditations make it easy for anyone to practice. Whether you meditate regularly or are new to the practice and wish to get started, guided meditations provide a way to effortlessly enter into a meditative state by the direction of an expert.

The session will be led by Lata Shirname-More, Manager, Div of Environmental Occupational Health Sciences, who has been a meditator for over 15 years  and teaching it as a volunteer & certified instructor, through the Art of Living Foundation, which operates in 154 countries.

No preparation or training required; the voice of the teacher will lead you.

National Jewish Health is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and the community. Due to the concerns around COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending this support group. We plan to resume these classes as soon as possible and thank you for your understanding.​

Location: All Patient Education classes meet in the Patient Education Room A01b. The classroom is located in the basement across the hall from the main elevator.
Thursday
Your Weight, Your Way, Your Why (Adult class)

(9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (1st Thursday of the month))

Most people know that a healthy diet and exercise help with weight loss, but actually making these behavior changes is difficult. This class tackles the challenge of behavior change and asks the deeper question of why you want to lose weight, even beyond health. We will explore a variety of topics including: nutrition, exercise, sleep, cravings, motivation, values, and habits to help you lose weight and live the life that you want to live.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
COPD Virtual Support Group (Adult class)

(2nd Thursday of every month, 2-3pm)

COPD Support GroupThe meetings will include an educational presentation (a different topic each meeting), followed by open discussion of any topic.

This monthly event takes place the second Thursday of every month from 2-3 p.m. at:

Virtual Support Group Only
We will NOT be meeting at National Jewish Health

To join via webhttps://njhealth.zoom.us/j/2803335339

To join via Zoom app: Type in the Meeting ID directly: 280 333 5339

To join via phone: Call 669.900.6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 280 333 5339. When it asks for Participant ID, skip this and hit #.

For information, please call Elizabeth Langhoff, LCSW, at 303.270.2743

Location: Online @ https://njhealth.zoom.us/j/2803335339
Asthma Medications and Self Management (Adult and Pediatric Class) (Adult class)

(9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (1st and 3rd Thursday of the month))

Correct medication technique is important. Asthma medications, side effects and correct techniques will be discussed. Monitoring asthma by assessing symptoms and using a peak flow meter with an Asthma Action Plan will also be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Managing Your Lung Disease (Adult class)

(10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Topics reviewed in class include treatment goals, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding infections, medication, oxygen therapy, breathing retraining, & technique to bring up mucus. An action plan & advanced directives are also discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Antibiotics for Mycobacterial and Other Lung Diseases (Adult class)

(11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

There are a variety of antibiotics that are used to treat mycobacterial disease. These medications and common side-effects will be discussed in this class.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Asthma Medications and Self Management (Adult and Pediatric Class) (Pediatric class)

(9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (1st and 3rd Thursday of the month))

Correct medication technique is important. Asthma medications, side effects and correct techniques will be discussed. Monitoring asthma by assessing symptoms and using a peak flow meter with an Asthma Action Plan will also be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Managing Asthma for Children and Teens (Pediatric class)

(12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month on the pediatric unit))

Correct medication technique is important. Asthma medications, side effects and correct techniques will be discussed. Monitoring asthma by assessing symptoms and using a peak flow meter with an Asthma Action Plan will also be discussed. The focus is for children and teens with asthma and their parents.

Location: Pediatric Unit
All About Sleep Apnea (Adult class)

(3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

This is a class for people with sleep apnea. The class will review the pathopysiology and symptoms of sleep apnea, as well as problems if left untreated. Treatment options, emphasizing CPAP therapy and tips/tricks for CPAP success will be discussed.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Lung Cancer Virtual Support Group (Adult class)

(3rd Thursday of every month, 2pm-3pm.)

Lung Cancer Support GroupLung cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers and family members are invited to attend.  The meetings will include a 30-minute educational presentation (a different topic each meeting), followed by open discussion of any topic. The group is open to people who have received treatment at National Jewish Health and elsewhere.

Virtual Support Group Only
We will NOT be meeting at National Jewish Health

To join via webhttps://njhealth.zoom.us/j/2803335339

To join via Zoom app: Type in the Meeting ID directly: 280 333 5339

To join via phone: Call 669.900.6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 280 333 5339. When it asks for Participant ID, skip this and hit #.

For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Langhoff, LCSW, at 303.270.2743 or send an email at langhoffe@njhealth.org.

Location: All Patient Education classes meet in the Patient Education Room A01b. The classroom is located in the basement across the hall from the main elevator.
Peers Accepting and Coping Together (PACT) (Pediatric class)

(2nd Thursday of each month - 11-13 years old, 4th Thursday of each month - 14-17 years old, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

Peers Accepting and Coping Together (PACT) Support GroupPeers Accepting and Coping Together (PACT) is a chronic illness support group. This is a group that allows kids and teens to:

  • Talk openly about their illness with peers
  • Feel supported by peers
  • Learn ways to help cope with demands of their illness

Contact OlandA@NJHealth.org or 303.398.1516 for initial group intake and more information.

Location: National Jewish Health for Kids
Friday
Intimacy and the Person with Lung Disease (Adult class)

(10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)

This class describes human sexuality and the normal response to a sexual stimulus. Normal changes related to aging and problems related to chronic disease and respiratory conditions will be reviewed. Strategies to improve intimacy and sexual functioning will be discussed.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Tools for Giving-Up Smoking - Trying Again (Adult class)

(12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Second Friday every month))

If you're just thinking about giving up smoking or ready to set a quit date, this class is for you. This is an informative class that follows along with the Understanding Giving Up Smoking booklet. It will provide you with helpful, practical tools as you prepare to give up smoking.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Diabetes Basics (Adult class)

(1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

This class will address how you can take control of caring for diabetes. The interactive nature of the class will leave you feeling confident to recognize and treat low blood sugar, what foods have carbohydrates, and what causes your blood sugar to increase and decrease, as well as understand how diabetes medicines work.

 

Location: Patient Education Room A01b
Tools for Giving-Up Smoking - Trying Again (Pediatric class)

(12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Second Friday every month))

If you're just thinking about giving up smoking or ready to set a quit date, this class is for you. This is an informative class that follows along with the Giving Up Smoking Med Facts series. It will provide you with helpful, practical tools as you prepare to give up smoking.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

Location: Patient Education Room A01b