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Healthy Opportunities (September 2015)

There are numerous opportunities to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life in Springfield and Greene County. This page is intended to highlight some of those upcoming activities or classes, whether they are conducted by our department or other organizations in the area. For more information about this page, contact Rinda Dunn, RN.

Physical Activity


"Walk Springfield" - Explore the Ozarks through a series of dozens of 30-minute walks mapped out across the area. These paths were chosen for their walkability and scenic character. Go to and use the search term "Walk Springfield" in the Path Name field. Or, use a local ZIP code to find even more walks created by other local people.


Check out The LinkThe Link is a planned bicycle and pedestrian route through Springfield’s core that will connect existing and planned greenways. Using primarily existing streets with minimal vehicular traffic, the ultimate goal is to develop a system of shared-use routes that creates an experience of comfort and safety.


Want to know where the upcoming running events are around Springfield? Check out the exhaustive list from Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners.

Upcoming Runs/Walks-   


Farm 2 Table Cooking Class
Sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) and Springfield-Greene County Parks Department.  
Next class topic:  Vegetable Sides
Date: Tuesday, September 1st
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Harrison Elementary, 3055 W. Kildee Lane
Cost:  Free and open to public
Register:  For more information call Cathy Gaw at (417) 864-1667

Cooking With Chef Chadwick
Learn simple recipes with common ingredients and sample some delicious food.
Dates and Times:
September 2nd- 4 pm
September 4th-  4 pm
September 11th- 4 pm
September 12th- 11 am
Location:  Cash Saver, 2650 W. Kearney Street
Cost:  Free and open to the public
For More Information:  Call Rinda Dunn at (417) 864-1498

Mercy Women's Heart Center Cooking School
All classes feature food demonstrations of heart healthy cooking tips, nutritional guidelines and recommendations, and recipe. 
Location: Mercy Women's Heart Center
Cost: $10 per class 
Register: Call (417) 820-3666 or email for more information

Stress Management

Women's Heart Center Stress Less Classes
The Women's Heart Center offers a series of three Stress-Less classes. Learn ways to change your attitude about everyday stress and coping skills to reduce the effect of stressful events. Learn to notice your unique stress responses and practice ways to change them. 
Location: Hammons Heart Institute
Time: Classes are held on three consecutive Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Cost: $39 for the 3-class series
Registration: Call (417) 820-3666

Tobacco Cessation

Freedom From Smoking classes
Sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, this proven program features a small-group setting led by a trained facilitator and includes eight sessions that take participants through a step-by-step plan to quit smoking.
Register: Call (417) 864-1498

Cox Health Presents Beat the Pack 
A class to help you quit smoking.
Location: Cox Walnut Lawn, 960 E. Walnut Lawn St., Diabetes Center, Suite 203, SC
Date: Offered Every Tuesday
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $80
Register: Call (417) 269-4847

Mercy Tobacco Treatment Services
Offers one-on-one treatment options.
More information: Call (417) 820-3666 or 1-800-200-9000; or Mercy Corporate Health at (417) 820-3400

Support Groups & Classes

Living Healthy with Diabetes
A workshop that will help you take control of your diabetes rather than letting it control you.  Learn to manage symptoms, lessen frustration, fight fatigue, eat healthier, monitor blood sugar, make daily tasks easier, be active, and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.
Location:  Jordan Valley Community Health Center, 440 E. Tampa St
Date:  Every Tuesday, July 7th- August 11th
Time:  12:00- 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free, Participants will receive a book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions
Registration:  Call 417-447-4077, ext. 1148

Mercy Diabetes Support Group
These groups provide support for patients and their families dealing with the diagnosis of diabetes type 2.  
Location: Mercy Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic
Cost: Free
Register: Call 1-800-909-8326 or 841-0333 for more information