Whitney Wellness

Whitney Senior Center, located in St. Cloud, MN, strives to promote the holistic well-being of all people 55+ in the greater St. Cloud area and beyond, by providing opportunities for social interaction, recreation, and education. We engage, enrich, and empower the diverse interests and needs of all with dignity, innovation, and joy.

Everyone ages. It is an inherent property of life. As our bodies and minds develop over time, we adapt to these changes by modifying our decisions and actions. The later years of life can be especially challenging, but the Whitney Senior Center is here to provide help through our Wellness Workshops.

The good news is you can learn to take better care of yourself with fun, interactive classes right in your community, or join us online with Zoom. You'll practice setting goals based on your priorities and tackle topics from reading food labels to coping with emotions. So many little things add up to big results when you focus on your health. Best of all, you'll regain a sense that you are in control - not your condition. These workshops help you implement healthy behaviors into your daily life.


About Us

Offered Virtually on Zoom and In-Person (limited)

Lifestyle Coaching - National Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a lifestyle-change program designed for people with pre-diabetes. It is based on the CDC’s curriculum and the NDPP’s standards. Participants will learn how to make lasting lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier, adding physical activity into daily routines, and improving coping skills.

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Health Coaches for Hypertension

The aim of Health Coaches for Hypertension is to improve hypertension self-management through small group educational sessions and support offered by trained health coaches.

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Steps to Healthier Living

Put Life Back in Your Life! A proven program to improve health and well-being for people with long-term health conditions. Arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, etc. You'll learn and share with others!

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Living Well with Chronic Pain

Living Well with Chronic Pain is a 6-week workshop that teaches practical skills for living a happy, healthy life while managing chronic pain. You will learn about techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, poor sleep, appropriate use of exercise, appropriate use of medication, effective communication, how to evaluate new treatments, and nutrition. This interactive workshop meets for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. This workshop is for adults, ages 18 and older.

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Living Well with Diabetes

If you are one of the millions of people living with diabetes, we have good news to help you achieve a better quality of life. Participating in this program can help you learn skills to manage your diabetes more effectively by checking blood sugar regularly, eating healthy food, being active, taking medicines as prescribed, and handling stress.

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Cancer: Thriving and Surviving

Millions of people in the United States have had cancer at some point in their lifetimes and the numbers are growing. Cancer self-management education programs can help people affected by cancer identify ways to reduce stress, manage pain, relax, and feel better.

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Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB) is an evidence-based exercise training program that was designed for older adults at risk of falling and/or people with balance disorders. The program was developed at Oregon Research Institute by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D.

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SAIL - Stay Active and Independent for Life

SAIL is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials, and self-assessments. The classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strength, balance, flexibility, and aerobics. All exercises and aerobics can be done sitting or standing and are very adaptive.

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A Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have this concern. It is based upon research conducted by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University.

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Aging Mastery Program

Empower yourself! Join thousands of others who have taken key steps toward positive behavior change by participating in Aging Mastery®—a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.

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Walk with Ease for Arthritis

Do you live with osteoarthritis or another chronic pain condition? Walking can help you manage your pain and improve your overall health. The Walk With Ease program can inspire you to start a personalized and enjoyable walking program today.

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Guided Autobiography

Guided Autobiography is a 10-week class that helps individuals organize their life stories. Guided by a trained instructor, participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten.

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Men's Health Series

Men's Sheds are an international movement designed to provide senior and retired men the opportunity to share stories, work on projects, and provide service to their community. We will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at Whitney. Questions? Concerns? Call out our front desk at 320-255-7245!

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  •  6/7/2022 09:00 AM - 6/7/2022 11:00 AM
  •   12 West Minnesota Street, Saint Joseph, MN, USA

Thursdays, June 7-July 26, 9:00am-11:00am, In-Person @ Heritage Hall, St. Joseph Matter of Balance is a group workshop designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants set goals and make plans to manage their fear of falling that often limits their activities. Workshops are interactive and focus on peer support. Held on Tuesdays for 8 consecutive weeks.

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  •  6/30/2022 09:00 AM - 6/30/2022 10:30 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Thursdays, June 30-August 18, 9:00am-10:30am The aim of Health Coaches for Hypertension Control is to improve hypertension self-management through small group educational sessions and support offered by trained health coaches.

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  •  7/11/2022 01:00 PM - 7/12/2022 03:30 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Mondays, July 11-August 15, 1:00pm-3:30pm Living Well with Chronic Pain is a 6-week workshop that teaches practical skills for living a happy, healthy life while managing chronic pain. You will learn about techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, poor sleep, appropriate use of exercise, appropriate use of medication, effective communication, how to evaluate new treatments, and nutrition. This interactive workshop meets for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. This work shop is for adults, ages 18 and older.

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  •  7/19/2022 09:00 AM - 7/19/2022 10:30 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Tuesdays, July 19-Sept 27, 9:00am-10:30am, In-Person/Zoom Empower yourself! Join thousands of others who have taken key steps toward positive behavior change by participating in Aging Mastery®—a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.

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  •  7/27/2022 11:00 AM - 7/27/2022 12:00 PM
  • Online Event

Wednesdays, July 27-Aug 31, 11:00am-12:00pm, Telephone/Toolkit Put Life Back in Your Life! is a proven program to improve health and well-being for people with long-term health conditions including arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, etc. You'll learn and share with others! Telephone/Toolkit

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  •  8/1/2022 02:45 PM - 8/1/2022 03:45 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Mondays & Wednesdays, Aug 1-Oct 25, 2:45pm-3:45pm, In-Person@ Whitney/Zoom Tai Ji Quan is an evidence-based fall prevention program designed for older adults developed by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. TJQMBB transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving: - postural stability - awareness and mindful control of body positioning - functional walking - movement symmetry and coordination - range of motion around the ankle and hip joints - lower-extremity muscle strength. This workshop will be held in-person at Whitney Senior Center and on Zoom.

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  •  8/8/2022 09:00 AM - 8/8/2022 10:30 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Mondays, Aug 8-Sept 26, 9:00am-10:30am, In-Person @ Whitney Have you every wanted to document your life story in some way? Guided Autobiography is led by a trained instructor, and participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. Held on Tuesdays for 7 consecutive weeks.

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  •  8/15/2022 11:00 AM - 8/15/2022 12:00 PM
  • Online Event

Mondays, Aug 15-Dec 12, 11:00am-12:00pm, Zoom This is a year-long program that meets weekly for 16 weeks, and then monthly for the remainder of the year. Each session is one hour in length. The class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who have similar experiences. This workshop will be offered on Zoom.

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  •  8/16/2022 10:30 AM - 8/16/2022 11:30 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Tuesdays, Aug 16-Nov 29, 10:30am-11:30am, In-Person @ Whitney This is a year-long program that meets weekly for 16 weeks, and then monthly for the remainder of the year. Each session is one hour in length. The class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who have similar experiences. This workshop will be offered in-person at Whitney Senior Center.

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  •  9/12/2022 06:00 PM - 9/12/2022 07:00 PM
  • Online Event

Mondays, Sept 12-Oct 17, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Telephone/Toolkit If you are one of the millions of people living with diabetes, we have good news to help you achieve a better quality of life. Participating in this program can help you learn skills to manage your diabetes more effectively by checking blood sugar regularly, eating healthy food, being active, taking medicines as prescribed, and handling stress.

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  •  9/15/2022 10:00 AM - 9/15/2022 12:00 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Thursdays, Sept 15-Nov 3, 10:00am-12:00pm, In-Person @ Whitney Matter of Balance is a group workshop designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants set goals and make plans to manage their fear of falling that often limits their activities. Workshops are interactive and focus on peer support. Held on Wednesdays for 8 consecutive weeks.

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  •  5/11/2022 10:00 AM - 5/11/2022 12:00 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Wednesdays, May 11-June 29, 10:00am-12:00pm, In-Person@ Whitney Matter of Balance is a group workshop designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants set goals and make plans to manage their fear of falling that often limits their activities. Workshops are interactive and focus on peer support. Held on Wednesdays for 8 consecutive weeks.

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  •  5/5/2022 11:15 AM - 5/5/2022 12:15 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Thursdays, May 5-Aug 18, 11:15am-12:15pm, In-Person @ Whitney/Zoom This is a year-long program that meets weekly for 16 weeks, and then monthly for the remainder of the year. Each session is one hour in length. The class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who have similar experiences. This workshop will be offered in-person at Whitney Senior Center and on Zoom.

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  •  4/21/2022 10:00 AM - 4/21/2022 11:30 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Health Coaches for Hypertension consists of eight sessions. The 90-minute sessions include experiential learning strategies appropriate for those with health literacy challenges. A notebook of activities is provided for each participant which the health coach guides the participant in using throughout each session. This workshop will be held in-person at Whitney Senior Center and online through Zoom.

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  •  4/19/2022 09:00 AM - 4/19/2022 10:30 AM
  •   3701 12th Street North, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Have you every wanted to document your life story in some way? Guided Autobiography is led by a trained instructor, and participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. Held on Tuesdays for 7 consecutive weeks.

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  •  4/18/2022 09:00 AM - 4/18/2022 10:30 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Have you every wanted to document your life story in some way? Guided Autobiography is led by a trained instructor, and participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten.

Read More
  •  4/12/2022 09:00 AM - 4/12/2022 10:00 AM
  • Online Event

This is a year-long program that meets weekly for 16 weeks, and then monthly for the remainder of the year. Each session is one hour in length. The class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who have similar experiences. This workshop will be offered in-person at Whitney Senior Center.

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  •  4/7/2022 09:30 AM - 4/7/2022 12:00 PM
  • Online Event

IF YOU LIVE WITH DIABETES and would like to improve your health and well-being, this class is for you! Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems as they carry out their self-management program. Family members, friends, and partners are welcome.

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  •  4/5/2022 05:30 PM - 4/5/2022 07:00 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Mindful Presence provides mindfulness meditation training to individuals who want to develop tools to work with challenging mind states known as hindrances, and cultivate consistency of practice when facing difficult challenges in life including pain, stress, anxiety, trauma, grief and chronic illness. Held on Tuesdays for 7 consecutive weeks.

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  •  4/5/2022 02:45 PM - 4/5/2022 03:45 PM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Tai Ji Quan is an evidence-based fall prevention program designed for older adults developed by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. TJQMBB transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving: - postural stability - awareness and mindful control of body positioning - functional walking - movement symmetry and coordination - range of motion around the ankle and hip joints - lower-extremity muscle strength. This workshop will be held in-person at Whitney Senior Center and on Zoom.

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  •  4/5/2022 12:00 PM - 4/5/2022 02:30 PM
  • Online Event

Put Life Back in Your Life! is a proven program to improve health and well-being for people with long-term health conditions including arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, etc. You'll learn and share with others!

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  •  3/23/2022 12:00 PM - 3/23/2022 02:30 PM
  • Online Event

Living Well with Chronic Pain is a 6-week workshop that teaches practical skills for living a happy, healthy life while managing chronic pain. You will learn about techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, poor sleep, appropriate use of exercise, appropriate use of medication, effective communication, how to evaluate new treatments, and nutrition. This interactive workshop meets for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. This workshop is for adults, ages 18 and older.

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  •  3/9/2022 09:00 AM - 7/13/2022 10:00 AM
  •   1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Men have a number of unique opportunities for healthy aging. This series is designed to provide a series of topics on the ways in which men can take charge of their health, prevent chronic conditionings, and be agents in their health. We also invite those who love their men to join us in this series. Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Virtual and in-person. March 9: What’s Good for Your Heart is Good for Your Brain: Engaging in Physical Activity is Critical to Mental Health and Wellbeing. April 13: The Psychology of Aging for Men: Positive Psychology for Guys May 11: The Aging Male Body: Myths, Truths and Challenges June 8: Men’s Relationships: How Do We Interact in Unique Ways July 13: Men as Caregivers

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Paula Woischke

WSC Director/ Master Trainer/ Health Coach

Tracy Larsen

Wellness Coordinator/ Health Coach

Briana Cornell

Wellness Admin/ DPP Coordinator

Kylie Weller

WSC Program Coordinator/ Master Trainer/ Health Coach

Kristi Scheskie

Health Coach

Melissa Schneider

Health Coach

Lori Dingmann

Health Coach

Steve Hoover

CMCOA Healthy Aging Coordinator/ Health Coach

Cost Share

Workshop participants are asked to share in the costs related to that workshop. Cost-sharing dollars are used to sustain the programs. These costs are outlined during the participant registration. Nobody will be denied services based on their willingness or ability to pay.
Through a grant, Whitney Senior Center is able to loan out technology for you to participate in a workshop. Please contact the Wellness Coordinator at 320-650-3082 for more information.
If participating via Zoom, please note participants must have audio and visual technology capabilities. This could be a laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone, or a smart phone. Details will be emailed to participants once they have registered/prior to the class start date.
  • 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN, USA

If outside our office hours, you can send us an email and someone will contact you. If you want to refer someone, please feel free to give us a call and/or send us an email.

This project is funded in part by the State of MN
 Department of Human Services Live Well at Home grant,
the United Way of Central MN, and the Older Americans Act
through Central MN Council on Aging.


Also thank you to our Volunteer Lay Leaders that work with our Wellness Team - Tom Jacobs, Lolly Loomis, Shirley Adams, Lee Meyer



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