Free weekly health class in Frisco offered in Spanish |

Free weekly health class in Frisco offered in Spanish

Alli Langley

Native Spanish speakers in Summit County can now learn about how to improve their health in the language they are most comfortable with through a free class offered by the Consortium of Older Adult Wellness.

The class, Tomando Control Colorado, will be held weekly from April 23 to May 28 at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, at 340 Peak One Drive, in Frisco.

COAW program coordinator Kellee Jackson, who will lead the six-week class with another instructor, said the class will meet in the Miners Creek Room on the second floor from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Tomando Control’s curriculum was developed at Stanford University, she said, and is designed for those managing chronic diseases and their family members and caregivers.

The class will be offered for the first time in Spanish following a successful English class in the fall.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer that because there’s a fairly decent-sized Spanish speaking population,” said Jackson, who is bilingual.

She said participants will learn from the instructors, each other and their own experiences as they cover symptom and medication management, physical activity, nutrition, communication, depression, sleeping, positive thinking, breathing and relaxation.

Spanish speakers with high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, arthritis or a combination of conditions are welcome, Jackson said.

The nonprofit, based in Lakewood, Colorado, is offering the 15-hour class for free through grant funding, she said, to about 15 participants.

For information or to register, contact Kellee Jackson at 720-724-3809 or

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