Classes & Events

Improving the health of the people and communities we serve

In keeping with our mission — to improve the health of the people and communities we serve — our community programs are designed to promote healthy lifestyles and teach you the basic steps of disease prevention and safety. They are built around what you tell us you need most, including classes on disease prevention and wellness, and health screenings for early detection of common health conditions. Our goal is to help you improve your health and live a healthier life. 

Our team of physicians, nurses and dietitians are dedicated to helping you take the first steps to better health. Our programs are offered on the Missouri Baptist Medical Center campus and at various off-site locations in your neighborhood.

BJC is a Proud Sponsor of OASIS

Because BJC HealthCare supports classes that help people adopt healthy lifestyles, manage chronic conditions and stay engaged in the community, we are a proud sponsor of OASIS.

Oasis is one of the nation’s leading providers of programming for older adults. A pioneer in healthy aging, Oasis is committed to enriching the lives of older adults by offering innovative programs to satisfy curiosity and expand interests. Oasis understands and meets the diverse needs of the aging population.

St. Louis Oasis now offers Zoom video and phone-based programs designed to improve health, continue learning, and strengthen social engagement. Access programs from the safety and comfort of your home using a phone, tablet or computer.

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For more information or to register for a class, call 314-996-LIFE.

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Free From Falls

Missouri’s rate of falls among adults age 65 and older is almost twice as much as any other state! Whether you’ve had a fall or just want to learn more about what you can do to prevent future falls, this class is for you.

Available online via Zoom
Friday, May 29 • 9:30 - 11 a.m.

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Osteoporosis Do’s and Don’ts of Everyday Movement

If you have osteoporosis or osteopenia did you know some of your daily movements could cause a fracture? Learn how osteoporosis fractures happen and how to avoid them with simple modifications to your everyday movements. Learn to use your joints wisely and protect your bones and joints from unnecessary injuries.

Available online via Zoom
Wednesday, June 3 • 10 a.m. - noon

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All About Artificial Sweeteners

New research is constantly shedding new understanding on how the food we eat affects diabetes risk and management. Join dietitian Leslie Bertsch to learn about the latest research on the role of artificial sweeteners and sugar on your health.

Available online via Zoom
Friday, June 5 • 10 - 11 a.m.

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Standing Tall−Tips for Improving Your Posture

Did you know poor posture can be a cause of pain, can lead to organ problems and can make you look older? Learn from a physical therapist how to check your own posture along with techniques to instantly improve your posture. You will also learn important posture exercises and about devices you can use to make you stand tall.

Available online via Zoom
Tuesday, June 16 • 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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Kick the Achiness of Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common diagnoses, encompassing at least 200,000 new cases a year. This course is designed to help you learn the best ways to manage arthritis with exercise. A trained physical therapist will direct you through minimal load exercises and activities to maximize your function and minimize your pain! This course will be directed towards the lower body.

Available online via Zoom
Tuesday, June 23 • 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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Healthcare: Become Your Own Advocate

Healthcare is extraordinarily complex and expensive.  Being an informed consumer can make you  a better advocate for you and your family when you must interact with the healthcare system. This program will give you tips and tools to help you be a better consumer of healthcare services.

Available online via Zoom
Wednesday, July 1 • 1-2:30 p.m.

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Better Choices, Better Health® Diabetes Workshop

Living with diabetes can present many challenges, such as knowing how and when to eat, living your life so you can avoid complications, and getting support you want from family and friends. A Better Choices, Better Health-Diabetes® workshop can help you manage these concerns.

Available online via Zoom
Mondays, June 15 through July 27 • 1 - 3:30 p.m.

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Better Choices, Better Health® Diabetes Workshop

Living with diabetes can present many challenges, such as knowing how and when to eat, living your life so you can avoid complications, and getting support you want from family and friends. A Better Choices, Better Health-Diabetes® workshop can help you manage these concerns.

Available online via Zoom
Tuesdays, August 11 through September 22 • 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Stir-fried Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower takes the place of rice to help increase your vegetable intake and cut starches. Enjoy this delicious, one-dish meal.

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Tomatillo Salsa

With high fiber, unique antioxidant mix and vitamins C and A, "husk tomatoes" bring the flavor of Mexico to your table with this spicy Salsa Verde.

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Peach Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients filled with protein and fiber. This recipe makes a nutrient dense, guilt free snack for any occasion.

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Chopped Peanut Salad

With tofu croutons and chopped peanuts, this Asian-inspired chopped salad packs a nutritional punch with 16 g of protein and only 257 calories.

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Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

This timeless dessert recipe doesn't have to only be for special occasions. Treat yourself without feeling the guilt of a full slice.

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Pulled Jackfruit Arepas

Jackfruit is a versatile fruit that, because of its meaty, stringy texture, can be used as a meat substitution. We pair it with arepas to create a Latin twist on the traditional pulled pork sandwich.

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Ingredients for our mushroom, barley soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

This recipe is packed with nutrients lowering cholesterol, fighting infections, and boosting the immune system. Consider this soup recipe over the classic chicken noodle when fighting an illness.

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Beets and Couscous with Seared Chicken

Don't miss a beet! Take advantage of this antioxidant-packed recipe.

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Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats

Perfect for the human-on-the-go, this recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is a sure way to set you up for success. With protein, fiber and fat, this easy recipe provides the nutrients you need to energize your morning.

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Don't feel guilty about indulging in this casserole, with only 27 grams of carbohydrates, you have room for another carbohydrate choice.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Don't feel guilty about indulging in this casserole, with only 27 grams of carbohydrates, you have room for another carbohydrate choice. Add a little kick by trying 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper in your recipe. 

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Root Vegetable Hash

Root veggies provide needed carbs and starch, making them a great replacement to grains.

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Modern Italian Meatballs

A modern twist on the traditional meatball. Lean ground turkey reduces the fat and sodium to be more heart healthy.

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