Be Well Programs

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Be Well University

Health education programs are designed to empower Derby residence to improve their health and quality of life. Programs are managed by the Derby Health Collaborative. All classes require registration. Call the DRC at 788-3781 or click here. 

Registration for summer classes begins Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:00am.  Click below to register and see times and days for the classes listed.

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 Summer 2020

COVID-19 Precautions
We value the safety of our staff and participants. Social distancing will be practiced in all programs and participants are welcome to wear masks. Classrooms will be disinfected before, during and after class. Instructors will wear facemasks in the common areas of the facility and have the option to wear facemasks while teaching. If you have any concern about your safety, we recommend you wait to take the class until the current environment changes. 


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Join the Derby Walks Initiative by pledging to walk 30 minutes most days to improve and maintain your health. Walking is great for your health and only requires a good pair of shoes.  Walking reduces the risk of many chronic diseases too. By signing up and tracking your time, you will become eligible to use the indoor track at the DRC free of charge on inclement weather days. Download the forms or call 788-3781.

Oaklawn Walks

Join the Oaklawn Walks Initiative by pledging to walk 30 minutes most days to improve and maintain your health. Walking is great for your health and only requires a good pair of shoes.  Walking reduces the risk of many chronic diseases too. By signing up and tracking your time, you will become eligible to use the indoor gym at the Oaklawn Activity Center free of charge from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on inclement weather days. Download the forms at or call 529-2677.

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Imagine you are taking a walk through High Park and you come upon a page from a children’s picture book. As you walk along the path, you discover another page, and then another and you realize you’re reading a story! StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors. Conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers, and other adults to take young children outdoors to enjoy reading stories together, StoryWalk helps build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both children and their families. Join the fun at Derby’s High Park!

May, June, July 2020    Lily Brown’s Paintings, Angela Johnson

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THe real skinny on fat

If you have tried and failed to lose weight in the past, then you NEED The Real Skinny On Fat. Because pretty much everything you’ve ever been told about weight loss in the past is a big fat lie… Low fat is NOT the way to lose body fat. And The Real Skinny On Fat shows you exactly why this is. This new documentary video series The REAL SKINNY ON FAT brings together over 50 top experts in the world to finally uncover why we keep getting fatter anReal Skinny on Fatd unhealthier…and what we need to do to take back our health and future. The reality is… we’ve been so overloaded with mis-information and blatantly false science about our health. Come take a deep dive to finally answer all your questions about diet, weight, fat, health and your longevity with amazing new science and research that’s changing the way we look at our human bodies all the way down to the cellular level.

Day:     Mondays
Dates: June 15 – August 3
Time:  5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Fee:     $25.00 for entire series
Location:  Hubbard Arts Center

Keto Metabolic Makeover Masterclass

Join us for the new Keto Metabolic Makeover Masterclass. This 9-week support group will help you learn the advanced ketogenic diet techniques to burn fat & eliminate symptoms of chronic disease. This nutrition plan has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. It also improves cellular healing and supports stronger and healthier cells. All of this leads to reduced risk of chronic disease as well as improved muscle development and fat metabolism. Participants will view a video and be provided with step-by-step instructions to help you navigate the ketogenic diet so you can get and stay in ketosis for as long as you like, so you can burn fat and say goodbye to your worse chronic diseases.

Day:     Tuesdays
Dates: June 16 – August 4
Time:  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Fee:     $40.00 for entire series
Location:  Hubbard Arts Center

Oaklawn Community Garden 

Healthy living starts with healthy eating. Have you wanted to learn how to garden or just don’t have the space at your home? Have you wanted to teach the “little ones” where their food comes from? The Oaklawn Community Garden is 5,000 square feet located just east of the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton. Community gardening is perfect for apartment dwellers, senior citizens and families with young children, churches and local community organizations. Space is limited so act now to reserve your garden plot. The cost for a 4 x16 foot plot is just $20 for the entire growing season. Grow your own flowers, fruits and vegetables!

  • 4 foot high garden plots.
  • Water provided.
  • Some tools available.
  • Come and go at your leisure.

Volunteers are also needed to help get the garden ready for spring. If you need community service hours or just want to make new friends contact Debbie Williams at or telephone (316)788- 3781.

Chronic Disease 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

If you are living with depression, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., then this 6-week program is for you. This CDSMP workshop is interactive and helps you learn techniques to manage your chronic condition. Workshops are free and led by trained leaders. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Condition, and an audio relaxation tape. Classes are highly participatory, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling live.

Day:     Mondays
Session Dates:  July 6 –  August 10
Time:  10:00 to 12:00 pm
Fee:     FREE
Location:  Derby Senior Center

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Let’s Diabeat This Programs



SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation. Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID (pronounced SOO-idd), which stands for “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.” The Derby Health Collaborative will host a seminar to inform parents, grandparents and friends about the newest research and the best practices to keep your infants safe and healthy. New moms (within 1 year) and expectant moms will received a portable baby crib upon completion of the requirements.  

Day:    Wednesday
Date:   August 12
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register
Location:  Hubbard Arts Center

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Baby Talk is a free prenatal education series taught by medical professionals that gives women and their family a chance to learn and get ready for the new baby. You will get informative materials and baby items simply by coming to class each week. The Baby Talk series offers an introductory class and sign up plus 6 free classes. Baby Talk gives you a place to go where you can get your questions answered in a safe and fun community. 

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Many times young people lack skills when starting their first job. Youth Job Connections is a program to teach young people skills in communication, teamwork, enthusiasm, networking, problem-solving and critical thinking. Many youth struggle filling out applications, building their resume and interviewing.  The Youth Job Connections program will teach young people responsibility, organization, time management and helping to establish good work habits, experience, and financial

This 8-week program is available to Derby youth ages 15 to 18. Class meets 2 hours each week. A program enrollment fee of $30.00 is required. Upon completion of requirements, graduates of the program will be interviewed for various  jobs at the Derby Recreation Commission.

Day:   Wednesdays
Session Dates:  June 17– August 5
Time:  10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fee:     $30.00
Location:  Hubbard Arts Center
Contact: Debbie Williams 

Wellness Your Way: The Derby Health Collaborative is happy to provide these health programs at a time that is convenient for your group. Contact Debbie at 788-3781 to schedule.