Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
August 2017

Dear Community Member,

East Side's Empowering Vital Aging (EVA) project is committed to helping connect older adults to services and resources that expand their choices for remaining independent in their own homes and communities. One way we do that is our annual Health & Wellness ExpoAttendees have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of resources and services that support our commitment to make Minneapolis and surrounding areas  " Your Community for a Lifetime."

Plan to join us f or e ntertainment, door prizes and FUN as well as access to health and wellness screenings and flu shots. We expect more than 40 vendors to participate.  We'll also be "spotlighting" new technologies that  enhance and support older adults and their caregivers to age in the communities they love. 

Invite a friend to join you -- we hope to see you in September! (Details for the event below.)

The EVA Team 
612-787-4045 |

*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Service s. 
Health & Wellness Expo
Health & Wellness Expo: Your Community for a Lifetime 
Tuesday, September 12, 10:00am-12:00noon
East Side invites you to a FREE, fun, and educational event! Learn about community resources geared toward adults 50 and older from 40+ vendors. Enjoy demonstrations, giveaways, and door prizes. Receive health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, hearing, and more. Bring your insurance card/photo ID for your flu shot.
Evidence- Based Classes
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Wednesdays, August 16 - September 20, 1:00-3:30pm. 
Gain skills to live a healthier life! 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop  covers many topics including  healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions.  You will learn to se t goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve.  This self-management workshop meets Wednesday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 
This class will be held at the Labor Retreat Apartments community room, 124 SE 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414. 

This program was designed by the  Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
Living Well with Diabetes
Tuesdays, September 26 - October 31, 
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with D i abetes is a self-management workshop that covers many topics including techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes: fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression; healthy eating; e xercise; medication usa ge; and working effectively with health care providers. Participants will set goals, share experiences, and help each other to solve problems they encounter.   This self-management workshop meets Tuesday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 

This program was designed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
Evidence- Based Class in Progress
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30, 10:30-11:30am
This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving   balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through  mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday mornings for 12-weeks.  
Classes are held at East Side Neighborhood Services  (1700 Second St NE, Minneapolis 55413) unless otherwise noted.  The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. To register, call  612-787-4045 or email
Weekdays with EVA
Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Drop by for East Side's Vital Fitness group! The group meets weekly in East Side's gymnasium for a variety of exercises that improve balance, strength, and coordination. There is no cost to participate. Contact Gloria with any questions at 612-787-4076. 

Senior Dining 
Monday - Friday, 12:00pm-12:30pm
Join friends for a warm, nutritious meal in our bright, welcoming community room, hosted by Volunteers of America. For Seniors 60+, the suggested donation per meal is $4.00. Please make your reservation three days in advance by calling Dawn at 612-787-4093.
Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Monthly Elder Law Clinics
Elder Law Clinic
Saturday, August 26, 10:00am-2:00pm 
Seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge. To make an appointment, e-mail or call 612-781-6011. Other dates the clinic will be held are September 30, and October 28. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Host a  Neighborhood Social Circle and increase social connections for older adults!
Older people are more likely to be at risk of becoming socially isolated, leading to poor health outcomes. Neighborhood Social Circles provide an opportunity for neighbors to meet, share stories, and get to know each other. 

The Neighborhood Social Circles model:
  • A series of weekly gatherings held in a community room at an apartment building, house of worship, or public space
  • A small group of 4 to 7 community volunteers and their invited guests: 8-14 people total, plus the facilitator  
  • Community volunteers invite an older person they have identified who would like the social contact
  • Each week, the facilitator starts the conversation, allowing       attendees to feel safe and comfortable sharing something about their lives that is meaningful to them
If you would like to host, participate, or just learn more about Social Circles, contact Linnea at or 612-787-4045.
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
Free Fresh Produce @ Parker Skyview!
1815 Central Avenue NE
Thursdays, August 17 & September 21, 1:00-3:00pm 
East Side is partnering with Second Harvest Heartland to bring fresh produce to Northeast! Open to anyone in need -- no age or income criteria required. Please bring a reusable shopping bag for carrying home your produce. 

This project is supported by the Minneapolis Health Department with funding from the MN Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
Open Streets Northeast: Dance. Bike. Play!
Sunday, August 6, 11:00am - 5:00pm 
Along Central Avenue NE, 5th Street NE, and Hennepin Avenue E
Enjoy traveling down car-free streets and experiencing Northeast like you never have before.  Shoot some hoops thanks to the Minnesota Timberwolves on 5th St NE, or dance and work out in the street with Shift Fitness on Central Ave. Your kids can get in on the fun too at the Kids Zone!  Stop at a food truck or local restaurant and get a bite to eat -- with 26 different vendors coming out with food or drink, there will always be something new to try!
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 10:00 am-Noon (summer hours) 
Come for a walk on the smooth and climate controlled indoor track at Bottineau Park, 2000 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis.  After your walk, catch up with the news and have a cup of coffee. Donations are appreciated. 

Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services and Bottineau Park.
F oot Clinics
Thursday, August 17 and Monday, August 21
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, August 17 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, August 21 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
Call 612-781-5096 to sign up. Cost is $30.00 paid to nurse. 
Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services.
Diabetes Prevention
Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes with the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) lifestyle change intervention offered by Neighborhood HealthSource clinics. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes.
Neighborhood HealthSource delivers the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Fremont, Sheridan, and Central Clinics. There is no cost to participants.  To learn more call (612) 287-2447.
Mammograms & Breast Health
Join Neighborhood Health Source for mammograms, breast health education, and food. Most insurance accepted. If you don't have insurance, MDH Sage covers costs for eligible women. 
The next monthly mammogram event is on  Thursday, August 24,  8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Sheridan Clinic - Neighborhood HealthSource ( 342 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)   To schedule a mammogram, call 612-287-2433.
F unded by Susan J. Komen Minnesota and Park Nicollet Health Services. 
Nutritious Meals Delivered
Eastside Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound persons living in NE and SE Minneapolis, and St. Anthony Village.  Contact Eastside Meals on Wheels at 612-277-2529 or via email at to register.
Resource Corner
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors
Contact Senior LinkAge Line  1-800-333-2433 or online at for more information. 
East Side Neighborhood Services | 612-781-6011 
1700 Second Street NE,  Minneapolis, MN 55413