Alternatives to Anger helps teens, adults, parents and caregivers understand and manage anger and stress, and develop the communication and problem solving skills needed for healthy relationships.

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Discover strategies to help you deal with stress and anger at home and at work

How individuals handle their anger and stress affects a radius of people around them. 

The goal of RELAX: Alternatives to Anger is to help young people, parents and caregivers foster healthy relationships so they can live, learn and grow in a safe, affirming and fair environment free from violence, abuse, bullying and harassment. Youth, parents and caregivers will learn to better manage their anger and stress at home and in the workplace.

Through presentations, group discussion and skill-building activities, participants will learn what anger is, what triggers anger, calming down and de-stressing methods, the principles of problem solving, effective communication skills and forgiving and letting go of the past. This multi-session program can be provided in a variety of community educational settings. The RELAX: Alternatives to Anger series is also available online.

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  • Oct 10

    National Diabetes Prevention Program--Kent County

    October 10, 2018 - September 25, 2019 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Michigan State University, 775 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    This course is designed for people who are at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The focus is on lifestyle changes that promote slow, steady weight loss.

  • Jul 12

    Matter of Balance

    July 12, 2019 - August 30, 2019 Plymouth Arms Senior Apartments, 890 Perkins NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to improve balance.

  • Jul 31

    Managing Chronic Illness

    July 31, 2019 9:00AM - 10:00AM Holland Farmers Market, 150 West 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423

    The PATH program helps you manage your condition day-to-day and cope with the symptoms and emotional impact of living with a chronic condition. This informational session will show you how the PATH program can help you feel more in control of your health.

  • Aug 6

    Dining with Diabetes

    August 6, 2019 - August 27, 2019 Tuesdays 8/6, 13, 20, 27 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe, Rockford, MI 49341

    Dining with Diabetes is a fun and interactive series for individuals with pre-diabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, members of their support system and/or anyone interested in learning more about healthy eating and diabetes prevention.

Not seeing an upcoming class in your area? Contact us at your county MSU Extension office for more information about this program in your area.

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