Wellness Programs

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Improve Your Health and Quality of Life 

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. 

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Derby Walks Initiative Derby Walks Logo

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.


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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 StoryWalk Logoyou’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 2022                                          Summer Song, Kevin Henkes 

August, September 2022                                  Camp Tiger, Susan Choi 

October, November, December 2022               Groovy Joe Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, Eric Litwin 



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Healthy Eating 

Real Skinny on FatThe 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 and 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. 

Keto Metabolic Makeover Masterclass

Join us for the new Keto Metabolic Makeover Masterclass. This 8-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.


Get Real, Get Healthy - Becoming Your Ideal Me   

Find out how to reshape your body, restore your energy and reboot your life by healing the root cause of overeating. Join Patty Stuever for this unique 2-week program on how to release that extra weight by learning to eliminate sugar and become your Ideal Me. It is recommended to purchase the following book to enhance your class experience; 8 to Your Ideal Weight by MK Mueller. Free, but you must register.

The Kitchen2The Kitchen at the Hubbard Arts Center

The Derby Recreation Commission’s Kitchen allows the Derby area community to come in and cook, smell and taste the food while learning beneficial nutrition practices. The Kitchen strives to make cooking accessible to everyone, by providing delicious recipes and menus that are quick, easy and affordable, accommodating varying interests, ages, and abilities. Click on Culinary Arts to find a complete schedule. We will also customize a cooking class for your group. Contact debbie@derbyrec.com.. 

Healthy Eating for Busy Families

Family dinners are great for the body, the physical health, the brain, academic performance, and mental health.  Kids who grow up having family dinners tend to eat healthier and have lower rates of obesity. We’ve teamed up with the Derby Community Foundation to help families improve their knowledge and skills in the kitchen so that they spend more time together at the dinner table. 

Teen Health

Teen Addition - 8 to GREAT

8 to Great is THE powerful process for positive change. If you want to be inspired and empowered to be the best version of yourself you can possibly be, take charge of your life, and make positive changes then join Patty Stuever to learn an easy-to-implement, 8 step success process. It will be the most encouraging, uplifting and quickest 3 hours of your life. 


Take Charge LogoTeens Take Charge

About 20 percent of kids between 12 and 18 years old have obesity. But small changes in your eating and physical activity habits may help you reach and stay a healthy weight. As you get older, you’re able to start making your own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to you. You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health. Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start. In our Take Charge class you learn


Joint Replacement Seminar

You are invited to a free joint replacement seminar with Dr. Ben Young, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hop and knee replacement procedures with Rock Regional Hospital.


Healthy Families 

Crib Clinic

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.  Free, but you must register.

 BabyTalk logoBaby Talk

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. https://www.babytalkict.com

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


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 stability.kids

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

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.