Without classroom size limits, wellness classes expand during COVID-19 pandemic

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The pandemic has forced hospitals to cancel in-person wellness classes. Those classes are still happening, but with some changes.

Patients can still get support losing weight, managing diabetes and even coping with cancer, but they need to stay at home with a computer, tablet or a smart phone, and internet access. 

Michelle Francis, director of community health and wellness at Chester County Hospital, says not all subjects are available.

“Before, we had limited space because of capacity. Now we’re able to open it up to more people, and they’re filling,” Francis said. “I think it’s something, that virtual won’t go away. When we can have groups again, I think this is just a venue that we’ll continue to offer.”

She admits it has been a learning curve for teachers and students, but so far, it’s working.