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Mission Statement

Ideas for Living is a community education program in which trained facilitators present classes to clients of social service agencies and to members of other selected groups and organizations including schools and food banks. The participants are individuals who would benefit from learning new skills which they can use to improve their day-to-day lives. The goal of each presentation is to enhance skills and self-esteem by validating participants’ present knowledge and providing research-based information.


Ideas for Living has been around since 1993. It was created in response to requests from social service agencies for help teaching life skills to their clients. We offer a variety of different classes with topics including: consumer skills, healthy eating, food safety, physical activity and healthy aging. The classes are taught at local social service agencies. Most participants are adults who receive some form of public assistance. Our goal is to help them learn new ideas they can start using right away to achieve a healthy lifestyle and cope with life’s challenges.

Ideas for Living classes are very informal. We meet in small groups around a table. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the activities, and we have great discussions. At the end of class many feel they have made new friends and are eager to try the ideas they have learned. We believe these classes really do help people make better decisions about how to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is especially rewarding to receive their heartfelt thanks for the time you spent with them and the information you shared.

You will receive professional training on food safety, our health and wellness curricula, and group facilitation techniques. You will be given research-based information and learn how to share this information with others using discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on group activities. The training is free and will be conducted at our office in Burlington as well as at social service agencies in Skagit County where we currently offer classes.


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