Healthy Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life in Springfield and Greene County. This page is intended to highlight some of those upcoming activities or classes, whether they are conducted by our department or other organizations in the area. For more information about this page, contact Rinda Davis, RN at

Physical Activity


Check out The Link - The Link is a planned bicycle and pedestrian route through Springfield’s core that will connect existing and planned greenways. Using primarily existing streets with minimal vehicular traffic, the ultimate goal is to develop a system of shared-use routes that creates an experience of comfort and safety.


Want to know where the upcoming running events are around Springfield? Check out the exhaustive list from Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners.


Mercy Women's Heart Center Cooking School

All classes feature food demonstrations of heart healthy cooking tips, nutritional guidelines and recommendations, and recipe.
Location: Mercy Women's Heart Center
Cost: $10 per class
Register: Call (417) 820-3666 or email for more information

Stress Management

Women's Heart Center Stress Less Classes

Description: The Women's Heart Center offers a series of three Stress-Less classes. Learn ways to change your attitude about everyday stress and coping skills to reduce the effect of stressful events. Learn to notice your unique stress responses and practice ways to change them.
Location: Hammons Heart Institute
Time: Classes are held on three consecutive Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Cost: $39 for the 3-class series
Registration: Call (417) 820-3666

Tobacco Cessation

Cox Health Presents Beat the Pack

A class to help you quit smoking.
Location: Cox Walnut Lawn, 960 E. Walnut Lawn St., Diabetes Center, Suite 203, SC
Date: Offered Every Tuesday
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $80
Register: Call (417) 269-4847

Mercy Tobacco Treatment Services

Offers one-on-one treatment options.
More information: Call (417) 820-3666 or 1-800-200-9000; or Mercy Corporate Health at (417) 820-3400

Support Groups & Classes

Mercy Diabetes Support Group

These groups provide support for patients and their families dealing with the diagnosis of diabetes type 2.
Location: Mercy Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic
Cost: Free
Register: Call 1-800-909-8326 or 841-0333 for more information 

Mercy Chronic Disease Self-Management
This class covers nutrition, exercise, managing pain, fatigue, difficulty with emotions, depression, communication, and problem solving. 
Location: Mercy Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic
Date:  June 19- July 24
Time:   10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Register: For more information contact Alice Parker at 417-888-6789

Breastfeeding Support Classes