Workshop course

Southern Seven Hosts Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop |

Aging and living longer is not counting the years, it is a matter of quality of life. Adults who live with or care for someone with a lifelong health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, lung disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease or other chronic condition often have questions about maintaining a high quality of life while living with the disease.

To help address your concerns, Southern Seven’s Health Department will present “Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well.” The seven-week workshop begins Thursday, February 3.

This program was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“This evidence-based self-management workshop is designed to help people take control of their diabetes or other chronic health conditions,” explained Shawnna Rhine, Community Outreach Coordinator for Southern Seven. “The program is a fun and interactive course that will provide patients with the tools to overcome daily challenges to maintain an active and fulfilling life.”

Participants will receive the support they need from certified volunteer leaders. They will learn practical ways to manage pain, fatigue and other symptoms, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices and managing their medications, learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about their health, and set and achieve goals.

“Research developed at Stanford University has shown that patients who participate in this program see a reduction in hospital stays and emergency room visits, an increased sense of control over their lives, increased levels of energy and a significant improvement in overall health,” said Rhine.

Registration is free for the workshop. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, from February 3 to March 17.

For more information or to register, contact Brittany Matthews, Southern Seven Health Educator, at 618-634-2297, ext. 9149, or by email at [email protected]

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