You Can! Live Well, Virginia Workshop

youcanlivewellThe Chronic Disease Self-Management Education program is an evidence-based program that was developed and researched by Stanford University for people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension. The program is known as “You Can! Live Well, Virginia!” and is available locally through Valley Program for Aging Services.

Workshop sessions will be held on Monday for six weeks, starting February 3rd, from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM in Chavis Boardroom (Elrod Commons 206). The workshop sessions will be hosted by Susan Cross.

The program covers new topics each week and provides opportunities for interaction and group problem solving, including:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Each participant in the workshop will be offered a free copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition. There is no charge for the workshop and the book is a supplement only – there is no required reading for workshop participants.

A participant is likely to benefit from this workshop who:

  • Has a chronic condition or is a caregiver of someone with chronic condition
  • Wants to learn how to manage their condition more effectively
  • Has difficulty with day-to-day management of chronic condition
  • Has found that involvement in social/physical activities has declined as a result of chronic condition
  • Is able to participate actively and meaningfully in group discussion

You will receive 50 points as part of the wellness program. Register for the Class on the My Programs Page of Evolve Wellness. Questions? Contact Anne Remington, aremington@wlu.edu, x8355.

Websites for more information:
http://valleycdsme.com
http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/publichealthreports/sgp124-4.pdf

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