Dignity Health of the Central Coast will be offering a free workshop series for local individuals living with chronic health issues. The Healthy Living: Your Life, Take Care workshop will provide attendees with the tools they will need to cope with the challenges of living with chronic health conditions.
This six-week class series will be held on February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 29, between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 501 Fair Oaks Drive in Arroyo Grande. The series will specifically target numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, obesity, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and arthritis.
This program is designed to help those with long-term health conditions take control of their lives by covering the following topics:
- How to manage symptoms
- Appropriate exercise
- Ways to successfully deal with problems such as fatigue, pain and isolation
- Effective communication with family, friends and health professionals
- Depression management
- Appropriate use of medications.
The program was developed and tested as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in a randomized, controlled trial by the Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine. All components of the class series have been medically approved.
“This interactive workshop series is an opportunity for community members to learn how to self-manage chronic disease conditions,” Sandy Underwood, Community Educator, Marian Medical Center, said. “Ultimately, the free classes provide valuable information to improve health outcomes, quality of life, and longevity for those with chronic health issues.”
Each attendee will receive a free textbook titled, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, Third Edition. To receive the maximum benefits from the educational series, participants should plan on attending all six sessions.
Space is limited and a reservation to attend the free workshop series is requested. Please call (805) 739-3593.