Set a goal to "Live Well" in 2010

Dec 17,2009

If you have a chronic condition that might hamper your goals and plans for 2010, learn to manage it now by attending a Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshop. Three workshops will begin in January across the mid-valley.

The schedule is as follows:

·    Six-week class beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at Mennonite Village, 5353 Columbus Street S.E. in Albany
·    Six-week class beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Samaritan Internal Medicine, 3615 NW Samaritan Drive, Suite 100 in Corvallis
·    Six-week class beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon campus, 44 Industrial Way in Lebanon

Developed at Stanford University, Living Well With Chronic Conditions is offered at hundreds of locations throughout the United States. It helps participants with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and depression to:

·    Find better ways of dealing with pain and fatigue
·     Discover easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy
·    Learn the appropriate use of medications
·    Improve nutrition
·     Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals
·      Understand new treatment choices
·      Feel better about life

The class has been recognized with the 2009 Society for Public Health Education Award for program excellence. Specially trained volunteer leaders, some who have health conditions themselves, teach the class. Leaders cover a new topic each week and provide opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.

Each participant will also receive the book “Living a Healthy Life With a Chronic Condition.”

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. To register, please call Carole Kment at (541) 451-6466 for the classes in Albany and Lebanon, or Patti Dunning at (541) 768-5693 for the class in Corvallis.