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Dealing with chronic health conditions: HCHC workshops teach self-management skills

Aug 31, 2017

Henry County Health Center (HCHC) is offering a workshop series this fall teaching adults how to effectively manage their chronic health conditions. This class is designed to help people take control of their health and live healthier, happier lives.

Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, pain and anxiety can make living a healthy life challenging. HCHC’s “Better Choices, Better Health” is lead by trained leaders who will introduce techniques to help patients deal with their frustration, fatigue, pain and depression.

This class is designed to help participants improve and maintain strength and flexibility, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand ways to manage medication side effects and regimens, and learn relaxation techniques and how to handle difficult emotions. Participants will become more confident about communicating effectively with family and health care providers. Leaders will assist participants in the development of action plans and goal setting.

Workshops will be held in classroom A1 or A2 of the Henry County Health Center from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in October and Tuesday, Nov. 7.

There is no cost to the workshop. Each participant will receive a copy of the companion book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” 4th Edition, and an audio relaxation CD, “Relaxation for Mind and Body.”

For more information, or to register, call Cindy Litchfield at 319-385-6177.

Better Choices, Better Health, is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University. Partial funding is provided by the National Associate of Chronic Disease Directors through the Iowa Arthritis Integration Dissemination Project.

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