Community Information

Take Control of Your Health

Description of Program
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop, given two and a half hours, once a week for six weeks, in community settings.

People of all ages with different chronic health problems or caregivers of someone with a chronic health problem attend together to learn skills needed for the daily management of disease and to maintain and/or increase life's activities. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, at least one of whom is a non-health professional with a chronic disease.

This program will not conflict with existing programs or treatments. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. The program is appropriate for people have one or multiple chronic conditions. Classes are fun, practical and highly participative, where support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active fulfilling lives.

Subjects covered include:

  1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  3. Appropriate use of medication, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  4. Nutrition
  5. How to evaluate new treatments.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions.

Research confirms participants increase healthful behaviors, believe their health has improved, are less limited in their daily activities, are less bothered by their illness, and have greater confidence in their ability to manage their condition.

Participants report the following benefits:
• Improvements in physical activity, stamina and pain control
• Better communication with their health care providers
• Reduced doctor and hospital visits

For additional information, please contact:
Helen Varvi, M. Ed., CPS
Program Director at
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Or call at 732-254-3344 ext. 137