The Pigeon Forge Public Library will be hosting a six-week series entitled, Living Well with Chronic Conditions. The classes are free and open to the public.
The class dates are Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. This 6-week workshop series is designed to help community members manage their long-term health issues effectively. Chronic conditions of those attending may include asthma, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, sleep apnea, or fibromyalgia among others. If you or anyone you care for has a chronic disease, we welcome you to attend this series. Each week the topic varies, so participants are encouraged to attend weekly.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops are designed to address issues including:
- Finding effective and healthy ways to deal with pain and fatigue
- Helping to establish better nutrition and exercise choices in your life
- Discovering new treatment options
- Managing side effects
- Communicating with your health care professional effectively
- Leading a fuller and better life despite having a chronic condition
The Living Well with Chronic Conditions Program is conducted by three certified Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Trainers: Sarah Vaden, Linda Hyder and Diana Saia. UT Extension Service and the Regional Health Department sponsored program locally.
“This is a great course for people to learn practical ways of dealing with the daily struggles of chronic health conditions,” said Hyder, a UT Extension agent that has been instructing this class for the past 3 years. “We do not go into detail about particular illnesses, however such information is covered in the course book from Stanford University, which is free to all participants. Each person also receives a free relaxation cd. This series is not to replace medical treatment or advice from medical professionals, but does encourage working with your health care team.”
Last year, 80% of the Sevier County participants reported feeling better after completing the six week series. Hyder reported that each week participants set a goal with a step by step plan to improve their health. “It is exciting to see how small steps and a positive attitude lead to more confidence in daily managing chronic health issues.” It is also positive to see how class participants support each other as the classes continue. Graduation certificates are even given to those who attend majority of classes.
Take advantage of this FREE opportunity and make reservations for Living Well With Chronic Conditions. For more information, or to register for the program, please contact Linda Hyder, UT Extension Agent at 865-453-3695. The registration deadline is Sept. 6, 2016.
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