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Living Healthy Program

Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition or Diabetes, also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, was developed through Stanford University Patient Education.  Living Healthy is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in a community setting such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals.  Two trained leaders facilitate workshops, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves. The program is designed for people with one or more chronic condition and their caregiver or loved-one. Click here for a schedule of upcoming classes.

This program teaches participants how to:

  1. Manage pain, fatigue, depression and frustration;
  2. Improve and maintain health with appropriate exercise;
  3. Use medications wisely;
  4. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
  5. Eat for health;
  6. Set goals that are doable;
  7. Solve everyday problems;
  8. Evaluate new treatments;
  9. Relax and manage stress; and
  10. Work in partnership with your health care team.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition, and an audio relaxation tape, Time for Healing.

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. It is this process in which the program is taught that makes it effective.

The Living Healthy Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment.  It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes education. 

In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition.  The program is especially helpful for those people, as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

“…this course has been very beneficial to me because it has motivated me to act on things I had thought of doing, such as exercise of which I am capable, losing weight and completing forms provided for advanced directives and medications…”

“While much of the program may have been a reminder or refresher, group dynamics is helpful always.  Have the program and the management techniques being integrated into my life again allowed me to go through an extremely difficult situation…I am very grateful that this has been made available to me and would recommend it to anyone who has a chronic condition of any kind…”

“I am proud to say that I now walk about 1 mile each day, in about 25 minutes, and have only been stopped by bad weather one time thus far.  I find that I am pushing myself to complete it each day.  I have met a couple of new neighbors in the process…my diabetes sugar control has improved greatly…”

Schedule of Upcoming Programs

For more information or to register for any of the classes below, contact Stephanie Stewart at 828.251.7438 or stephanie@landofsky.org.

Read the recent WNC Mountain Xpress article to learn more about the program from participants and volunteers here.

Living Healthy with Chronic Pain
Laurelwood Apartments
– 650 Caribou Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Wednesdays, September 19th through October 24th from 1.30pm to 4pm
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/FD57lUHz9joJ20Nn2 

Living Healthy: Worksite Wellness
Madison Cooperative Extension
- 258 Carolina Ln, Marshall, NC 28753
Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 9th through November 15th from 12noon to 1pm
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/1FJQvxknbQNCnFp23

Volunteer Opportunity!!
Living Healthy with Chronic Disease Leader Training 
Land of Sky Regional Council – 339 New Leicester Hwy, Ste 140, Asheville, NC 28806
August 30th, 31st, September 6th and 7th from 9am to 4.30pm
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/UNvxSVE2NPAKLgLr1

Volunteer Opportunity!!
Living Healthy with Chronic Pain Leader Cross-Training

Land of Sky Regional Council
– 339 New Leicester Hwy, Ste 140, Asheville, NC 28806
November 5th and November 7th from 9am to 4.30pm
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/QZLWrAdHN8mgZa732
* The 4-day Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions Leader Training is a prerequisite for the 2-day cross-training