Union Offers Free Series of Classes On Dealing With Chronic Disease

People who are afflicted with chronic health conditions can spend a great deal of time – and money – looking for ways to relieve the pain and aggravation of these afflictions.

Union Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness program is offering a free six-week community workshop to assist people who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other lifelong conditions.

The “Healthy U Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” meets at Dover Public Library weekly from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and Dec. 6. Registration, which is required in advance, can be made online on the hospital website at http://www.unionhospital.org/health-and-wellness/events/499/healthy-u-chronic-disease-management-program-dover-public-library-community-room-dover-11-01-2016 or by calling (330) 308-3599.

The Healthy U Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by researchers at Stanford University and is sponsored by the U.S. Administration on Aging. It helps participants learn proven strategies to manage chronic health conditions and is effective in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.

The program uses small groups to help participants gain confidence in their ability to manage their symptoms, understand how their health problems affect their lives and learn how to live healthier and happier lives. People who participate in the program report that they eventually have more energy and less pain, feel less tired and less depressed, get more exercise, are able to talk to their doctors more easily, and are more confident that they can manage their own health.

All participants who complete the class receive a free copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” The book cost has been covered by a grant from the local Dewey H. and Irene G. Moomaw Foundation.

Details about Union Hospital and all of its services are available on the hospital’s website at www.unionhospital.org, and you can follow the hospital on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unionhospital.

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