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February 1, 2013

Workshop to focus on managing chronic health conditions

CLAREMORE — Beginning this month, the Rogers County Literacy Council will host a six-part series on living with and managing chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and others.

 Area residents are welcomed to learn how to manage their chronic health issues through a free workshop series once a week for six weeks at Will Rogers Library. 
“The program is designed to help participants build skills and strategies,” said Cara Carroll, Rogers County Literacy Council. “Workshop topics include goal setting, exercise, nutrition, relaxation techniques, and more. And the small class sizes will promote mutual support and interaction.”  
The “Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living with Chronic Conditions” program was developed by a doctor at Stanford University, and is being presented across the country. 
Workshop presenters at the Claremore classes will be trained facilitators from Oklahoma who are themselves living with and managing chronic conditions.
Understanding how to self-manage these chronic conditions — among them, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, arthritis, and pain — can mean the difference between daily struggles and living healthier, more comfortable lives, Carroll said, adding that the program is not designed for health professionals, but geared towards “the common man.”
“This (program) is really for everyday people who struggle with their chronic illnesses, and for those who support family members or loved ones with chronic conditions,” she said.
Individuals, who have attended the workshop,  report significant and measurable improvements in their health and quality of life. Reported results include improvements in fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, and depression.
 The Claremore workshop series will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 16 through March 23 at the Will Rogers Library. Space is limited. To register, call (918) 277-4331.  
The Claremore workshop is a health literacy outreach project of Rogers County Literacy Council, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 
It is funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
 To learn more about the Stanford University Self-Management workshops, visit restartliving.org, or call David Lee at the state health department, (405) 420-2690.

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