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Better Choices, Better Health™ helps people with arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis and many other chronic conditions manage their symptoms and take control of their health. Interested people can register at www.selfmanage.org. Spaces are limited and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis for the pilot program.
Developed and tested at the
“This on-line workshop is a powerful complement to
“Nearly half of all adults live with one or more chronic health conditions, and many struggle to find ways to manage their condition,” said Jay Greenberg, Senior Vice President of Social Enterprise at NCOA. “Better Choices, Better Health meets people where they increasingly are – on-line. The workshop represents a convenient way for people to develop the confidence and skills they need to cope with their illnesses. It provides a way for them to help others, while they help themselves.”
Better Choices, Better Health helps participants reduce their pain and anxiety and manage a wide range of symptoms and conditions. Led by trained instructors, participants together address topics such as stress reduction, dealing with difficult emotions, nutrition, exercise, planning for the future, building communication skills, and asking for help.
Better Choices, Better Health participants can log onto the free sessions from any computer with an Internet connection, including dial-up. Sessions are posted on a secure website each week for six weeks. There are no set times for workshop sessions; participants log on remotely at their convenience to complete exercises, read posted material, and interact with others. The workshops can be particularly useful for those individuals without access to transportation or who prefer the anonymity of a virtual group.
In addition to the on-line version, through funding provided by the U.S. Administration on Aging, in-person community-based workshops are provided locally round the country. In
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