Free chronic disease support program to be held

A free workshop for those suffering from chronic health issues will be held every Tuesday, January 15 - February 19, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Lyle Hamman Room. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "Eighty percent of older adults have at least one chronic condition and 50% have at least two. Ninety-five percent of health care spending is spent on helping people manage chronic health conditions." Lifestyle changes such as exercising, managing stress and eating better help fight troubling symptoms of chronic disease.

The program, called PATH (the Personal Action Toward Health), steps in to provide tools and strategies to self-manage ongoing diseases. Participants make small changes during the six-week workshop. After completing the six weeks, participants say they feel better and are more confident about managing their health.

During the workshop, participants learn skills to better manage pain; cope with difficult emotions; manage stress; improve communication with family, friends and healthcare providers; make informed decisions about nutrition and exercise; and properly use medications. Weekly action plans increase participant's motivation and aid them in achieving their goals. Two trained facilitators lead the interactive workshop in a supportive group atmosphere.

Registration is required to attend this workshop. The program is free and a snack will be provided each week. For more information or to register, contact Jane by phone at 517.699.1864 or by email at jsbraatz@comcast.net. The Lyle Hamman Room is located on the lower level of Eaton Rapids Medical Center at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids.

Article posted on December 4th 2012.