Beacon of H.O.P.E., in conjunction with Lee Memorial Health System, is offering "It's All About You", a research based chronic disease self-management program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University for persons who have a chronic health condition.
The program was developed to help people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, lupus, arthritis, cancer and others.
The workshop takes place every Wednesday from 1:30-4 p.m., beginning Oct. 2 and ending Nov. 6 at the United Methodist Church, 5701 Pine Island Road, N.W., Bokeelia.
The workshop subjects are:
Week 1: Overview of self-management and chronic health conditions; using your mind to manage symptoms; getting a good night's sleep; making an action plan.
Week 2: Making an action plan; feedback and problem solving; dealing with difficult emotions; physical activity and exercise; preventing falls.
Week 3: Using your mind to manage symptoms; making an action plan; feedback and problem solving; physical activity and exercise; making decisions; pain and fatigue management.
Week 4: Making an action plan; feedback and problem solving; better breathing; healthy eating; communication skills.
Week 5: Using your mind to manage symptoms; making an action plan; feedback and problem solving; healthy eating; medication usage; making informed treatment decisions; dealing with depression.
Week 6: Using your mind to manage symptoms; making an action plan; feedback and problem solving; working with your health care professional and organization; weight management; future plans.
The workshops are very interactive as opposed to someone just speaking and offering information.
"If you want to take charge of your health, then attending the 'It's All About You' workshop series is for you," said Joyce Hall, Community Health Program Coordinator. "The title of the workshop was chosen because it truly is 'all about you' and the choices 'you' make in relation to your health and wellness."
Those attending will meet people with the same or similar chronic health problems and learn how to deal with them. In a recent class, 89-year-old Alyce stated, "I learned a lot of people have had the same problems as I do and they have worked through them and so can I." Another class graduate, Tom, stated, "You remember that the first week I said I didn't think I needed to be here but I have learned so much and am now doing things I've been wanting to do for a long time using tools I have learned in this workshop".
Each person who attends the class will receive a reference book titled "Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Disease" by Dr. Kate Lorig, et.al. If you are interested in attending this exciting and free workshop, call 239-424-3121 for more information and to register for the program.