Free Workshop Teaches Chronic Disease Management

Saint Francis Medical Center will host the free “Living a Healthy Life” workshop beginning August 27. This six-week workshop is a proven self-management education program for people with chronic health problems.

The Living a Healthy Life workshop will specifically address arthritis, diabetes, lung and heart disease, but will also teach useful skills for managing a variety of other chronic diseases. Topics to be discussed are techniques to deal with problems associated with chronic disease; appropriate exercise; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. This program was developed at Stanford University and is facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves.

The workshop will meet in Health and Wellness Center Conference Room 3, 150 S. Mount Auburn Rd. (Entrance 8), every Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 am for six weeks, August 27-October 1.

This program aligns with the priority needs identified in the recent Community Health Needs Assessment completed by Saint Francis and SoutheastHealth. The assessment identified top priority needs and associated health behavior needs for four Southeast Missouri counties: Cape Girardeau, Scott, Bollinger and Stoddard. Saint Francis chose to focus on three of the top priority needs – cancer, obesity and chronic disease – and adopted an implementation plan in April.

The workshop is open to the public and free of charge, but space is limited. For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact the Regional Arthritis Center at 573-331-5880 or toll-free 888-216-3293.