Better Choices, Better Health
You will get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and lean better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.
If you have conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, CPPD, chronic pain, anxiety, then take charge of your life with a Better Choices, Better Health workshop.
The Better Choices, Better Health workshop is a 2 ½ hour, interactive, peer-supported workshop, held each week for six weeks. It is led by two trained leaders. During this workshop, you will learn to set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and life.
The Division of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Stanford University developed, tested and evaluated this program (generally called the Chronic Disease Self Management Program, or CDSMP) and found the following:
- Subjects who took the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities and limitations
- Spent fewer days in the hospital
- Trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations
For more information about program outcomes and Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management program, visit their website.
The Aging Resource Center offers Better Choices, Better Health two times a year. The workshop is also offered at many other locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont (in Vermont this class is called “Healthier Living Workshop”). Contact the Aging Resource Center at (603) 653-3460 so that we can help you find an upcoming class near you, or use the links and contact information below.
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