Workshop helps manage chronic disease

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Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2 ½ hour MyCD Workshop being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y.
There is information on how to manage chronic disease for support and finding practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to communicate with a doctor and family.
If anyone has conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, a MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
MyCD Workshop will be once a week for six weeks beginning from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The program runs through March 18.
Learn from Pauline Schneider, executive director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, extension home economist, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves.
Topics that will be discussed include:
Session 1 – Feb. 11: Introduction to workshop, Group introductions, Mind-Body connection/distraction, Getting a good night sleep and Introduction to action plans;
Session 2 – Feb. 18: Feedback and problem solving, Dealing with difficult emotions, Introduction to physical activity and exercise, Preventing falls and improving balance and Making an action plan;
Session 3 – Feb. 25: Making decisions, Pain and fatigue management, Endurance exercise, Relaxation: body scan and Making an action plan;
Session 4 – March 4: Better breathing, Healthy eating, Communication skills, Problem solving and Making an action plan;
Session 5 – March 11: Making healthy food choices, Medication usage, Making informed treatment decisions, Dealing with depression, Positive thinking, and Making an action plan;
Session 6 – March 18: Working with a Health care professional and Health care system, Weight management, Looking back and planning for the future. The workshop will set goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve health — and life.
The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited so register early. For more information and to register, call 662-8920.