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Hope and help for chronically ill

Colborne Community Care staffer Brenda Chapman and volunteer Sheri Birney, will be leading a FREE Living a Healthy Life Self-Management workshop running every Monday starting September 23 from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm for 6 weeks at Prospect Community Hall, 1 Elgin Street N. in Colborne. 


These workshops were developed by Stanford University and are Ontario Ministry of Health funded and approved.  On average an individual will see a health care provider (family doctor, specialist, nurse…) for only 12 hours a year.  The rest of the year they need to be able to manage any chronic condition on their own.  


The goal of the Self-Management Program is to ensure that people in Cramahe will be able to remain in the community as healthy as possible so that they can enjoy life and do all the things they love.  For many, in order for this to happen they will need to learn how to cope and manage with symptoms associate with their health concern.  


The sessions are small (no more than 16 people) and each participant receives training on how to manage any chronic condition they live with on a daily basis.  They learn better breathing techniques, nutrition, guided imagery, making action plans, problem solving when issues arise and much more.  Each participant will receive a free Living a Healthy Life book and relaxation CD. 


The sessions are led by specially trained Peer Leader volunteers who understand what it means to live with a chronic condition.  This workshop is for anyone who has one or more chronic health concerns, and their caregivers, such as: COPD, fibromyalgia, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, musculoskeletal issues, osteoporosis, diabetes,  Crones disease, colitis etc…


For more information on the program and to see other workshops we provide in all communities across the Central East LHIN please go to www.healthylifeworkshop.ca 


To register call 1-866 971-5545.


The series starts at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 23 and ends on Monday, November 4.