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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Living Well Workshops Help Frederick County Live Better with Chronic Conditions

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For people with chronic health conditions, good medical care is only half of the equation. Equally important is their ability to make healthy decisions, follow their doctor’s recommendations, and take care of their condition.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a workshop created by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. The Frederick County Health Department is partnering with the sponsors of this program, Frederick Regional Health System and MAC (Maintaining Active Citizens), by leading select classes throughout the year. Living Well program sessions take place once a week for 2 ½ hours over six weeks. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to attend. All workshops are free to participants.

WHAT: Living Well is a peer-led, community-based intervention that helps individuals with chronic conditions learn how to manage and improve their health. Chronic diseases are lifelong health conditions and include diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, depression, prediabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and others. The program focuses on challenges that are common to individuals living with any chronic conditions, such as pain management, nutrition, exercises, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors.

WHY: There’s a significant need for support for people with chronic diseases, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the most common, costly and preventable of all U.S. health problems. They are also the leading causes of death and disability, responsible for seven out of 10 deaths each year.1 In Frederick County, the leading cause of death has remained for many years to be heart disease, a preventable chronic condition.2

WHERE: The Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop will be held at the Mt. Airy Health & Wellness Pavilion at 504 E Ridgeville Blvd, Mt. Airy, MD 21771.

WHEN: The classes are offered weekly for six weeks and will begin on Wednesday May 2, 2018 through June 6, 2018 from 1:30-4:00PM. To reserve your space, call Sue Eyler, Frederick Regional Health System Bridges LHE Program/CDSMP Coordinator at 240-566-4862 or Christine Pelkowski, Frederick County Health Department Community Health Educator, at 301-600-3113.

For additional information about the program and other upcoming classes, contact Sue Eyler at 240-566-4862.

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