Friday, January 18, 2013

Health Management Class Starting in Lamar Feb. 5 Teaches Participants to Focus Less on Disease and More on Life

A “Health Management Class” will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. once a week for six weeks from Tuesday, Feb. 5 to March 12 in the Master Gardener room at the Barton County Extension Center, Lamar, Mo.

This class is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University by the Patient Education Research Center for adults living with a chronic condition and their family members. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success builds confidence in participants’ ability to manage their health while maintaining active and fulfilling lives.

Persons living with the pain and anxiety of a chronic health condition do not need to feel like they are alone. With this class participants are able to join other people, just like themselves, who want to focus less on their disease and more life,” said Dr. Lydia Kaume, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension and instructor for the course.

Classes are free but pre-registration is required before Tuesday, Jan. 29 and can be made by calling (417) 682-3579. A minimum number of eight participants are needed to hold the class.

Participants will also receive a 381 page book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”.

The class helps participants with: living a healthy life with a chronic condition, developing a long-term exercise plan, managing fatigue and stress, finding ways to deal with anger, fear, frustration and depression, and exploring the role of nutrition in disease management.

“In the past, people who have taken this class have reported increased confidence in their ability to manage their conditions, an increase in physical activity, and improved communication with their physician. Past class participants have also reported less fatigue and reduced disability,” said Kaume.

This program is sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health, Barton County Health Department, and University of Missouri Extension.


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