Friday, March 01, 2013

Free Classes in Ava Designed for Those Needing Help Managing a Health Condition

Contact: Angie Fletcher, human development specialist
Tel: 417-683-4409

Grants from the Center for Disease Control and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are funding free classes in Ava for those with health conditions.

The “Living a Healthy Life” series will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., each Thursday, from March 7 to April 11, at the Missouri Ozarks Community Health Wellness Center in Ava.

Call the Douglas County Extension office at (417) 683-4409 or the Douglas County Health Department at (417) 683-4213 for more information and to sign up.

The classes are designed to help people manage the challenges of arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic pain, osteoporosis, diabetes, asthma, heart and other conditions. There is no charge to attend and attendees will be provided with a book worth $20 for attending all sessions.

“Having a health condition does not mean that you have to stop doing the things you love to do,” said Angie Fletcher, human development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “This class discusses strategies for getting and maintaining control.”

Some of the topics are as follows: how to fight fatigue, how to communicate better about health issues, how to make daily tasks easier, how to manage pain and other symptoms, and how to set goals for positive life.

This class is being held as a cooperative effort of University of Missouri Douglas County Extension, Douglas County Health Department, Missouri Ozarks Community Health Wellness Center and the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center.


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