Saturday, February 08, 2014

“Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” Topic of Extension Class in Greenfield Starting Feb. 21

Contact: Saralee Jamieson, human development specialist
Headquartered in St. Clair County
Phone: 417-646-2419

GREENFIELD, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension will offer a free six-week session of “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” for people suffering with arthritis and other chronic diseases.  This weekly class is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 through April 4 (skipping March 28) at the Dade County Senior Center, 58 N. Allison Street, Greenfield.

The course is co-taught by certified instructors Saralee Jamieson, a human development specialist with MU Extension and Lydia Kaume, nutrition and health education specialist with MU Extension.

Participants with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, lupus and other chronic conditions will learn how to cope and live better with chronic disease.  In six weeks, participants can learn to reduce these symptoms and improve their everyday life.

“Studies show people who take the class improve their health, decrease disability and health distress plus have decreased hospital days and physician visits,” said Jamieson.

“Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” will teach people with a chronic disease how to deal with problems like pain and fatigue.  Other topics include: techniques to deal with frustration and isolation, safe exercise to maintain and improve strength and flexibility, medications, communicating with health care professionals and family, healthy eating, problem solving skills and other topics related to chronic disease.

“Research has shown those who participate in self-management courses can reduce their pain by 20 percent and hospital stays by 40 percent,” said Jamieson.

Registration is due by Friday, Feb. 14, by calling the Dade County Extension Center at 417-637-2112. For more information call Saralee Jamieson at 417-646-2419.


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