Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well

Beginning on Thursday, July 25 the Moultrie County Health Department in collaboration with Family Service, Senior Resource Center in Champaign will offer a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). The program will be taught at the Moultrie County Health Department located at 202 South Main, Sullivan. CDSMP is free and open to anyone who is challenged by a chronic disease.

The course has six classes which are each two-and-a-half-hours in length. The classes will meet from 1:30 – 4 p.m. each Thursday through August 29. Topics include working with your doctor, medication, relaxation techniques, dealing with negative emotions, managing symptoms, improving communication and tips for eating well.  Effective problem solving and goal setting skills are used throughout the curriculum.

The CDSMP curriculum was developed by Stanford University. Stanford spent many years testing and revising this program. Participants have experienced improvements in their health status and fewer trips to the emergency department, too.

CDSMP is designed to help those who live with chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, asthma, lung disease, diabetes, emphysema, Parkinson’s or other life-altering conditions. Caregivers for people with chronic or life-altering conditions are also encouraged to attend. Who wouldn’t want to feel better and experience life more fully?

Individuals interested in the program are requested to pre-register by calling the Moultrie County Health Department at 217-728-4114. Class size is limited, so register early. It is important to commit to attending all six classes.

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