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Published on September 13, 2012

LMH Presents a Six-Week Program for Those Living with Chronic Diseases

Tuesdays, September 18 through October 23, 6-8 p.m.

Attendees will learn about self-care strategies, how to deal with fatigue, exercising safely, eating well, managing stress, using medications effectively and setting goals.

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and about one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is presenting a six-week program that will address these issues and help enhance the lives of those living with a chronic condition.

“Kansans Optimizing Health – Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” will be held at the hospital on Tuesdays, September 18 through October 23, 6-8 p.m. People who have or care for someone with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, lung disease or other chronic health issues are encouraged to participate. Attendees will learn about self-care strategies, how to deal with fatigue, exercising safely, eating well, managing stress, using medications effectively and setting goals.

This Kansas Department of Health and Environment program is based off of a program developed at Stanford University. Studies found the Stanford program to be highly effective. Those who took part in the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatients visits and hospitalizations.

Participants in the LMH program should be under the care of a healthcare provider. The cost is $15 per person. To reserve a space, call ConnectCare at 785-749-5800.

Better Health

Walktober® is a national walking campaign designed to boost walking and thus overall fitness. The goal is to get 150 minutes a week of physical activity. Aynsley Anderson, RN, Community Education Coordinator and LMH Walktober organizer states "October is an ideal time to start or renew a walking program; the temperatures are moderate and the colors spectacular. Join us! Get out and walk!"

 

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