Published on March 07, 2013

Put Life Back in Your LIFE

Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) coming to LMH Tuesdays, March 12 thru April 16

Do you have or care for someone with arthritis, diabetes, heart or lung disease or other chronic conditions? The Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) will get you the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices plus so much more.

KOHP is a highly interactive program where people of various chronic conditions come together to learn and practice new skills over a six week period to manage their chronic condition. The participants meet once a week for 2½ hours to discuss and problem solve a variety of topics relevant to coping with chronic conditions. The topics discussed include but are not limited to:

  • Learning how to communicate with family, friends and the health care team 

  • Learning how to become an active member of the health care team 

  • Learning how to deal with difficult emotions, frustration and anger 

  • Learning how to set and achieve weekly action plans 

  • Learning how to become more physically active safely 

  • Learning how to make healthy food choices 

  • Learning how to identify and solve problems caused by having a chronic condition

The discussion is facilitated by two trained leaders who guide the participants through four to six topics each week. Participants are encouraged to share their successes in dealing with a variety of topics so participants can learn from each other and build their confidence in dealing with their chronic condition. Participants do not learn the medical aspects of a disease but rather how to manage the emotional, physical and social challenges of having a chronic condition.

This six week KDHE program developed by Stanford University and facilitated by LMH and Lawrence Housing Authority will cover self-care strategies to reduce pain, deal with fatigue, exercise safely, eat well, manage stress, use medications effectively, and set and meet personal goals. Family members and/or friends of participants are encouraged to attend the workshop in order to increase their understanding of the challenges associated with living with a chronic condition on a daily basis. Participants should be working in partnership with a healthcare provider before attending this class.

The next class series is Tuesdays March 12 - April 16, 3:00 - 5:30pm at LMH. Advance enrollment is required as class size is limited. To enroll, call LMH ConnectCare at 785-749-5800 or email The series is $15/person.

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