MILAN A free workshop on managing chronic health conditions will begin Feb. 1 at Milan Seniors for Healthy Living Center, 45 Neckel Court. The workshop will meet from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Fridays through March 8.
The Personal Acting Toward Health workshop is sponsored by National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and is open to Milan-area residents who are managing any type of chronic health issue.
"The PATH workshop provides information and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression," said organizers. "Workshops are conducted by trained leaders who hold informal, small group discussions and provide easy-to-understand course materials. Facilitators discuss ways to reduce pain and stress, cope with fatigue, use medications wisely and benefit from physical activity. Participants also learn about self-help devices that can enhance daily activities."
Participants will learn to practice learned skills by making weekly action plans and helping each other achieve their goals.
PATH is appropriate for people who are newly diagnosed as well as those who have been managing a chronic condition for years.
The program "has been proven in studies to reduce symptoms and physician visits as well as increase self-management abilities and communication with doctors," said organizers.
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call Jennifer Michalak at 508-6229. To learn more or to find other PATH classes in the area, visit www.nkfm.org/path or call the NKFM at (800) 482-1455.
Friday, 01 February, 2013
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