Cochise County supports free workshop to help people with chronic conditions

Cochise County supports free workshop to help people with chronic conditions

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A new program co-sponsored by Cochise County's Health & Social Services Department will help people with chronic health issues better manage their condition and improve their quality of life.

The Healthy Living Workshop, also supported by Benson Hospital and the Arizona Department of Health Services, will run for six weeks, beginning next month.

Developed by Stanford University, the evidence-based program is designed to help people more effectively self-manage their chronic diseases.

Participants will meet for two and a half hours each week at Benson Hospital to learn about the following topics:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, pain, and isolation
  • Appropriate nutrition and exercise for maintaining and improving flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Getting better sleep
The free workshop, which runs from April 5 to May 10, is aimed at anyone living, or caring for someone, with a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, depression, cancer or obesity.

"Wellness programs like these can have a significant impact on reducing healthcare costs and improving an individual's health because a primary focus is on prevention of multiple chronic diseases and reducing risk factors," said Cochise County's Healthy Living Program Coordinator Alexandra Rivera. "The sponsors of this program are working to build and sustain the Healthy Living Program within Cochise County through motivating an ongoing commitment to individual and public health by local businesses, city councils, community organizations, volunteers, and citizens battling chronic diseases."

The course will be held at the Benson Hospital Training Room, 450 S. Ocotillo Avenue, Benson, every Thursday from April 5 to May 10, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To sign up contact Donna Morley at (520) 720-6587 or dmorley@bensonhospital.org

For more information on the Healthy Living Program contact Alexandra Rivera at (520) 432-9496 or at arivera@cochise.az.gov

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