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‘It’s All About You’ health workshops start Friday

October 30, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

"It's All About you" is a program that is available to everyone in Lehigh Acres over a period of six weeks and once it is over, residents will be know more about chronic diseases that they may have or be facing.

That's the word today by Joyce C. Hall, a nurse and community health program coordinator for Lee Health Solutions, one of the sponsors.

She urges local residents to attend the series of discussions that begin Friday Nov. 1 and continue on Nov. 8, 15, 22, and Dec. 6 and 13 at the Hope Care Center in Lehigh at 1201 Wings Way off of Beth Stacey Boulevard.

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Dr. Kate Lorig

The program begins at 1 and runs until 3:30 p.m. Light snacks will be served. You can register by calling 239-424-3121 so planners will know how many people to accommodate.

Dr. Katie Lorig of Stanford University is heading the program.

"It's All About You" is a research based chronic disease self-management program developed by Lorig for people who have chronic health conditions and issues.

Flyers have been distributed that ask the question "Do you have a chronic disease? Learn how to better manage your chronic health condition."

Hall urges local residents to join them for a free interactive six week series to learn how to stay active and enjoy your life.

This unique, research-based program includes lots of time for questions and answers. You're welcome to b ring your spouse, family member or friend; they must also register for and participate in the workshop, Loris said.

It is supported in part by a grant from Southwest Florida Community Foundation which says you can expect a lively, interactive, research-based 2 hour session, each week for six weeks. You will met and gain support from others who have similar health conditions.

"Ask yourself these few questions," Lorig suggested.

- Would you like to be better prepared for your physician visits?

- Would you like to be able to establish short-and long-term goals for better health"

- Would you like to more easily manage your medications"

- Would you like to understand the benefits of exercise?

- Would you like to manage the symptoms of stress, pain and fatigue?

- Would you like to make smarter decisions related to healthy eating?

- Would you like to receive the book "Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions" by Dr. Kate Lorig?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you may want to plan to take part in the free six-week workshop.

Conditions may include, but are not limited to such ailments as arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and lupus.

Those who attend will be given a paper noting what will be discussed at each weekly workshop.

The workshops have been held in other areas of Lee County and have been termed successful and informative, Hall said.

Dr. Kate Lorig is the director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and professor of medicine in the Stanford School of Medicine. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Boston University, and her masters and doctorate of public health in health education at the University of California, Berkeley.

She came to Stanford in 1979 while a graduate student at Cal to develop and research an educational program that emphasized self-help skills for people with arthritis.

This program became the Arthritis Self-Help Course and was the prototype for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, The Diabetes Self-Management Program, the Positive Self-Management Program for HIV/AIDS, the Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, the Building Better Caregiver's Program, Self-Management Program, and others. She has authored several books and many articles about arthritis, chronic disease in general, health education and behavioral science. She travels extensively at the invitation of organizations concerned with patient care and academic research.



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