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August 30, 2012

Self-management program available for those with chronic conditions

Human Resources WorkLife Programs is offering a six-week program to assist those with chronic conditions or caring for someone with a chronic condition.

"Chronic Disease Self Management" will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 11, at the State Street Office Facility, 1601 W. State St.

Chronic disease can disrupt the routine of life and have an impact on emotions. WorkLife Programs is partnering with Area IV Agency to offer a highly participative and supportive program for those who have chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, pulmonary disease or fibromyalgia. Participants will meet for six weeks, using two-hour sessions each week to help fortify their abilities in self-management skills. Topics include techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. Each participant will receive a copy of the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions workbook along with a relaxation CD. This program, workbook and CD were developed based on a five-year study by researchers at Stanford University. Two leaders who have been trained to facilitate this program will present.

To register for this program or other offerings, go to www.purdue.edu/worklife and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.

A guide to chronic conditions and disease prevention, focusing on the resources available on campus, as well as the classes offered by WorkLife Programs, has been created. Faculty and staff on Purdue's health plans who are managing a chronic condition can access the guide at www.purdue.edu/hr/pdf/chronicConditions_Fall2012.pdf.

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