New programs to provide information on managing chronic conditions

January 20, 2011

WorkLife Programs has two new programs starting soon: one dealing specifically with diabetes and the other dealing with chronic conditions in general. Both offerings are valuable learning opportunities for those who have or live with someone who has chronic conditions.
* Dining with Diabetes will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 31-March 7, in Stone Hall, Room 232.

In the program, WorkLife Programs and Purdue Extension will combine for a positive and proactive team approach to help manage diabetes. The six-week series will provide weekly interactive food preparation demonstrations, tastings, and opportunities to participate in self-management skills and techniques.

Sessions will include information about snacks, carbohydrates and sweeteners, fats and sodium, and vitamins and fiber, along with food preparation of snacks, desserts, main dishes, and side dishes. Another session is planned for glucometers and diabetes medication updates. Each participant will receive a binder with information and recipes.
* Chronic Disease Self Management Program will be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 3-March 10, at the WorkLife Programs office, Purdue West Shopping Plaza, 1402 W. State St.

Chronic disease can disrupt the routine of life and have an effect on emotions. WorkLife Programs will partner with Area IV Agency to offer a highly participative and supportive program for anyone with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, pulmonary disease, fibromyalgia, or any other chronic condition.

Participants will meet for six weeks, using two-hour sessions each week to help fortify their 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 a workbook along with a relaxation CD.

To register for these or other offerings, go to and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.
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