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About Chronic Disease Self-Management

Did you know that more than one in four Americans have multiple (two or more) chronic health conditions? Chronic health conditions may include, but are not limited to: arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, respiratory conditions, and high blood pressure. When diagnosed with a chronic health condition, the individual must learn how to self-manage the condition. The “It’s All About You” program will teach participants the necessary tools to better cope and care for their diagnosis.

This program is a six week workshop offered at no cost. Through this program, participants will learn to:

  • Live with a chronic health condition
  • Make smarter decisions related to healthy eating
  • Understand the benefits of exercise
  • More easily manage medications

Anyone with a chronic health condition or cares for a loved one with a chronic health condition may attend. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

This program was developed over 20 years ago at the Patient Education Research Center as a collaborative research project between Stanford and Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. The workshops are held worldwide.

Participants who complete the program report high satisfaction with the program, improved health outcomes and have decreased emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Workshops are held at various locations throughout Lee County. Call 239-343-9264 today to register for a workshop near you.

View our program flyer (pdf).

Chronic Disease Self-Management Volunteer Leaders Needed

The “It’s All About You” Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is facilitated by trained volunteer leaders. If you have a desire to help others with chronic health conditions, then this program is for you. Volunteer leaders are asked to facilitate at least one six-week workshop on an annual basis. Leader qualifications are as follows:

  • Have a chronic health condition
  • Comfortable speaking in front of small groups
  • Outgoing
  • Able to read, write and speak English clearly
  • Willing to teach at hours other than traditional business hours, if necessary
  • Model healthy behaviors for workshop participants

To become a certified leader, you must participate in 24 hours of training (over 4 days) and complete one 6-week participant workshop. For more information on becoming a leader, please call 239-343-9265.