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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Join our community workshops

Complimentary · Convenient · Community Locations or Virtual Sessions

Workshops meet once a week for six weeks, 2.5 hours in length. Originally developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center, the program provides you with the tools necessary to self-manage any chronic health condition. Chronic health conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and cancer.

We also offer the program in the workplace twice a week for one hour. 

Call 239-343-9264 today to find out how you can bring this workshop to your workplace for healthier and more productive employees!

Physical Activity

Learn how physical activity will help you manage your chronic health condition and what constitutes a comprehensive exercise program.


When managing a chronic health condition, and navigating the complexities of life, we are all faced with problems. Learn one of the most important self-management tools that we have - steps to solve problems.

Using Your Mind

Our mind is a powerful tool to help us control our chronic health conditions. We will practice distraction techniques, positive thinking and a relaxation body scan during this workshop.


Another important self-management tool. Once you identify a problem, now it is time to take action. Learn how to make an action plan, which is a tool you can use for life!


Many decisions have to be made when living with a chronic health conditions. Often, it may be difficult to decide what course of action is best for you. During the workshop, you will learn a process for making decisions that you can have confidence in.


Poor sleep is a common concern among individuals with chronic health conditions. Learn strategies to help you get a more restful night of sleep and feel more energized.

Working with Health Professionals

It can be challenging to effectively collaborate with your health care team and organizations. Learn tips to improve your relationships with your health care providers and organizations.


Poor communication is not good for our physical, mental and emotional health. Learn how to use “I” messages to better communicate with significant others and health professionals to promote improved well-being.

Breathing Techniques

Better breathing can help us manage our chronic health conditions, decrease our stress, and is important to utilize when doing physical activity. We will practice breathing techniques during the workshop. 

Healthy Eating

Good nutrition plays an important role in managing and preventing chronic health conditions. Learn general healthy eating principles, how to read food labels, and techniques to eat healthier in today’s “fast food” world.


Nearly 50 percent of all medications are not taken by patients as ordered. Learn tips on how to become more compliant with taking your medication and how to overcome common barriers to taking the medication.

Understanding Emotions

Emotional ups and downs are normal when managing a chronic health condition. Explore these emotions and learn techniques for managing the negative feelings often associated when living with a variety of medical conditions.