Workshop to focus on taking charge of health


GREENVILLE – Individuals can learn how to improve their days with a free six-week Healthy U workshop for adults living with chronic conditions.

The workshop will be from 2-4:30 p.m. on Fridays, May 17 through June 19, at Family Health (conference room), 5735 Meeker Road, Greenville. The workshop is open to adults of any age living with a chronic health condition and/or their caregivers.

Workshops need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. Individuals can register by calling Jane Urlage at 937-547-2319 ext. 1229 or emailing jurlage@familyhealthservices.org.

Healthy U is an evidence-based, interactive, small group workshop proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills to better manage symptoms and feel healthier, organizers said. Instead of focusing on any one disease, participants explore new ways to address challenges common to anyone with a long-term health concern.

The program focuses on common problems such as chronic pain, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions and communicating with doctors and family. Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage symptoms through setting achievable goals, problem-solving, decision-making, social support and more.

Chronic conditions include but are not limited to arthritis, anxiety, asthma, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and more. Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” and a relaxation CD.

Workshops are supported by the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2. The Agency on Aging helps older adults of west central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity. The Area Agency on Aging is an independent, private, nonprofit corporation that plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties.