Classes offered on chronic conditions

Jan 9 2012 - 12:18am

OGDEN -- Weber-Morgan Health Department is offering to the public a free six-week "Living Well with Chronic Conditions" self-management class.

The classes begin Wednesday and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon each Wednesday until Feb. 15, at Weber-Morgan Health Department, 3rd floor library, 477 23rd St.

Classes are geared toward those with chronic conditions as well as those caring for them.

Some of the conditions discussed will be asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, emphysema, depression and chronic pain.

The classes will include techniques to combat frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength; appropriate use of medications and proper nutrition; techniques to effectively communicate with family, friends, and health professionals; and guidelines to evaluate new treatments.

"This is a time of year when people think about making healthy changes to their lives," said Rochelle Creager, health educator with Weber-Morgan Health Department.

"We try to help people learn how to set goals, communicate with their caregivers and deal with their emotions. Taking this approach helps people break down their care into smaller, more manageable pieces and puts them in control of their disease."

Registration is required by calling 801-399-7187.

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