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Free Healthy Living Classes Offered To Help Those With Chronic Diseases

OSWEGO, NY – Residents can learn how to better manage their chronic condition during a free, six-week program that is being taught by experienced health educators.

Oswego Health and the Oswego County Department of Health are once again offering the free workshops developed by Stanford University.

The classes will be held four times during the year at convenient locations throughout the county.

This is the second year that the two health organizations have teamed up to offer the classes that have been found to be successful by participants.

The first class will be offered Wednesdays at Bishop Commons, beginning March 4 and ending April 8 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants do not need to be residents of the facility.

The three other upcoming class sessions will be held April 14 through May 19 at the Hannibal Medical Center; May 26 through June 30 at the Central Square Medical Center; and September 22 through October 27 in Pulaski, with the specific location to be determined.

Oswego Health and the county health department offered similar programs last year, which assisted more than 40 residents in learning how to live better with their chronic condition.

“This program provides participants with the knowledge and skills that truly empower them to make lifestyle changes to improve their chronic disease management,” said Susan Callaway, RN, who is one of the peer leaders.

This program is designed to help those with any chronic disease, such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes to improve their health status through its living healthy workshops.

The workshops will cover nutrition and exercise, as well as how to get support, deal with pain and fatigue and talk with your physician and family members about your condition.

Participants will learn goal setting techniques and establish a step-by-step plan to improve their health.

Those taking part in the program will be provided a free workbook and healthy snacks at each class session.

To register, or if you have questions, please call 349-5513 or 349-3587.

Community members can also sign up online at http://ceacw.org/ by clicking the enroll in a class near me tab.