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Self-Management Programs - Other Languages

   
     

What are Self-Management Programs?
The Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs are six-week workshops that help people with chronic conditions to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshops provide information and teach practical skills. They give people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic health conditions.
 
Who can attend?
Adults experiencing any type of chronic health conditions, as well as their family, friends and/or caregivers.
 
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (also known as the Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program)
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is available in Punjabi and Chinese in the Lower Mainland and will be expanding throughout the province. Participants must be able to function in a group setting.
 
Diabetes Self-Management Program
The Diabetes Self-Management Program is available in Punjabi and Chinese in the Lower Mainland. Participants must be able to function in a group setting.
 
What does it cost to attend?
It is FREE to participants, and participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions course book. Participants must pre-register for the program and are encouraged to attend all six sessions.

What happens in the workshops?
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2.5 hours, over six weeks. There are ten to sixteen participants in each workshop. In the workshop, participants will learn about:
  • healthy eating;
  • starting and maintaining exercise;
  • pain and fatigue management;
  • stress management;
  • communicating with your healthcare professional;
  • managing medications; and
  • planning and problem solving.
Diabetes Self-Management Program
As well as the items above, the Diabetes Self-Management Program participants learn about:
- prevention of low blood glucose;
- to prevent or delay complications; and
- plan low fat meals and read nutrition labels.
Participants take an active role in the workshop by setting weekly goals and providing feedback on how they managed.

Who leads the workshops?
The workshop is led by two leaders who have taken special training. The leaders are volunteers, many of whom have chronic health conditions themselves.
 
Who developed the program?
The Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs are licensed programs developed and researched at Stanford University. They follow a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage symptoms. They are considered a best practice program in self-management.
 
What participants are saying about the program:
This was the beginning of taking control of my condition. I moved from victim, from feeling helpless, to feeling that I can do something to alleviate my condition.
 
Meeting with people who are dealing with the same things as me has given me a lot emotionally, and I think that’s something I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.
 
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