Online Program

Better Choices, Better Health Online

Self-Management Programs

The Better Choices, Better Health® Online Self-Management Program is a free, web-based program offered on a dedicated website that meets government privacy requirements. It is open to adults of all ages who are living with one or more ongoing health conditions.  A computer and internet connection are required.

Offered as a 6-week small group (up to 25 participants) workshop, the program includes:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Healthy eating
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Disease-related problem solving
  • Advanced directives

This workshop does not conflict with existing programs or treatment, it is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education.

Helpful for people with more than one chronic condition, it provides skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health as well as keep active in their lives.

What happens in the program?

Each Monday a new session is introduced for the week. The 6 sessions, moderated by two trained peer facilitators, are highly participative through internal messaging and online discussion boards, where mutual support and success builds the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Participants are asked to log on at their convenience around three times a week for a total of 1.5 to 2 hours. The program does not require "real time attendance," i.e., there are bulletin boards rather than chat rooms. Weekly activities include reading (both online and supplemental reading from a provided book), interacting with other participants, making and posting a weekly action plan, participating in problem solving and guided exercises on bulletin boards, and participating in any appropriate self-tests and activities. Participants are encouraged to post chronic disease-related challenges on a bulleting board and help other group members with their challenges. 

How do I get involved?

To participate in this program, please join our Waitlist and someone from our office will contact you shortly.