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Better Choices, Better Health Online

The Better Choices, Better Health Online Self-Management Program is a web-based, 6-week program in which groups of about 25 people with a variety of ongoing health conditions participate together. Content of this online 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 online workshop does not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes education. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives. The content of this workshop was the result of focus groups with people with chronic health problems, in which the participants discussed which content areas were the most important to them.

Who can participate?

This program is open to adults of all ages who are living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions. A computer and internet connection are required.

What does it cost to participate?

The program is FREE to participants, and participants receive a copy of the companion book for the program,“Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”, 5th Edition.

What happens in the program?

Workshops are facilitated by two trained facilitators, one or both of whom are peers with a chronic health condition themselves. It is the process in which the online workshop is presented that makes it unique. Sessions 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. Each workshop is 6 weeks with new lessons each week. Participants are asked to log on at their convenience 2-3 times each week for a total of about 2 hours/week. There are no requirements that participants log in at the same time.

Who are the program leaders?

Workshops are facilitated by two trained facilitators, one or both of whom are peers with a chronic health condition themselves.

How do I get involved?

To apply to participate in the Online program, please join our Waitlist by filling in your information here.