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NCOA has announced that Better Choices, Better Health is now available in all 50 states for a limited time. Online registration is available now. The program is a Free Online Workshop for People with Chronic Conditions. Nearly half of all adults live with one or more chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. But millions struggle to find ways to manage
their condition. NCOAs Better Choices, Better Health program helps.
Better Choices, Better Health is the online version of the internationally recognized Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP), developed and tested at the Stanford University Patient Education Center. With support from Sanofi-Aventis and Atlantic Philanthropies, NCOA can make Better Choices, Better Health available to individuals in all 50 states for a limited time.
The program teaches self-care techniques online through a six-week online workshop which helps participants reduce their pain and anxiety and manage their symptoms. Led by trained facilitators, many of whom live with chronic conditions themselves, participants discuss:
Dealing with stressful emotions
Planning for the future
Locating and using community resources
Building communication skills
Asking for help - Participants can log onto the free sessions from any computer with an Internet connection, including dial-up, at any time.
At their own convenience, they can:
Read posted materials
Interact with others who are also coping with a chronic condition
There are materials available to use to promote the program online at http://www.ncoa.org/improvinghealth/chronic-disease/better-choices-better-health.html?utm_source=NC. It may also be possible to hold an in-person workshop in your area, as NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging is bringing in-person, community-based CDSMP workshops to individuals across the country. Through funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging, these offerings are currently promoted to thousands of people in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. There is a link to request more information about in-person, community-based CDSMP programs in your area on the NCOA webpage under the Improving Health drop down menu. See www.ncoa.org