FACTS FOR FAMILIES: Learn Self-Management Skills for Chronic Health Problems | Health, medicine and fitness

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Ignoring a chronic illness will not make it go away, and suffering is a bad management technique. If you live with a long-term health problem, why not learn how to manage it more effectively and lead an active, fulfilling life?

Although the specifics of managing each health problem vary, the skills for managing most chronic health problems are quite similar. Take Charge of Your Health is a program designed to help you become a better health manager. Myself and extension educator Tessa Hobbs-Curley will team up to deliver this program online.

This interactive series will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from November 3 to December 15 (skipping November 17) from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Discover healthy ways to live with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and more. Find practical ways to manage pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment options, and learn better ways to talk about your health with your doctors and family. Participation is free, but participants are strongly encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.

This six-week series will be available using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Potential attendees should register online at https://go.illinois.edu/TakeCharge or contact the Coles County Extension office at 217-345-7034 with any questions.

Once registered, a confirmation email with webinar login details will be sent with information on who to contact for further technical support.

University of Illinois Extension offers equal opportunity in programs and employment. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact me, Cheri Burcham at 217-543-3755. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

For more information on University of Illinois Unit 19 programming and to read other helpful articles, visit our website at https://extension.illinois.edu/ccdms, call us at 217-345-7034 or contact Cheri Burcham at cburcham @ illinois. edu Also visit the Family Files blog at https://extension.illinois.edu/blogs/family-files

Cheri Burcham is the Family Life Educator at the U of I Extension.

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