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What is Living Well?

Living Well with Chronic Conditions (the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) is a 6-week workshop. It teaches real-life skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition.

Classes are fun and interactive. Participants share their successes and build a common source of support. The workshop builds confidence around managing health, staying active, and enjoying life.

Check out these program brochures and flyers: English (pdf )  |  Spanish (pdf).


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Description of Workshops

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is the same as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) developed by Stanford University. For more information, please see our Self-Management Program Fact Sheet (pdf) or go to the Stanford Patient Education Research Center website.

Topics Covered:

  • Managing symptoms
  • Medication "how-to"
  • Working with your health care team
  • Setting weekly goals
  • Effective problem solving
  • Better communication
  • How to relax
  • Handling difficult emotions
  • Tips for eating well
  • Safe, easy exercise

Program Length: A 6-week program that meets 2½ hours each week.

Who Attends: People with different chronic conditions and their family or friends.

What You Will Learn: Resources, skills, and action planning to give you a sense of greater control over life with a chronic condition.

Leaders: Two trained leaders at each location. At least one of them has a chronic condition.

Cost: Some sites may charge a small fee to cover the cost of the course materials, which includes a book.

Some counties are now offering:


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