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Self-Management - Take Control of your Health
Active adults
  • Working with your doctor as your healthcare partner
  • Getting support from family and friends
  • Knowing how to work through problems such as pain, fatigue, or depression
  • Learning how to be active and eat well
  • Understanding how to use medications correctly


Oregon offers a variety of Self-Management Programs to promote taking control of your life and living healthier:

Programs and Resources on this page:



Living Well With Chronic Conditions

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma and heart disease.

Workshops related to Living Well that are also available in communities across Oregon include Tomando Control de su Salud, a Spanish-language, culturally appropriate version, and the Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP), a workshop for people with HIV.

Workshops are offered in most communities across Oregon. Find a workshop near you
Contact us for more information.

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Oregon Tobacco Quit Line

The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line is a free program offering tips, information, and one-on-one telephone counseling to anyone looking to quit tobacco or help someone quit.  Available to all Oregonians regardless of income or insurance status, the Quit Line is staffed by real people who are friendly and non-judgmental.

Quit coaches will help you make your own plan to fit your own life. No pressure, no guilt. Coaches can even help you figure out if you are eligible for free nicotine gum or the patch.

Open 7 days a week, 4:00 am to 12:00 am. Coaching is available in many languages. 

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Español: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92)

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Women exercising at the beach    
Oregon Arthritis Program
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a safe exercise program for anybody wanting to start a beginner's fitness class or to maintain muscle strength. The program uses gentle activities to help increase join flexibility and stamina and has been proven to decrease pain in people with arthritis. Exercises can be done standing or seated in a chair.

Walk With Ease Program (WWE)

Walk With Ease is a six-week walking program conducted in groups by a trained leader. Participants receive health education tips, learn how to exercise safely and create a personal walking plan that fits their goals. Each session includes a lecturette, warm up, 10-30 minute walk and cool down. Participants receive a textbook and track their progress in a walking diary.

Programs are held in various locations throughout the state. Find an arthritis self-management program. The Arthritis Foundation - Great West Chapter also offers programs.  

EnhanceFitness Program

The EnhanceFitness (EF) program is a multi-component group exercise program designed to increase strength, improve flexibility and balance, boost activity levels, and elevate mood. EF includes a five-minute warm-up, 20-minute aerobics workout, five-minute cool-down, 20-minute strength training and 10-minute stretching. EF is offered to groups of 10 to 25 participants as one-hour classes that meet three times per week on an ongoing basis.

EF classes are offered in several Oregon counties. To find a class near you, please contact: Paige Denison, EnhanceFitness National Trainer at Project Enhance, Senior Services at

If you are in Douglas County, contact Steven Stanfield, Healthy Living Director at YMCA of Douglas County at

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National Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an in-person or virtual evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The year-long program helps participants learn ways to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity, as well as problem-solving, stress-reduction and coping skills into their daily lives. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Sessions are weekly for the first six months and then at least monthly for the next six months. This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

For people with prediabetes or at risk for developing diabetes:

For health care providers:

For Diabetes Prevention Program providers:

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Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Programs
DSME programs help people with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Learn more and find local programs through the following links.
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Woman practicing TaiChi     
Falls Prevention for Older Adults
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (TCMBB)

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an eight-form version of Tai Chi that was designed to improve strength and balance while reducing fear and risk of falls. Participants attend one hour classes 2-3 times per week for three months.

Programs are held in various locations throughout the state. To find a Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance class near you call 971-673-1036.

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Self-Management Webinar Series

This quarterly web-based training is available for individuals who are currently implementing one or more of the above programs or who would like to learn how to get started.  

Topics for 2012-2013 include:

  • Healthcare Providers and Evidence-Based Self-Management Programs
  • Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs for Older Adults
  • Engaging Diverse Populations in Living Well and Tomando Control de su Salud
  • Working With Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) on Self-Management
  • Living Well Business Plan

Learn more about Self-Management Webinars