Thursday, March 10, 2011

Healthier Living Workshop

I have been attending The Healthier Living Workshop from February 3rd to today, March 10th. It is a program that was originated from Stanford University:

Better Choices, Better Health™, previously named Self-Management @ Stanford Healthier Living with Ongoing Health Problems, is an online workshop and study given on the Internet. Groups of about 25 people with a variety of ongoing health conditions participate together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained facilitators, one or both of whom are peers with a chronic health condition themselves. Topics covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) healthy eating, and, 6) making informed treatment decisions, 7) disease related problem solving, 8) advanced directives."

I found it very useful. I have included above the website of the program. The one that I attended was free and was sponsored by the Shasta County Public Health Department. It is also jointly funded by the California Collaboration for Chronic Disease Prevention. I met some nice people and obtained some useful tools in dealing with my specific problems.

I think this may have been the reason that I was able to see that it was not what I was doing that was creating problems in my life but my viewpoint. I had to re-think how I looked at my life and what I wanted to do.

What was nice is the fact that I got a call from the Veterans Administration that I am being set up for an appointment next week at the exact same time as this class that I just finished. I am optimistic that I will be able to get some help in getting my finances in order.

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