Free 6-week program at Red Bank YMCA
Red Bank, NJ – For many people, coping with a chronic health condition can be extremely trying. Fatigue, pain, breathing difficulties, sleeping problems, loss of energy, depression and anxiety about the future are common.
The Community YMCA Family Health & Fitness Center is pleased to partner with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission to offer Better Choices, Better Health, a no-cost course to help people with chronic conditions overcome these daily challenges, and maintain an active, fulfilling life.
The program was developed by Stanford University and will run Tuesdays, July 27-August 31 at the Red Bank Y, from 6:30-9 p.m. It is based on self-efficacy theory and emphasizes problem solving, decision-making and confidence building. Participants learn about healthier ways to live, gain confidence and motivation to manage their health, and feel more positive about their lives. Research confirms that a year after completing this course, participants reported increased healthful behaviors, better symptom management, improved health status, fewer physician and hospital visits, and greater confidence in their ability to manage their condition.
Adults of all ages, who are experiencing chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, hypertension, depression or any other ongoing or long-term health condition(s) can attend. Family members, friends and caregivers are also welcome, as they will benefit from the information personally and develop a better understanding of living with a chronic condition.
Course participants will learn how to:
- manage symptoms
- get started with healthy eating and exercise
- communicate effectively with their doctor and health care team
- manage their fear, anger and frustration
- make daily tasks easier, and
- get more out of life
Research confirms that following the course, participants increased healthful behaviors, believed their health had improved, were less limited in their daily activities, were less bothered by their illness, and had greater confidence in their ability to manage their condition.