A highly interactive 6-session, 2.5 hour peer-led health education workshop that utilizes the evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) curriculum developed and tested at Stanford University.

The Living Healthy workshop is for anyone dealing with a chronic or ongoing health condition and their caregivers who want to learn how to self-manage and take control in dealing with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, is a six-week workshop that takes place once a week for 2½ hours and is facilitated by two trained Leaders. This program is designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their health condition affects their lives.

This workshop teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of any type of ongoing health condition in order to maintain and/or increase an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The curriculum teaches self-managed lifestyle change and coping strategies to enable participants to manage their health condition(s), medications and increase physical activity levels. People with different chronic health conditions attend this highly participative and supportive workshop.

Over 1,000 people with heart disease, lung disease, stroke or arthritis participated in a randomized, controlled test of the Program and were followed for up to three years. People who took the Program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. These data yield a cost to savings ratio of approximately 1:4. Many of these results persist for as long as three years.