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St. Anthony Summit Medical Center hosts free class on chronic disease self-management

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About half of all adults in the United States have at least one chronic health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a quarter of adults have more than one.

Through a new free class offered at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, locals living with chronic health conditions can learn to better manage their health on their own.

The Consortium for Older Adult Wellness, in partnership with the medical center and the Healthy Summit Collaborative, will provide an evidence-based curriculum for individuals living with chronic health conditions.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is designed to help participants self-manage the symptoms of their chronic conditions through appropriate physical activity, nutrition, use of medications and emotional support.

The class emphasizes behavior change through achievable weekly goal setting, creating a sense of empowerment and achievement that positively affects the lives of participants.

The program was developed by Stanford University and has more than 20 years of research supporting positive participant outcomes. Class participants consistently experience improvements in physical activity levels, symptoms management, communication with providers and levels of pain and fatigue.

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The class will be held in the Medical Center Classroom at St. Anthony Summit on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 3 and ending March 10.

For more information or to enroll, or to refer a patient to the chronic-disease self-management program, visit the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness referral webpage at http://coaw.org/refer/steplist.aspx, or call (888) 900-2629.