Every day, teams of dedicated men and women run great programs at Valley Medical Center…but it’s not every day that the news makes the Wall Street Journal.
This week, it did! The article (read it here) features photos from a VMC Healthier Living Class, and talks about this growing nationwide movement . Our Healthier Living program has graduated over 800 participants since 2006.
Healthier Living is staffed by the SCVMC patient association HELP: Health, Empowerment, Leadership People which consists of SCVMC patient-volunteers. The VMC Foundation is proud to support this great program (and I’m proud to be part of the photo above!)
Free Chronic Disease Self Management Program “Healthier Living” Classes are available for all VMC patients and staff, regardless of insurance or non-insured status. This program was developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. The program was developed for people with chronic health problems and their significant others. People with different problems attend the same workshop together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders.
Subjects 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 care professionals, 5) nutrition, and, 6) how to evaluate new treatments. There is also great emphasis on three process skills: action planning, disease related problem solving, and decision making.