The objective of “Better Choices, Better Health: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions” is to teach people how to develop the skills to help them gain control of their health conditions and live an active life.
The “Better Choices, Better Health” workshop will specifically address:
- Managing symptoms
- Setting goals and solving problems
- Dealing with depression and emotions
- Using relaxation techniques
- Working with your health care team
- Eating well and being active
The six week workshop will be offered beginning in January in Congers and starting in February in Pearl River. Pre registration is required for the workshops, which can each accommodate 15 people.
The Congers workshops start on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at TOUCH at 209 Route 9W. No class will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, which is President Lincoln's birthday. To register, call the Health Department at 845-364-2501.
The Pearl River sessions will begin Friday, Feb. 28 and run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pearl River Adult Education Center at 135 West Crooked Hill Road in Pearl River. To register, call 845-620-3921 or go online to www.pearlriver.org.
“Receive support and encouragement from both the workshop leaders and your fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.
The program, which is in use nationally, was developed by Stanford University. Participants will receive the book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and CD “A Time for Healing.” Further information can be obtained by contacting Public Health Educator Barbara Plasker at 845-364-3839.