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Program to help those with chronic diseases

8/25/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Many take good health for granted, but after a person has been diagnosed with a chronic disease, it is something they live with every day. Effective management becomes the key to maintaining their health.

A free class offered in Hays can help those with chronic health conditions.

The class is designed for people who have diabetes, asthma, pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, arthritis, colitis, celiac disease or other life-altering conditions.

The Kansas Optimizing Health Program is designed to teach participants with chronic conditions the skills to manage their illnesses.

The program was developed by Stanford University and has been backed by research. KOHP has been endorsed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and is taught by trained instructors.

The class consists of six sessions, during which participants will support each other with problem solving and goal setting.

Topics include communicating effectively with family members and health care providers, exercise, nutrition, and managing fatigue, depression, stress and pain.

Each participant receives a workbook and the tools to take more control over their condition.

The class will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 3 to Oct. 8 at The Center for Health Improvement, 2500 Canterbury.

There is no charge for the class, but registration is required to ensure adequate space and supplies are available.

For more information or to register, call (785) 623-5900.