Class aims to help those with chronic disease

Special to The Hays Daily News

Many take for granted good health, 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 health.

A free class offered in Hays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 7 to March 14 at the Center for Health Improvement, 2500 Canterbury, can help those with chronic health conditions.

The class is designed for people with diabetes, asthma, pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, arthritis, colitis, celiac disease or any number of 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 your family and health care providers, exercise, nutrition, as well as managing fatigue, depression, stress and pain. Each participant receives a workbook, and the tools to take more control over their condition.

There is no charge for the class, but registration is required. The deadline for registration is Feb. 1.

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