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Chronic pain course is offered


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

A free new class offered in Hays can help those with chronic health conditions. The class is designed for anyone suffering from diabetes, asthmas, pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, arthritis, colitis, celiac disease or other life-altering conditions.

When people are diagnosed with a chronic disease, it is something they live with every day. Effective management is the key to better health. The Kansas Optimizing Health program is designed to provide skills and tools for people who have chronic health conditions to manage their illnesses. The program was developed by Stanford University, has been backed by research and is endorsed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The class will offer six sessions, during which participants will learn problem solving, set goals and support each other in setting goals.

The class is taught by trained instructors, and topics include how to communicate to health care providers and dealing with fatigue, depression, isolation, nutrition, stress, exercise and pain management. Each participant receives a workbook along with the tools to live a good, quality life.

The class will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16 at Hays Medical Center's Center for Health Improvement, 2500 Canterbury. Registration by Sept. 7 is required to ensure adequate space and supplies. For more information, call (785) 623-5900.