Healthy Acadia Offers Free “Taking Action for Health” Workshop Series for
Those Experiencing Chronic Disease
December 31, 2015

Healthy Acadia is pleased to offer its first "Taking Action for Health" course beginning January 23, 2016. “Taking Action for Health” is Healthy Acadia’s Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, an evidence-based program that provides participants with tools to manage their chronic disease or condition in order to maintain a healthy and fulfilling life. Sessions will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm, from January 23 through February 27 at Healthy Acadia’s Ellsworth office, located at 140 State Street, Suite 1.

“Taking Action for Health” is a free, interactive program open to anyone living with a chronic disease or condition. Healthy Acadia’s Elizabeth Lyles and Nina Zeldin, two Stanford-trained leaders, will be facilitating the workshops. The course consists of six workshops, during which participants will explore:

• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and
endurance
• Appropriate use of medications
• Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
• Nutrition
• Decision-making
• Evaluating new treatments

Workshop participants will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, and an audio relaxation CD, “Relaxation for Mind and Body”.

Evidence demonstrates that this program's highly participatory process is what makes it so effective. Participants provide each other with mutual support and share their successes. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Healthy Acadia’s “Taking Action for Health’ program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Contact Elizabeth at 667-7171 or elizabeth@healthyacadia.org to register or for more information about “Taking Action for Health”.