Yakima Chronic Disease Classes

Juanita Silva of Memorial Community Health appeared on KIT 1280 on April 22, 2014 to discuss Memorial’s chronic disease classes. Memorial is starting its next round of classes May 6 to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness. The “My Health, My Life” classes are designed to teach simple techniques for living a healthy life by managing your symptoms. The six-week program teaches key skills for improving your health, despite your illness.

As rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases continue to rise in our community, we must pursue avenues of prevention and management to affect meaningful change in how these conditions impact people’s lives.

Louise Adams is seeing this firsthand. Louise was invited to attend a class to offer support for a friend and found that she learned as much about her own health habits. Louise shared her experience on KIT 1280 as well, encouraging others to sign up for the classes.

Who should take these classes?
Anyone living with a chronic illness that impacts the quality of their life can attend. We see people with any number of disorders:
• arthritis, diabetes, asthma, depression, obesity, heart disease, cancer and debilitating, chronic pain.

You also don’t need to be ill to attend the class – caregivers and family supporters are also welcome.

What are some of the things the class teaches?
• Healthy eating
• Weight management
• Getting a good night sleep
• Preventing falls and improving balance
• Managing your chronic disease
• Communicating with your doctor
• Managing your medications
• Pain management
• Managing difficult emotions
• Problem solving
• Goal setting

The classes are held in Memorial’s classrooms in the basement. They are 2-1/2 hours each, once a week for six weeks. The next class starts Tuesday, May 6.

For more information, call Juanita at 225-3178

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