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The Living Healthy Workshop at Little Falls Hospital


May 4, 2011

Herkimer County HealthNet and Little Falls Hospital invite anyone over 18 years of age, with a chronic condition or acting as a care-giver to someone with a chronic condition, to participate in an empowering program, The Living Healthy Workshop. 


The Living Healthy Workshop will be offered Free, for 6 weeks, starting Tuesday, May 17th between 6:00 and 8:00PM in Conference Room A on the 4th Floor of Little Falls Hospital, and running until June 21st, 2011. 


The Living Healthy Workshop is an opportunity for people with different chronic diseases and their care-givers to learn the skills needed in the day-to-day management of treatment and to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. The Program has been adopted by such groups as the National Health Service of England, the Diabetes Society of British Columbia in Canada, Kaiser Permanente, and Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. It has been used all over the world, following the training principles developed at Stanford University.


The Living Healthy Workshop is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders. The Herkimer County course is sponsored by Herkimer County HealthNet. The trained leaders are Ms. Tia Lock, Health Educator at Herkimer HealthNet, and Thomas Curnow, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet.


Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and 6) how to evaluate new treatments.
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives


Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?
The Living Healthy Workshop does not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.


People, who took the Workshop, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, symptom management, communication with physicians, general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. Many of these results persist for as long as three years.


HOW TO PARTICIPATE: please contact TIA LOCK at (315) 768-4108, or at: by Friday, May 13th, 2011. 


Participation is limited, so please register soon!

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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