Free health workshop series offered

June 16, 2014

If you or a loved one lives with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, arthritis, stress, or chronic pain, you will want to learn to manage or avoid these chronic health issues by attending six free workshops. These series called “Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living with Chronic Conditions” will be held at the Altus Public Library once a week on Tuesday evenings for six weeks, starting on July 1 and finishing on Aug. 5. The time will be from 5:30 to about 8 p.m. for each session, which will include a light meal.

The “Living Longer, Living Stronger” program was developed by a doctor at Stanford University, and is being presented across the country. To learn more about the Stanford University Self-Management workshops visit The Health Department workshop presenters will be April Collom from Frederick and Courtney Donley from Elk City, who are themselves living with and managing chronic conditions.

The program is for people who struggle with their chronic illnesses, and for those who support family members or loved ones with chronic conditions. Workshop topics include goal setting, exercise, nutrition, relaxation techniques, and more.

Space is limited, so register by calling 580-477-2890 to plan now to attend the six workshops at 421 N. Hudson in Altus. The small class sizes will promote mutual support and interaction. Individuals who have attended the series of free workshops report significant and measurable improvements in their health and quality of life—for instance, less fatigue and shortness of breath, reduced pain and depression, and fewer limitations on social activities.

This health literacy outreach project will be sponsored by the Great Plains Literacy Council, Southern Prairie Library System, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. It is funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.