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 Take Charge of Your Health Programs

 
 

Take Charge of Your Health Programs

 

The Take Charge of Your Health program umbrella consists of the Chronic and Diabetes Self-Management evidence-based programs originally developed at Stanford University and now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center. The programs last 6-8 weeks. Participants and facilitators meet weekly for 2.5 hours. Workshops are led by facilitators who have professional or personal experience with ongoing health conditions. 

Major objectives for Take Charge of Your Health Programs include:

  • Find out how healthy eating can improve your condition

  • Create an exercise program that works for you

  • Learn ways to improve communication with your family, friends, and healthcare providers

  • Develop your own weekly goals to help you manage your condition

  • Learn problem-solving strategies to help cope with pain, fatigue and frustration

  • Gain support and encouragement from others living with ongoing health conditions

Take Charge Programs Available:

 

Take Charge of Your Health

The program is 6 weeks with each session lasting for 2.5 hours. It provides information and self-management skills for people living with any ongoing health conditions and their caregivers.

Tomando Control de Su Salud

Tomando is a culturally adapted version of the Take Charge of Your Health in Spanish for anyone with ongoing health conditions and their caregivers.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

The program is 6 weeks with each session lasting for 2.5 hours. The workshop provides information and self-management skills for people with diabetes and their caregivers.

Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management

This program is an adaptation of the 6-week Take Charge of Your Health Program. It contains similar content, but is rearranged into 1-hour segments for the workplace. The programs benefits workplace wellness by: increasing productivity, decreasing absenteeism, reducing healthcare costs, and improving overall health and well-being.

Tomando Control de Su Diabetes

A Spanish version of Take Charge of Your Diabetes for anyone living with diabetes and their caregivers.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes Plus

An 8 week workshop for participants who are referred by a doctor and have Medicare or other insurance. Classes are held weekly for 2.5 hours per week. This workshop also includes two individual assessments conducted by a registered dietitian. During the initial assessment, our dietitian assists participants in identifying educational goals to better manage their diabetes. A follow-up assessment in the eighth week looks at future needs and includes developing ongoing plans for self management.


Hear from participants, facilitators, and doctors about the Take Charge Programs!


Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What topics will be covered in the workshops?

Topics will vary depending on the whether you join the Take Charge of Your Health workshop or the Take Charge of Your Diabetes workshop. However, the themes are the same across workshops including:

  • Find out how healthy eating can improve your condition
  • Create an exercise program that works for you
  • Learn ways to improve communication with your family, friends, and healthcare providers
  • Develop your own weekly goals to help you manage your condition
  • Learn problem-solving strategies to help cope with pain, fatigue, and frustration
  • Gain support and encouragement from others living with ongoing health conditions

Will this cost me anything?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Most often workshops are offered free of charge. Some organizations may ask for a donation, due to the funding source, but in those cases, it is still optional to donate.
  • There are some materials for the workshop that are shared in a lending library style and then returned at the end of the workshop. However, should you wish to keep these materials, they are typically available for purchase.
  • For other organizations, dependent on the organization and its funding source, the materials are given to participants free of charge.

What are some examples of ongoing health conditions?

Some examples of ongoing health conditions include:

  • Hypertension/ high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • MS (Multiple sclerosis)

How long does the workshop last?

The workshops last for 6 weeks, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours each week. In order to get the most out of a workshop, it is strongly recommended that you attend every session.

Is there an age requirement?

No. Our main focus is for participants who are 60 and over, as well as adults with disabilities, but we're happy to have people of all ages attend. The program has also been proven beneficial for caregivers of people with ongoing health conditions.

Can my friend/significant other/family member come too?

Almost always yes! If that is not the case, it will be noted in the workshop description. If you have any questions about this, you should call the contact listed in the workshop description.

Is transportation provided?

More often than not, transportation is not provided. However, if transportation is provided, it will be noted in the information about the individual workshop. You can also call the contact listed with the workshop to inquire about opportunities for transportation.

 
 

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.