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Feeling Better Just Got Easier, OMC offers an education program for people with chronic health problems

Feeling Better Just Got Easier, OMC offers an education program for people with chronic health problems

Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) Behavioral Healthcare is offering a free program for people living with such ailments as chronic pain, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program will be offered weekly on Fridays, beginning July 24 and finishing on August 28. The class will meet from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Center.

Taught by Nurse Care Manager from Behavioral Health Care, Laura Shepard, RN, the program goals include improving knowledge of living a healthy life with a chronic condition; identifying and learning the latest pain management approaches; learning to manage fatigue and stress more effectively; finding solutions to problems caused by painful conditions; identifying ways to deal with anger, fear, frustration and depression; discussing the role of exercise and nutrition in chronic disease management; learning new ways to communicate with family and friends; and learning how to form a partnership with the health-care team.

The program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Regional Arthritis Center. Participants will receive the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions at no cost.

Registration is required. To sign up, call 417-257-6762, extension 4112. If needed, ask about transportation assistance.

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