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Lake County to host workshop series on chronic disease self-management

RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2011

TAVARES — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Lake County Extension, in partnership with the Lake County Community Health Worker Program, will be hosting a six-part workshop series entitled, Healthy Living: Chronic Disease Self-Management on Thursdays, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. starting Oct. 6 and ending Nov. 10. The workshops will be held at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

The workshops are designed to teach people living with, or caring for someone with a chronic health condition, the skills they need to thrive. The fun, practical and interactive workshops emphasize coping strategies, along with practical skills to more effectively manage chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.

The program, originally developed by Stanford University, has helped people across the country with chronic conditions or illnesses to carry on daily activities, manage emotions and communicate better with family, friends and health care professionals.
Participants should plan on attending all six sessions. The series is free but pre-registration is required by Oct. 3. Class size is limited, so register early to reserve your place.

The workshops will be led by Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension and Maria Granado, Lake County Community Health Worker Manager. Partial funding for the program was provided by Elder Options and the Amerigroup Foundation.

To register, call (352) 343-4101 ext. 2719 or email rcbass@ufl.edu. The Foundation for The Gator Nation: An Equal Opportunity Institute.

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More Information:
UF/IFAS Lake County Extension
(352) 343-4101 ext. 2719
rcbass@ufl.edu

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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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