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Kansans Optimizing Healthy Program set to begin
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Are you or someone you are close to affected by arthritis, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity or the effects of a stroke?  You do not have to look far to find someone affected by one or more of these conditions. Today in my column space I want to extend an invitation to participate in a chronic disease self-management program titled Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP).  This program was developed at Stanford University.  Research studies have shown that the program is effective in helping people manage their health and control chronic disease symptoms.
My husband, John, and I were trained to lead the KOHP workshop a year ago and have led one 6-week workshop last spring. Our dates are set for another 6-week workshop, beginning Tuesday, October 26th. The workshop will be held from 6–8:30 p.m. each Tuesday through November 30th. Our class will be held at the new Great Bend Recreation Activity Center located at 2715 18th St. 
You may be asking yourself what you will learn from attending this workshop. Six key components of the classes include:
·     Deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
·     Maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance through exercise.
·     Use medications appropriately.
·     Communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
·     Include a healthy diet as part of your day.
·     Work in partnership with your health-care team.
As a member of the class you will be involved in the discussions and activities throughout the entire six weeks. A goal is to help you develop confidence in your ability to manage your chronic disease symptoms through mutual support and hearing about the successes of others. 
A $10 registration fee may be paid at Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone. You will receive a 382-page workbook titled, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”  Healthy refreshments will be served each week as well. Class size is limited to 15 so call to register soon!  If you have any questions please give me a call.