Ignoring a chronic condition will not make it go away, and suffering is simply a poor management technique. So, if you live with a long-term health condition, why not learn how to more effectively manage it and live an active and fulfilling life?

Believe it or not, although the specifics of managing each condition vary, the skills for managing most chronic conditions are actually quite similar. Take Charge of Your Health is a program designed to help you become a better health manager! Cheri Burcham of University of Illinois Extension and Sheila Greuel of Covenant Transitions have teamed up to provide this program online. Classes will be offered weekly on Tuesday afternoons starting May 26 and ending June 30. They are from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This six-week series will be available to the public online by using the free video conferencing platform Zoom. Prospective participants will need to register by Tuesday, May 19 by e-mailing Cheri Burcham at cburcham@illinois.edu. They will receive a confirmation phone call and e-mail with webinar connection details and will receive additional tech support if needed.

Classes are highly engaging, and topics include: dealing with difficult emotions; improving and maintaining strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and much more. There is no cost to participate due to funding by a grant from the Administration for Community Living, but registration is mandatory.

The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs & employment. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office at 543-3755. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby county, visit our website at web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/index.html

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