CCHD Offers FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops


CCHD Offers FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will be hosting FREE ‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ self-management workshops to district residents residing in the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The six-week workshop series will be held once a week on Wednesday mornings, beginning on April 10th through May 15th from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center located at 120 Cedar Street in Newington.

‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ is a nationwide, evidence-based self-management program developed at Stanford University. The workshops are designed for adults suffering from ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety and/or depression, in addition to their families and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to effectively manage their conditions through nutrition, exercise, symptom management (fatigue, pain), emotional management (stress, depression, anger, fear, frustration), medication, & effective communication with health care providers within an interactive and supportive environment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six in ten adults in the United States suffer from a chronic disease and four in ten adults suffer from two or more. Chronic diseases are broadly defined as conditions that last one or more years, requiring ongoing medical attention and/or limiting activities of daily living. Chronic diseases include Arthritis, Cancer (Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Gynecological, Skin, etc.), Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Lung Disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Lupus, Obesity, Stroke, and Tooth Decay among others. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the US, contributing to the nation’s $3.3 trillion in annual health care costs. Risk factors for developing chronic diseases include poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use/secondhand smoke, and excessive alcohol use.

Pre-registration is required & space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (860) 665-8778. The textbook ‘Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions’ will be available on loan at no cost; participants can also purchase a personal copy.

‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ Flyer

‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH), the North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA), and the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD).

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a twelve member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

Media Contact:

Luis Pantoja

Health Educator

Central Connecticut Health District

2080 Silas Deane Highway

Suite 100

Rocky Hill, CT  06067

P (860) 785-8380 Ex. 209

F (860) 785-8533