What are Healthy Change Workshops?
“Healthy Change - Chronic Conditions Self-Management” is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic or long-term health conditions gain confidence to better manage their symptoms and their daily life. It is available in three formats in Northwestern Ontario; Chronic Conditions (or all long-term conditions mixed in one workshop), Diabetes, Chronic Pain and Cancer Survivors. They are FREE to participants, and participants receive for free the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions reference book. All participants must pre-register for a workshop. Participants should attend all six sessions if possible. The more sessions attended, the more benefit!
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2½ hours, over six weeks. There are ten to sixteen participants in each workshop. The workshop teaches skills for Healthy Change - including healthy eating, exercise, pain and fatigue management, stress management, communicating with your healthcare professional, managing medications, planning and problem solving.
Participants take an active role in the workshop. They set individual goals each week and work to accomplish their goals throughout the following week. Participants are asked to share their goals and progress with the group.
The workshop is led by two Leaders who have taken special training. The Leaders are volunteers or health care professionals, many of whom have chronic conditions themselves.
The "Healthy Change" workshop is a licensed program developed and researched at Stanford University. It follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage the symptoms of chronic conditions. It is considered a best practice in chronic disease self-management and is offered in over 25 countries around the world.
The workshop is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and is part of a the provincial strategy to prevent and manage chronic diseases. From the more populated urban centre of Thunder Bay, Sunset Country, rural communities, East to the North Shore, and up to remote fly-in First Nation communities, the North West LHIN is one of the largest geographic areas that stretches from the Manitoba border to White River! The "Healthy Change" programs are delivered through the North West Local Health Integration Network.
Our vision is that people with chronic conditions and their caregivers will manage their health and quality of life with confidence.