An ever-increasing number of people are living longer with chronic pain and/or multiple chronic conditions. Research has proven that people with chronic conditions can learn skills to effectively manage their illness and improve health outcomes. IL Pathways to Health offers several evidence-based classes to improve functional abilities and deal more effectively with symptoms.
Take Charge of Your Health: Chronic Conditions
This program is designed to help participants deal with chronic conditions. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, and how to evaluate new treatments. People with chronic conditions and their caregivers can participate in this program.
Take Charge of Your Diabetes
This program is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes, are pre-diabetic and caregivers of adults with diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.
Tomando Control de Su Salud
Tomando Control de Su Salud is a culturally adapted version of the Take Charge of Your Health in Spanish for anyone with ongoing health conditions and their caregivers.
Tomando Control de Su Diabetes
Tomando Control de Su Diabetes is a Spanish language version of Take Charge of Your Diabetes for anyone living with diabetes, anyone who is pre-diabetic and their caregivers.
Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management
This program is an adaptation of the Take Charge of Your Health Program for working professionals. It contains similar content, but is rearranged into 1-hour segments for the workplace. The programs benefits workplace wellness by: increasing productivity, decreasing absenteeism, reducing healthcare costs, and improving overall health and well-being.
Take Charge of Your Pain
This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments.