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Online Workshop Aims to Improve Overall Health

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Gaston County Adult Services are offering a free virtual workshop aimed at helping you live better and feel better. “Living Healthy at Home” a free six-week, online workshop beginning in March.

This workshop is an evidence-based, self-management program originally developed by Stanford University. It is designed for anyone with a chronic health condition to learn to manage his or her health. Individuals learn how to manage symptoms and to gain support by others who may be experiencing similar problems. Finding support from friends, family, and coworkers provides motivation and encouragement, as well as new ways to work through health problems and the challenges of COVID-19.

 “Living Healthy at Home” truly makes a difference in the lives of so many people, especially while dealing with COVID-19.  Many participants report how helpful the group discussions are as well as being able to problem-solve together on health issues that impact everyone,” said Linda Minges, program facilitator with NC Cooperative Extension.

The program consists of six weekly online sessions scheduled for Tuesdays, March 16 through April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All sessions will be held online so participants are able to remain safely at home. There is no cost to attend, but group size is limited to 12 participants, with priority given to Gaston County residents. A copy of “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” workbook and a relaxation CD will be provided to all participants.

Gaining credible health information is necessary to understand your medical condition and treatment options, which are key factors in managing any health condition. Now is the time to take control of your chronic health condition!

The workshop is valued at more than $600 and fills up quickly, so sign up today! Pre-registration is required by contacting Linda Minges at 704-922-2127 or by March 5, 2021. This program is sponsored by Centralina Area Agency on Aging.