Healthier Living Workshops

Living with a chronic condition can be challenging physically and emotionally. Healthier Living Workshops empower people living with chronic illness to take control of their health. At these free workshops, participants learn techniques for reducing stress, getting a good night's sleep, making informed treatment decisions, problem-solving, healthy eating, exercise and more. Studies show participants have fewer sick days, live more active lives, visit the emergency room less often and feel healthier overall.

Three workshops are offered:

  • Healthier Living with Ongoing Conditions
  • Healthier Living with Diabetes
  • Healthier Living with Pain

Small groups of 10 to 15 participants meet weekly with two trained leaders for six weeks at locations throughout Chittenden County. Family members and friends who support participants are also invited to attend the workshops.

All workshops include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Weight management
  • Stress management 
  • Communicating with family and health professionals
  • Problem-solving and goal setting
  • Getting a good night's sleep
  • Medication usage

The chronic pain workshop also covers:

  • Differences between acute and chronic pain and debunking myths
  • Use of distraction and guided imagery
  • Fatigue and sleep management
  • Dealing with the blues and depression
  • Pacing activity and rest

The diabetes workshop also covers:

  • Glucose monitoring
  • Preventing or delaying complications
  • Preventing low blood sugar
  • Skin and Foot care

A “Living Well with Diabetes” class, part of a diabetes education program recognized by the American Diabetes Association, is also available from the The University of Vermont Medical Center Endocrinology and Diabetes department.   

For more information on these or any other self-management workshops offered by The UVM Medical Center, contact the Community Health Improvement team at 802-847-7255.

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I am happy to report that the Healthy Living Workshop classes have motivated me to walk each day for at least 30 minutes, now part of my everyday routine. I highly recommend the Community Health Team to others struggling with chronic health issues.”

-2013 Community Health Team patient