Frequently Asked BC, BH Workshop Questions

What is a Better Choices, Better Health Workshop?

It is a skill-building series that helps people dealing with chronic conditions learn to better manage their condition and their life. The class is beneficial for individuals even if they have been coping with their condition for many years.

Who can attend a workshop series?

Anyone with a chronic condition that has a desire to learn coping skills and better manage their lives. Care givers are also invited to attend as workshop participants. Common chronic conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Weight concerns
  • Emotional or mental conditions

Why should I attend a Better Choices, Better Health workshop?

To find ways to make better choices and have better health! You’ll learn self-management and coping skills to help you better understand the effects and emotions chronic conditions may have on your lifestyle. You will also learn disease related decision-making and problem-solving skills. But probably one of the most important outcomes is that you’ll become more confident in how you manage your condition through practice activities and group feedback.

What topics do the sessions cover?

The emphasis is not to teach you more about chronic conditions, but rather to help you learn the skills and tools to better manage those conditions.

Covered are skills such as:

  • Using your mind to manage your symptoms
  • Communicating with friends, family, and providers
  • Dealing with anger, depression, and other difficult emotions
  • Designing and maintaining a healthy eating and exercise plan
  • Managing pain and fatigue
  • Goal setting, problem solving, and coping
  • Relaxing and stress management skills
  • Appropriate use of medications

How long does the workshop series last?

A workshop is 6 sessions; each is 2-½ hours long and offered once a week. You must attend a minimum of 4 classes to be considered a completer and receive a Stanford University certificate. You must join a workshop before session 3.

Where and when are the workshops held?

Weekly sessions are typically held in the community at facilities like senior centers, churches, libraries, and service organizations. The day of week and time of day will vary from workshop to workshop.

How many can attend a workshop series?

10 to 18 people is the normal enrollment per workshop series.

What is the cost of the workshop sessions?

There is a suggested donation fee of $10.00 for the entire six-week workshop series. This includes your class materials: the Healthy Living Resource guide, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions and an audio relaxation CD, Time for Healing.

Does the Better Choices, Better Health Program replace existing programs and treatments?

It does not conflict with other programs. It enhances regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Walk with Ease, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. It is especially helpful for people with many chronic conditions or illnesses.