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Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

  • The program has been used for adults over the ages of 18 years old. It has been used for persons with chronic conditions and their caregivers. Examples of chronic conditions are arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, mental illness and addiction.Take Control
  • The program gives participants skills to manage their own health.  Results show an increase in physical activity, improved nutrition, decreased stress, improved communication skills and improved planning and goal setting behaviors.
  • Master trainers train peer leaders throughout the county and state.  Two peer leaders implement 6-week community workshops.  Each session is 2 1/2 hours.
  • Each community workshop should have approximately10-15 participants.
  • It is an evidence based behavior change program with proved replicated outcomes.  There are evaluations.
  • The NJDHS has recommended to the counties that this program be incorporated in local communities.  It supports the goal for our residents to "live a healthy life."
  • For further information, contact Marla Klein at the Bergen County Department of Health Services at .

Subjects covered include:
  1. techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation,
  2. appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance,
  3. appropriate use of medications,
  4. communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals,
  5. nutrition, and
  6. how to evaluate new treatments.

Each participant in the workshop receives either their own or a lending copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition.

It is the process by which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.